Despite the winless start to the 2015 season, the Bermudian Springs Eagles have not lost their touch with the Fairfield Green Knights.
Behind 255 yards and five touchdowns from Ashton West, Bermudian won, 42-12, on a rainy night at Fairfield, notching its first win and moving to 12-0 all time against the Green Knights.
"That's a very good coached program, they know what they want to do, and they do it consistently," said Fairfield head coach Darwin Seiler. "They're the program to emulate when you get right down to it."
The Bermudian (1-4, 1-1 Division III) offense, held to 12.8 points per game in four losses, took out its frustrations in a breakout first quarter.
Playing with the wind, the Eagles jumped in front, 21-0.
On the second play of the game, Fairfield's Darian Mort dropped back to pass and was intercepted over the middle by Addison Wheeler.
The junior linebacker took the ball 29 yards to the end zone just 47 seconds into the game.
"We wanted the wind in the first quarter, but to make it work, we had to get a defensive stop," Bermudian head coach Jon DeFoe said. "To get the turnover and the score right away was huge."
Bermudian got another defensive stop on the third play of the next Fairfield drive.
After a first down run by Mort, the next snap sailed high, and he batted it in the air.
West fell on the ball at the Fairfield 29.
As the rain became steadier, the Green Knights stiffened and forced a fourth-and-5.
However, freshman quarterback Chase Dull looped a pass out to an open West 5 yards down field for a first down.
West needed two tries to gain 11 yards and score.
Dull scrambled back to the inside for a two-point conversion on a broken quarterback rollout.
After a three-and-out forced by the defense, West burst up the middle for 30 yards, setting up his second score of the night, when he twisted in from 3 yards out.
Noah Aeppli booted the extra point, no small feat with sheets of rain saturating the field.
When the teams swapped sides of the field for the second quarter, Fairfield (1-4, 0-2) immediately took advantage of the wind.
Tyler Karstetter plunged up the middle for a 4-yard score on the second play of the stanza to make it 21-6.
West restored the lead, capping the next drive with a nice run. Running a sweep to the left, he cut back and cascaded through the outstretched arms of two defenders before crossing the goal line on a 19-yard run that made it 28-6.
In the post game huddle, Bermudian players celebrated and seemed relieved to have their first win.
"I'm happy for the kids to have the monkey off their back," DeFoe said. "We don't usually wait a month to get that first win."
Bermudian 211407—42 Fairfield0
BeS — Addison Wheeler 29 interception return (kick failed), 11:13
BeS — Ashton West 1 run (Chase Dull run), 7:30
BeS — West 3 run (Noah Aeppli kick), 4:51
F — Tyler Karstetter 4 run (kick failed), 11:29
BeS — West 19 run (Aeppli kick), 8:07
BeS — West 1 run (Aeppli kick), 5:14
F — Matt Petrie 2 run (run failed), 8:02
BeS — West 7 run (Aeppli kick), 2:12
BeSFFFirst downs158Rushes-Yards50-27137-84Passing2-4-12-9-2Passing yards2435Total yards295119Punts1-48.03-30.0Fumbles-Lost6-27-2Penalties-Yards3-172-10
Rushing — BeS, Ashton West 27-255, Devon Hodgen 11-20, Chase Dull 6-6, Addison Wheeler 3-2, Team 3-(-12). F, Darian Mort 16-75, Tyler Karstetter 11-40, Matt Petrie 7-3, Team 3-(-34).
Passing — BeS, Dull 2-4-1-24. F, Mort 2-9-2-35, Karstetter 0-0-0-0.
Receiving — BeS, West 1-13, Hodgen 1-11. F, Petrie 1-21, Aaron Moore 1-14.