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Eagles hang tough in loss at Fairfield

  • Dylan Henshaw looks to make a move on Fairfield's Lucas Halbert in the first half Friday.

    Dylan Henshaw looks to make a move on Fairfield's Lucas Halbert in the first half Friday.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
Staff Report
updated: 4/26/2021 8:13 AM

A pair of first half touchdowns and a field goal were all Fairfield needed Friday night in finishing off a 6-0 season and earning a 17-0 win over Eldorado in Black Diamond Conference Action.
After navigating the ship for the better part of two months of the football season, Eldorado head coach Joe Clark called the experience different and unique.
"It was certainly different, I even found myself more nervous is certain situations," Clark said. Then the stressful part of it, football shutting down and not knowing what direction we were going made things unique, but I'll say this, the kids didn't flinch that much."
On Friday, The Mules racked up 257 total yards of offense, holding Eldorado to just 128 and Fairfield got two first half touchdowns, both of which included senior quarterback Landon Zurliene.
After an 26-yard Aaron Perez field goal with 3:44 left in the third quarter to make it 3-0, Zurliene then ran for an eight-yard scamper and the Mules capped off the first half when Zurliene found Camden Robbins nine yards out for the other score.
Zurliene throw for 50 yards, finishing 8-for-13 with one interception. On the ground, Fairfield ran for 207 as Kaleb Wells had 97 yards on 21 carries.
Eldorado was balanced, finishing with 68 yards passing and 60 yards rushing as Aiden Whitlock closed out his career going 10-of-22 for 68 yards and a pick.
Parker Price led the Eagles on the ground with 24 yards on 11 carries, while Dylan Henshaw had 22 yards on seven carries and two catches for 19 yards. Ezra Burtis caught five balls for 42 yards and ran five times for 13 yards.
"The bottom line is we knew we were going to have to play well to win," Clark added. "(Fairfield) played well. There were a few plays we needed to make, we didn't. They're a good team and there is such a small margin for error, but I feel like we gave it our best shot.
This year, we played so hard and that's what I'm proud about," Clark said. "We make mistakes, but not in relation to effort. The kids handled the adversity and I was excited for the seniors, albeit, in a limited opportunity, but they still got to play their senior year. We'll reflect back on that with fond memories and feel like we accomplished some things."

Eldorado 00 00 00 00 -- 00
Fairfield 03 14 00 00 -- 17

Scoring Summar
First Quarter
FHS -- Perez 26-yard field goal, 3:44
Second Quarter
FHS -- Zurliene 8-yard run (Perez kick), 3:59
FHS -- Zurliene 9-yard pass to Robbins (Perez kick), :40

Team Statistics
EHS FHS
First Downs 10 16
Rushing Attempts-Yards 28-60 47-207
Passing: Comp-Attempts-Int10-22-2 8-14-1
Passing Yards 68 50
Total Yards 128 257
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 3-20 6-55

Individual Statistics
RUSHING: EHS--Price 11-24, Henshaw 7-22, Burtis 5-13, Cantrell 1-4, Whitlock 4-(-3). FHS--Wells 21-97, Pruitt 12-50, Massie 11-49, Zurliene 3-11.
PASSING: EHS--Whitlock 10-22-1 68. FHS--Zurliene 8-13-1- 50, Pruitt 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING: EHS--Burtis 5-42, Henshaw 2-19, Price 2-7. FHS--Massie 2-22, Wells 2-11, Robbins 2-11, Pruitt 1-5, Gardner 1-1.