Fair Grove’s state-ranked football team traveled to Butler Friday night and led 40-0 at the half. The Eagles cruised to a 46-6 win, improving their record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-Lakes Conference. They won the conference championship with a victory over Strafford last week.
“We were really flat in the early going, possibly because we got out of school early and had a two-hour bus ride to Butler,” said Fair Grove coach Bill Voorhis. The Eagles recovered fast enough to score 40 points in the first half, though.
Quarterback Rhett Hill completed 12 of 16 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran the ball seven times for 36 yards. Both TD tosses were to Josh Thompson, who caught six passes for 98 yards.
Elijah Young ran the ball seven times for 121 yards and one TD, and Hale Beckley had six carries for 51 yards and two scores. Cole Gilpin had one pass reception for 40 yards, and Dominick Hoskins caught three balls for 36 yards.
The Eagles intercepted two Butler passes -- one by Cayden Stacye and the other by David Oplotnik. Stacye returned his pick for a touchdown. Gilpin had a quarterback sack in the game.
On Friday night Fair Grove will host Buffalo, which is 5-2 with a four-game winning streak. The Eagles have beaten the Bison 11 straight years, but this year promises to be more of a challenge.
“This is the best team Buffalo has had in my memory, and I played against them for Republic in 2003,” Voorhis said. “We will need to figure out a way to stop sophomore quarterback Jamen Smith, who makes everything go.”
Because of Fair Grove’s weird schedule this year, Friday night’s game will be both homecoming and senior night, a highly unusual situation.
“Our players should be locked in and motivated,” he said, “and hopefully there won’t any distractions.”
Another unusual aspect is that this is Fair Grove’s last regular season game of the year, while virtually everybody else wraps up their season next week. This is because the Eagles were unable to find a ninth opponent for their schedule.