Fairland Dragons top Pointers 50-20
ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A dominating first quarter performance sparked an offensive explosion for the Fairland Dragons and they went on to defeat South Point, 50-20, Friday night at Jim Mayo Memorial Stadium.
Joel Lambiotte and the Dragons offense set the tone and established themselves through the air on the game’s opening possession. The Dragons drove 65 yards in just eight plays to draw first blood when Lambiotte found Reilly Sowards for a 4-yard touchdown to open the scoring column.
After a pair of stagnant offensive series for both squads, that’s when the Dragon special teams unit decided to ramp up the intensity as freshman Tevin Taylor blocked a South Point punt deep inside Pointer territory. Casey Hudson recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the Dragons touchdown.
South Point quarterback Brody Blackwell was called for intentional grounding in the end zone on the team’s next possession, resulting in a safety and giving Fairland (4-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference) a 16-0 lead with 2:20 left in the opening quarter.
After the ensuing punt, Fairland was set up with a short field and took just one play to score — a 45-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Tyler Sammons to Zeke Ramey. Sammons lined up as a receiver and caught the initial pass from Lambiotte before chucking it downfield for a streaking Ramey. The play was a result of Fairland successfully running screen passes early, causing the Pointers defense to bite.
“It’s something we ran in practice and it looked good,” Fairland head coach Melvin Cunningham said. “They had been biting on some things defensively and when we’re on that end of the field we obviously want to score quickly so we can get some of our (starters) out and not risk injury.”
The Dragons added a pair of touchdowns before the half, a 14-yard rush from Michael Stitt, and a 43-yard scramble from Lambiotte.
Blackwell got the Pointers (0-7, 0-5) on the board before heading to the visiting locker room at halftime with Blackwell hitting Joel Morrison wide open down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown pass, but the Dragons were leading comfortably, 50-7.
With most of the Fairland starters on the bench, the South Point offense, led by Blackwell’s arm, made some big plays in the second half and scored two quick touchdowns on throws of 51 and 63 yards. Blackwell finished with 222 yards and three touchdown passes.
The second half was played on a rolling clock, and Fairland kept the ball on the ground — only attempting two passes in the second half — as it put the ball in the hands of Taylor and fellow freshman J.D. Brumfield who finished things off for the Dragons.
Lambiotte ended the night 10-for-15 for 101 passing yards. He added 64 rushing yards and a touchdown.