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Fairfield got its season off to a strong start Friday, beating Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy, 47-15, on the road in its season opener.

According to Fairfield head coach Darwin Seiler, the Green Knights led 27-0 at halftime and 47-0 with a few minutes to go before putting in their substitutes. Sophomore running back Charlie Burnett was the star of the game, scoring four times, including a 45-yard punt return touchdown.

Seiler said the Knights didn't throw the ball particularly well but ran the ball extremely effectively. Quarterback Darian Mort also ran for a touchdown, and Dan Miller added two scores on the ground.

After finishing last season 1-9, Seiler said he hopes the win will give his young players confidence. The Green Knights have just five seniors and five juniors on their 33-player roster.

"It's always good to start off with a win. We have the same kids as last year, and they worked through that, and it shows how determined they are," Seiler said. "It'll do a world of good for everybody's confidence. We saw a lot of evidence of how players like (Burnett) worked in the weight room, and this really validates everybody's hard work there this offseason."

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