Alva Goldbugs lose to Fairview 41-21

The Fairview Yellowjackets hold a first place ranking in Class A football this year after winning the state tournament in 2022. Friday night, the Alva Goldbugs took on their longtime Fairview rival and learned the Jackets deserve that ranking. Although the Goldbugs managed to tie the score in the first quarter and pulled ahead in the second and third, the Yellowjackets showed how much they deserve their rank. Fairview pulled away in the final period to win 41-21.

The heat and the hard-hitting of the Jackets took a toll on the Goldbugs with players suffering leg cramps. Power player Lantz Mathers went out of the game as the second half began and didn't return for the remainder of the contest.

First Half

Defense was strong on both sides to open the game. It wasn't until halfway through the first quarter that Fairview was able to make a sustained drive to the goal. Starting at their 20 yard line, the Jackets moved steadily down the field with a combination of passes and rushing. At the Alva 23, junior quarterback Jax Bernard handed the ball to Brant Strader who carried it for a first down to the 17. From there Bernard threw to Reed Martens who ran the last two feet into the end zone. The drive took 12 plays to cover 80 yard. The extra point kick by Bernard was good, and Fairview led 7-0.

Alva set up on their 15 yard line. After two incomplete passes, junior Cambell Gaisford handed the ball to Mathers who had a big run, breaking tackles, and made the first down. Gaisford passed to Aiden Kimberlin who leapt up for the catch and found running room, crossing into the end zone for a 50 yard pass play. Kash Shipley's kick was good, and the score was tied at 7-7.

Fairview had the ball at their 28 yard line as the quarter ended. In the second period, the Yellowjackets continued forward progress to the Alva 25. The Goldbugs held the line as Bernard had two incomplete passes. Then Goldbug Trace Hamilton broke through coverage to tackle Bernard for a loss. The Jackets went for it on fourth down, but Hamilton sacked Bernard to give Alva the ball.

Alva made it to the Fairview 44 but had to punt. Fairview advanced from their 16 to near the middle of the field. That's where Bernard was sacked again. Mathers grabbed the ball as it came loose and went 35 yards for a touchdown. Shipley's kick was good, and Alva led 14-7.

The Goldbug lead was short-lived. In a surprise move, Bernard took the snap at the Fairview 26 and found running room after breaking a tackle. He went 74 yards for the touchdown, and the score was tied at 14-14.

Alva made zero progress on their next possession and had to punt. Fairview took over at their 41 and progressed toward the goal. At the Alva 9, Bernard handed off to Grant Church who was tackled by Kimberlin for a one-yard loss. Bernard gained five yards on a keeper. From there he passed to Martens in the end zone for the TD. Bernard's extra point kick was blocked, but Fairview led 20-14 going into halftime.

Second Half

Alva had the ball to start the second half. On the first play, Gaisford handed off to Mathers who gained two yards but fell to the ground with a leg problem. He was helped off the field and did not return. The Goldbug push stalled out and Shipley had to punt. Isaiah Burris had a big 25 yard run-back to put Fairview on the Alva 24.

With carries by Church and a couple of passes to Burris, the Yellowjackets were at the Alva 10 yard line. Burris made five yards on a pass play. Then Alva's Tripp Cole tackled Church for a loss of three. The Alva players moved too soon, and the ball was moved half the distance to the goal. Bernard dropped the ball after the snap, setting the line of scrimmage back to the Alva 9. From there Bernard tried to kick a field goal, but it missed to the left.

The Goldbugs made it from their 20 to the 50 on a 3-yard carry by Cole and a 27 yard pass play to Daylon Malone. Gaisford gained three yards on a keeper, but he was sacked on the next play. The Goldbugs had to punt.

Fairview took the ball on their 18 and made it to the 20 before Kimberlin picked off a pass to give Alva control of the ball.

An offside penalty on Fairview moved the Goldbugs to the Fairview 33. After an incomplete pass, Alva was penalized for movement, setting them back 5 yards. Gaisford connected with Malone for a 15 yard pass to make the first down. A pass to Kimberlin put the Goldbugs on the Fairview 14 where Gaisford kept the ball for five yards and a first down. Gaisford threw to Kimberlin who made an over the shoulder catch for the touchdown. Shipley's kick was good, and Alva led 21-20.

Fairview answered on the next drive. At the Alva 32, Bernard threw to Martens who found an opening and ran for the touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Fairview led 26-21.

Alva made no progress on their possession and had to punt. The third quarter ended with a Goldbug penalty that put Fairview at the Alva 27.

Once again, the Goldbugs held the Yellowjackets just four yards short of the end zone. Bernard tried a field goal but missed again.

At the Alva 20, Gaisford's pass was tipped, and Easton Hamar grabbed it for the Jackets. He ran 25 yards for the touchdown. This time the two-point conversion worked, and Fairview led 34-21.

After no progress by Alva, Fairview took over at their 45. Soon they were back knocking on Alva's door. The Jackets moved from the 19 to the 14 on carries by Church. Then Alva was flagged for pass interference, moving Fairview to the 7 and a first down. Bernard handed off to Church who was tacked by Zander Miller with a gain of only one yard. After an incomplete, Bernard passed to Strader for the touch. The kick was good, and Fairview led 41-21 with 5:38 left in the game.

On Alva's next possession, Malone caught a pass and dragged tacklers to move Alva from the 46 to the 18. On the next play, Gaisford lost the ball as he was tackled. Church picked it up, giving Fairview the final possession of the game. They made limited progress, and time ran out with Fairview winning 41-21.

Wrap-Up

The Goldbugs dropped to 1-2 for the season while Fairview is now 3-0. The Goldbugs have a bye week coming up. They will host Millwood on Friday, Sept. 22.

In other Friday games of interest, Chisholm defeated Kingfisher 20-17 in overtime, Hinton topped Hennessey 27-21, Oklahoma Christian School beat Luther 29-20, Tonkawa beat Perry 8-0, Woodland defeated Newkirk 36-0, and Shattuck topped Cherokee 42-14.

 

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