Keokuk came into Fairfield Friday night tied with Washington for last in the SEC at 1-6 in conference play after ?upsetting? the Warriors 53-51 a week ago. Nevertheless, the Trojans took no mercy and hulk-smashed the Chiefs 64-36 after holding leads of 24-4 after only eight minutes and 48-12 at the half.
The Trojans turned on the cruise control in the third period, outpacing their conference rivals from down by the river 7-6, before conceding the fourth quarter 16-9 for the 28 point victory.
Fairfield football?s quarterback, junior Carson Crile, had two touchdowns worth of scoring in the first period alone with seven points coming in a :09 spurt that resembled something from a Reggie Miller 30 for 30 film, and 10 points in under a minute before finishing with 18 and four rebounds.
Fellow junior Collin Breen had seven points of his own in the first quarter and finished with 13 to help ensure the seniors had a nice going away party in front of a packed gym at FHS. Breen also had two steals and Head Coach Mick Flattery said, ?Collin?s length really disrupted Keokuk?s press offense.?
Twelth-grader and starting point guard Dante Cingire had all nine of his points in the first half, and also finished with four deflections, three steals and three assists. Fellow senior Aaron Haines ended his night with two points.
Other stat lines were: Austin Simpson nine points, four rebounds and two steals; Tristin Waugh six points, five rebounds and four assists; Cole Engle four points, four deflections and three rebounds; Drew Martin two points and four deflections; Brittan Bowman one point; Mark Diers two rebounds.
The boys? team is now 10-8. winners of six in a row and seven of their last 10 and at 5-2 have secured second place in the SEC behind conference champion and Class 3A?s No. 2 ranked team, Mt. Pleasant.
?Our focus was really good throughout the game,? said Flattery. ?Our pressure defense was very active, which led to 18 deflections and 14 steals. We also shot 68 percent from inside the perimeter.?
Flattery also appreciated the large crowd for the girls and boys games.
?Thanks to the community for supporting the kids, great turnout.?
Tuesday the Trojans will conclude their regular season home schedule when they host Chariton while the ladies head northwest to Knoxville.