By STU SWARTZ
SPECIAL TO THE GOSHEN NEWS
The “sudden change” of a high school football game jumped up and bit the Fairfield Falcons with a vengeance on Friday night.
The Falcons scored the first 14 points of a Class 2A sectional semifinal before the Cass Kings tallied 46 unanswered points for a 46-14 runaway at Fairfield.
The decisive stretch came late in the second quarter when the Kings scored three touchdowns in less than four minutes to turn a 14-3 deficit into a 25-14 halftime lead.
There was no catching up tor the Falcons who finish an injury-riddled season at 7-4. Cass takes a 10-1 record to North Judson next Friday night for a sectional title game.
FHS coach Bob Miller said, “In the first quarter, we were executing and playing very well. Then we made some mistakes that cost us three scores, twice letting a receiver get behind us.
“We coughed the football up a couple times and things just snowballed on us. Cass is a very steady and consistent team. They don’t make many mistakes and capitalize on yours.
“This was a great group to work with this year and this team got us back on the winning track. Still, seven victories is not good enough for Fairfield football. I’m glad they have higher standards.”
Senior Marcus Hedrick put Cass on top with a 27-yard field goal midway through the first period as the visitors had a tough time getting untracked after a long bus ride.
Fairfield went 65 yards in 11 plays to take the lead with senior Garrett Scott throwing 24 yards to classmate Caleb Noble for the touchdown with 1:21 to go in the opening frame.
After forcing Cass to punt, the Falcons traveled 54 yards on 10 snaps with Scott bursting the final three yards for the score. Senior Eldon Burtsfield converted and FHS had its 14-3 lead with 5:03 until halftime.
The Kings answered quickly with a long pass play and added two more running scores before intermission, aided by a Fairfield fumble on a kick return.
Scott completed 18 of 33 passes for 189 yards with Noble catching 10 for 117.
Cass finished the night with 349 yards rushing and 130 passing. Junior Gabe Welch ran for 139 yards while senior quarterback Sheldon Slusser ran for 64 and threw for 130.
Senior Coty Garris had an early tackle for loss for Fairfield and freshman Mitch DeWitt later recovered a fumble. Garris also had a 35-yard kick return in the second half.