Mt. Pleasant football falls to Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — The Trojans set the tone on the opening kickoff.
Fairfield’s Alex Christensen delivered a hearty blow to Mt. Pleasant’s kick returner, effectively showcasing the Trojans’ intensity. It was a mentality that the Panthers simply could not match. Fairfield defeated Mt. Pleasant 52-21.
“I don’t think we came in with a lot of intensity like I thought we would,” Mt. Pleasant coach Shawn Striegel said. “I’m a little disappointed in that.”
Mt. Pleasant attempted a play-action pass on its first drive that was intercepted by Fairfield’s Jordan Whitney. A 26-yard scamper by Christensen put the Trojans in scoring position. First time starting quarterback Cameron Baumann ran in a 10-yard touchdown on a keeper to the left to put Fairfield on the scoreboard.
Baumann, a freshman, played exactly how the Fairfield coaching staff hoped he would when they made the quarterback change earlier this week. Baumann threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns, while running for an additional 88 yards. He added on three touchdowns with his legs.
“I couldn’t have done it without the coaches,” Baumann said. “They tell me what to do and I go do it.”
Senior tight end Vince Horras is already reaping the benefits of Baumann playing under center. Horras caught four passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. There were also many pass attempts where the new duo could not connect; meaning Horras could see pass-catching numbers hit an all-time high.
“I’m excited to have him around,” Horras said. “He does a great job. He’s got some energy, and we definitely needed some of that by week five.”
Mt. Pleasant tried to mount a comeback late in the first half. Quarterback Dustin Amos connected with Blake Knudson for 25 yards. After that, a pass interference call set up the Panthers with first and goal at the Fairfield six yard line. Amos found tight end Justin Dilks for a six-yard touchdown pass. Amos would find Cole Phillips for another touchdown pass later in the second quarter. At halftime, the Panthers found themselves down 35-14.
“Ultimately, Fairfield played a good game,” Striegel said. “They were well prepared and well coached. They did a nice job.”
It took less than two minutes for Fairfield to score in the second half. Christensen ran in a touchdown from two yards out, making it 42-14. Amos threw an interception soon after, which was caught by Dakota Nye. The Panthers turned the ball over four times in the game.
“We took advantage of turnovers and created turnovers, which makes a big difference,” Fairfield coach Mike Schenck said.
The Panthers are still searching for their first win of the season. Mt. Pleasant still has to play Williamsburg and Washington, who sit in first and second place in Class 3A District 7. An away game at Keokuk in week eight is sandwiched in between the two district powers.
Fairfield (2-4) has three winnable games remaining on its schedule. Next week the Trojans travel to Ft. Madison to face the Bloodhounds.
Mt. Pleasant is now 0-6 on the season and 0-3 in the district. They host Washington on Friday.