FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield Mules are indeed as good as advertised. They are big, strong, experienced and talented and had no problem putting the hurt to a young Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton Bearcats team Friday by a score of 60-0 in Black Diamond Conference play.
The Mules scored all of their points in the first half. Dylan Heifner got Fairfield on the board in the first quarter with a 36-yard run. The two-point conversion was good by Wyatt Gilbert. The Mules kept adding scores and the half ended with the Mules holding a 60-0 lead. Neither team scored in the second half as there was a continuous clock.
In discussing the challenge his team faced, first-year CZR coach Anthony Hargrove said the match was his team's first road game, adding that the hostile environment was an adjustment for some of his players.
"I think maybe it got to our guys a little bit. We've got to remember the basics," Hargrove said. "Vince Lombardi said it best, 'Teams that do the basic things the most usually win' and we've got to be able to do the basics."
On the night, the Fairfield offense accumulated 311 rushing yards on 38 attempts and added another 31 yards passing on five attempts. The 311 yards on the ground were distributed to a total of nine different backs.
C-Z-R's primary offensive focus was its passing game and it yielded some good results. Sophomore signal caller Bryce Pratt was 16-of-34 passing for 159 yards and freshman Landen Bate was 1-of-2. The passes were spread out to six different receivers with sophomore, Greg Fletcher, leading the receiving corps with 90 yards on nine receptions.
The Bearcats' passing attack shows great promise, Hargrove said. The results would have even been better, but there were some dropped passes that negated some significant gains and one scoring opportunity.