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Princeton falls in conference opener
September 22, 2013Princeton High School
The Princeton football team suffered a 42-27 loss to the Fairfield Indians to open up league play on Friday, September 20 at Fairfield Stadium in Fairfield, Ohio.
The Indians took the opening possession of the game and drove right through the Vikings' defense for an early 7-0 lead with 9:26 remaining in the first quarter.
Princeton's up-tempo offense would even up the score with a Tyrell Gilbert 2 yard touchdown. The offense, which struggled to find consistency in last week's loss at LaSalle looked like the league's top ranked overall offense.
Princeton would add another touchdown in the second quarter as Gilbert would run right up the middle for a 10 yard touchdown run.
Fairfield responded on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 14-14 with 2:11 remaining.
The Vikings would then put together a perfect 2:00 minute offense resulting in Gilbert finding Bryant Holloway on a 10 yard fade in the back of the end zone to take a 21-14 lead into the first half.
Princeton would start the second with the football, and put together a 80 yard ending with Gilbert's third rushing touchdown. The scoring drive was highlighted by Elijah Ball's 40 yard reception and Tracy Fomby's ability to elude a sworming defense to get the ball inside the 1 yard line.
Ball had a career high 7 catches for 163 yards.
Leading 27-14, the Vikings' defense continued to play aggressive in the third quarter, but would end up haunting them down the stretch. Holloway would intercept Fairfield's pass at midfield and take back for another touchdown, but the score would be brought back on defense pass interference. On the very next play, Fairfield would score on a 46 yard pass play to cut the deficit 27-22.
Fairfield's Tre Lewis would break through for a 54 yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter to put the Indians up 28-27.
The Vikings, who turned the ball over three times last week, would finish the night with one turnover. However, the lone turnover resulted in a fumble recovery score after Fairfield took the 1 point lead. The Indians' Lewis would use his speed to race past the Vikings' defense for a 48 yard touchdown run to close the door on Princeton.
The up-tempo offense finished the night with 452 total yards. Tyrell Gilbert was 8 of 11 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown. Gilbert also was the leading rusher with 87 yards and 3 touchdowns before exiting the game due to injury.
Backup quarterback, Orlando McIntosh finished the night 10 of 19 passing for 126 yards.
Elijah Harris added 66 yards rushing.
The defense allowed 354 total yards. Aubrhee Woods anchored the defense with 5 solo tackles and an interception. De'Marco Smith and Sean Cook finished with 4 solo tackles in the loss.
Princeton (1-3, 0-1) will host Lakota East on Friday, September 27 at Viking Stadium.