Fauquier takes care of business against Brentsville, 28-0, in Bird Bowl tuneup
Saturday, Nov. 2
Fauquier's Kenny Palmer intercepts a pass during a 28-0 win over Brentsville on Friday. --Photo by Rick Wasser
A motivated Fauquier Falcons squad had one final task to complete before the Bird Bowl: put away the winless Brentsville Tigers.
It was nearly guaranteed that the Falcons would defeat the Tigers, and they did, winning 28-0 at Falcon Field thanks to Louis Heisler's three touchdown passes and outstanding defense.
Falcon coach Jamie Carter admitted the high octane Bird Bowl this Friday in Bealeton was probably on his players' minds, but he tried to keep them focused on beating the Tigers (0-10), “We play one game at a time. Every time we have done that so far we have taken care of business,” said Carter.
The Falcons’ didn’t hesitate in sending the rebuilding Tigers to their 39th straight loss and third 0-10 year in a row.
Three plays into their first drive junior quarterback Heisler connected with a leaping Leif Heltzel. The senior receiver came down with the ball and sprinted to the end zone to complete a 54-yard pass play.
On the first play of the second quarter Heisler found Heltzel again. The quick slant was Heltzel's second ticket to the end zone. “It was a quick hitter. I ran a slant and as soon as a caught it I looked up and saw a lot of green so I just took off for the goal line,” said Heltzel.
Fauquier also scored on the ground when junior Briar Thomas bolted in from 11 yards late in the second quarter. Fauquier’s fourth and final touchdown came late in the third when Heisler found Chukwudi Okeke, who beat his defender for a 60-yard score through the air.
The Falcon defense was outstanding keeping the Tigers out of the end zone, giving up only 197 total yards and forcing a fumble.
“All around this was a good performance,” said Heisler. “We did exactly what we needed to do to win.”
The Fauquier passing game has been inconsistent but shined in limited passes against the Tigers. “The past couple weeks we wanted to open things up. We wanted to do it last week but things weren’t clicking,” said Heltzel. “This week we used this opportunity to get the offense opened up.”
“Our passing game was very dangerous,” said running back Todd Jordan. “If we pass the ball like we did tonight all season, we would’ve won all our games. It was that dangerous.”
Heisler finished 6-of-10 for 238 yards and three touchdowns, and had Heltzel to thank,
Heltzel is perhaps Heisler's most reliable target. Heltzel’s two touchdowns marked the first time in his career that he had multiple receiving scores in one game.
“He has been a great receiver all year. He always catches the ball,” said Heisler. “I like all my receivers but I always have my eye on him.”
With the Tigers dispatched, Fauquier hungers to end its 10-game losing streak to the Eagles in the Fauquier Times-sponsored Bird Bowl.
Liberty once again looms as a huge hurdle for the Falcons. Not only do the Eagles have home field Friday, plus their lopsided 15-4 series lead, but they're sky high after beating Kettle Run and Eastern View.
Even with their poor history against their archrival, the Falcons remain confident that this year will provide a different outcome.
“I think we are where we need to be to beat Liberty, we are on a roll,” said junior Zach Evans. “We are excited to get after them again.”
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