The Fauquier Falcons likely played the best Homecoming game in their history Friday.
They defeated the winless Brentsville Tigers, 53-0, which is one of Fauquier’s greatest margins of victory over the past 14 years.
The 53 points were the Falcons’ sixth-most scored in a game since 1998, and the only game in which the Falcons outscored an opponent by more than 53 during the past 14 seasons was a 59-0 victory Oct. 30, 2010 against Woodgrove.
“A couple times I looked up and I was like … ‘Did we really score that many points,’” said wide receiver Wes Olinger, who scored two touchdowns. “It’s kind of crazy.”
Fauquier improved its overall record to 5-1 and secured a share of the lead in the Evergreen District with Warren County, which has a 1-0 district record like the Falcons. However, Fauquier began last season in similar fashion only to fall apart down the stretch.
The Falcons started 2011 on a 5-2 run and held the district lead at 2-0, but then they lost four consecutive games.
“That’s a terrible feeling taking that nose-dive,” Fauquier coach Jamie Carter said. “Everybody that was associated with this program last year remembers it. We made a promise…to never let that happen again.”
“We can’t get complacent,” he said.
Fauquier will play next week at Warren County (6-0, 1-0), which dismantled Liberty on Friday, winning 41-7 after taking a 41-0 lead into halftime.
“If we could stay focused this week with all the homecoming nonsense and having a bye week before, I’m pretty sure we can stay focused for this next week,” lineman Brady Burr said of the upcoming Warren County game. “I just think we’re a lot more focused this year” compared to 2011.
Against Brentsville (0-6 overall, 0-1 district) on Friday, D.J. Helkowski began the scoring with a 32-yard field goal with 9 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Fauquier then took a 10-0 lead when Burr caught a loose ball on a botched wide receiver reverse by the Tigers and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.
“The guy pitched it right to me,” Burr said. “I was not thinking that I’d score a touchdown tonight.”
In the second quarter, Wes Olinger caught touchdown passes of 10 and 30 yards from quarterback Colin Diehl to give Fauquier a 25-0 lead. Olinger even ran in a two-point conversion after his first touchdown.
The Falcons increased their lead to 32-0 with 40.6 seconds remaining in the second period with an 80-yard touchdown by Todd Jordan on a screen pass from Diehl.
In the third quarter, Robert Scott scored on a 3-yard run and Diehl threw to Nick Succop on a slant route, which Succop turned into a 44-yard touchdown. Backup quarterback Robert Morrison added a 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring with 9:27 remaining in the period.
The Tigers drove to Falcons' 22-yard line on their final possession against second string players, but then they lost a fumble for the third time in the game – the second time on a reverse attempt. Brentsville also drove within the Fauquier 30-yard line on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, but missed short on a pair of field goals attempts.
Fauquier didn’t punt until only 3:46 remained in the fourth quarter.
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