CULVER — It was a special Senior Night in Culver as the Eagles dominated the Fairfield Falcons early and held on to a 40-24 win.
On the opening possession Culver held Fairfield to a three and out and on only its second play on offense, senior Aramonti Phillips raced down the field for an 82-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 6-0. CMA converted an onside kick to only have penalties stall their drive. Pierre Byrne stopped Fairfield’s drive with an interception on a deep pass down the sideline saving a touchdown. The Eagles took over on their own 8 drove the length of the field and senior Joel Tinney scored on a direct snap on 4th and goal at the 1-inch line. Tinney would follow that up with an interception of his own on Fairfield’s next possession to put the Eagles in scoring position. Quarterback Hayes Barnes would score from 2 yards out on a quarterback keeper to put CMA up 20-0.
On the next kickoff, the Falcon’s Brett Baumgartner returned the kickoff for a touchdown to make the score 20-7. Fairfield failed on an attempted onside kick which gave CMA great field position at their own 40. They drove down the field mostly behind the rugged running of Phillips who scored from 16 yards out after being hit twice in the backfield. Pierre Byrne added a touchdown run of his own with 38 seconds left to go in the half to make the score 34-7 at the half.
Culver received the kickoff to start the second half and Joel Tinney raced past everyone as he took it to the house. With the score now 40-7, after the failed PAT, the Eagles owned a comfortable lead. From then on a lot of the younger Eagles received some quality playing time, which according to Coach Andy Dorrel is a special gift from the seniors on their night.
“Giving the young kids a chance to play on senior night is very special,” Dorrel said. “We always talk about the program and for our older kids to earn the right for the younger kids to get in the game was very exciting. We see a little passing of the torch tonight with the older guys taking care of the young kids they push around in practice during the week.”
Fairfield would score a couple of touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, but the effort wasn’t enough to overcome the huge deficit. The Eagles were too much too early for a strong Fairfield team to match up with even though they fought hard to get back in the game. The Eagles finish the regular season with a record of 7-2 and will travel to John Glenn next week to open sectionals.
• CULVER MILITARY 40, FAIRFIELD 24
Fairfield 0 7 3 14 - 24
CMA 6 28 6 0 - 40
CMA - Aramonti Phillips 82 run. Kick failed, 10:03.
CMA - Joel Tinney 1 run. Ryan Graf kick, 10:08.
CMA - Hayes Barnes 2 run. Graf kick, 7:27.
F - Brett Baumgartner 91 kickoff return. Eldon Burtsfield kick, 7:11.
CMA - Phillips 16 run. Graf kick, 5:11.
CMA - Pierre Byrne 4 run. Graf kick, 0:38.
CMA - Tinney 81 kickoff return. Run failed, 11:46.
F - Burtsfield 37 field goal, 4:30.
F - Garrett Scott 3 run. Burtsfield kick, 8:47.
F - Caleb Noble 10 pass from Mitch Dewitt. Burtsfield kick,
First downs 16 16
Total yards 295 414
Yards passing 152 107
Passing 13-24-3 7-11-0
Punting 2/27.5 3/37.6
Fumbles/lost 1/1 1/1
Penalties/Yds 3/30 9/72
Records: CMA 7-2, Fairfield 6-3