Fayette held on to edge Westran 21-18 in a Lewis and Clark Conference thriller on Friday night, for the Falcons third victory of the season.
The fourth quarter’s climactic finish began with about five minutes left and Westran in possession of the football. A defensive stop by the Falcons assisted by a holding call against Westran put the ball in Fayette’s hands. The Hornets then trusted their defense to come up with a stop and managed to get the offense the football with two and a half minutes to go and one timeout left. Down by three freshman QB Gage Adler, who had to come into the game in the third quarter for injured starting QB Cooper Harvey, completed a pass to Marshall Kitchens that ended up on the four yard line. With no timeouts left the Hornets were forced to spike the ball, and the Falcon defense ultimately completed the goaline stand with the Hornets on the one yard line to take the victory.
Westran head coach Aaron O’Laughlin expected a tough L&C contest against a quality Fayette team.
O’Laughlin said that this year, the Hornets are implementing some new facets to the game plan compared to prior seasons.
For the Falcons and head coach Mike Thompson, a fiery start was followed by some dwindling confidence.
Thompson noted that the Hornet’s rushing attack presented problems all night for his defense.
The Hornets will travel to Paris this week for another L&C showdown. Fayette will head to Marceline for a contest that can be heard on KRES and centralmoinfo.com.