Falcons pull away from Culpeper, 27-6
Saturday, Oct. 26
Fauquier's Spicer Sabruno carries the ball during a 27-6 win over Culpeper on Friday. --Photo by Ian Chini
Falcon coach Jamie Carter knew his team needed a win Friday on the road against the Culpeper Blue Devils (3-6).
While that outcome seemed likely, victory didn’t come easy.
While the Falcons' defense was dominant from the start, the offense battled inconsistency for most of the first half before scoring three times in the second half to pull away to a 27-6 victory.
“We had to get back in the win column and we did whatever it took to get there,” said Carter. “Credit goes out to the kids, they picked it up and got it done.”
The Falcons (4-4) have come out flat in the first half of games this year, a trend again evident against Culpeper. Of Fauquier's five first half possessions FHS scored only once, punted twice, fumbled, and had a field goal blocked.
Their inability to execute drives in the first half has been frustrating for the Falcons' head coach all year.
“Miscues, dropped snaps, dropped balls, fumbles. It's the same stuff that has been killing us all year,” said Carter. “If I knew how, I would be able to correct it by now. It’s just inconsistency and we have battled it all year.”
Quarterback Louis Heisler admitted that his team did not play to the best of their abilities early. “We came out with a mentality that we were going to beat them but we came down to their level,” said Heisler. “It took a while but we did get back and did what we should’ve.”
After senior workhorse Todd Jordan scored on a 15-yard run and a botched extra point the Falcons led at the end of the first quarter.
Heisler connected with Elijah Barbour on a screen pass but the senior receiver fumbled and the loose ball was recovered by Culpeper linebacker Cody Vick.
Six plays later senior running back Bruce Mosley ran up the left sideline and jetted past Falcon defenders. The 24-yard score was the only score of the night for the Blue Devils. A missed extra point tied the game at 6-6.
The Falcons had a chance to take a lead before halftime but junior Blue Devil Michael Elliot blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt by D.J. Helkowski.
While Fauquier struggled early, they came out of halftime a much improved team.
“In the second half you can see what we can do when we put things together,” said Carter.
“We have yet to turn it on from start to finish,” added senior lineman Brady Burr. “We came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.”
After a three-and-out to start the half, the Blue Devils punted and downed the ball at the one yard line.
With their backs against the wall, the Falcons assembled their most impressive drive of the game and arguably the season.
Fauquier drove the length of the field on 18 plays and chewed up nine and a half minutes before Heisler connected with a wide open Jordan in the end zone for a 8-yard go-ahead score.
“”Todd was wide open so I lobbed it to him and he made a great catch,” said Heisler.
“Last year I caught one and ran 80 yards but this is the first time I caught one in the end zone,” said Jordan.
Carter was happy to see his team execute on the long drive, “They executed for 99-and-half yards when at times we can’t get five. I was proud of them.”
“That 99-yard drive is what we want to do on offense all year. We don’t want to be one of those teams that score in 30 seconds we want to chew up clock,” said Burr.
Two plays after a Daekwon Fisher fumble, FHS added another score when Heisler showed of his legs on a long 35-yard dash to the end zone.
Briar Thomas would force another turnover when he sacked Culpeper quarterback Jeremy Robson and jarred the ball loose. FHS ran the ball nine times in a row and watched sophomore Keion Lewis add another score on a 4 yard run.
Jordan scored twice, accumulating 122 yards on 21 carries
“It wasn’t pretty but Todd ran hard,” said Carter. “It is what we have looked like all year, sloppy with Todd Jordan running hard.”
The Falcons defense also put in a good night’s work forcing 4 fumbles and 2 interceptions.
FHS hosts the winless Brentsville Tigers (0-9) Friday, before closing the regular season with the traditional Bird Bowl clash with Liberty.
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