Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

FOYIL — A scoring burst in the middle two quarters helped Foyil breeze to a 46-19 victory over Fairland here Friday night in a District A-8 game.

“We just couldn’t stop their power,” Fairland head coach Jimmy Dushane said. “They just kicked our tail all night. We patched things up a bit in the third and fourth quarters, but it was just one of those nights.”

The Panthers had led 8-0 after one quarter, but scored three times in the second period to go up 28-0.

Foyil came back with two more scores in the third, then added a final TD in the fourth.

The Owls dropped to 2-2 in the district and 4-4 overall.

They nail down third place with a victory over winless Hulbert Friday night.

Foyil now is 3-1 in A-8 and Porter remains fourth following its 37-22 loss at Afton.

“Our kids went out and played hard,” Dushane said. “We thought we had a good gameplan scheme-wise. We thought we’d be able to run the ball more than we did. We had thought we could throw it on them.”

And that’s where the bulk of the Owls’ success came.

Quarterback Jon Henry completed 17 of 30 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

Jordan Alexander had Fairland’s first TD, an 18-yard reception from Henry in the third quarter.

Then Jesse Drosche came back with catches of 8 and 27 yards in the fourth.

 “We had receivers open, but they had more people in the box than we could handle,” Dushane said.

The Panthers had success with the flexbone popularized by Air Force.

“We knew how to stop it … we just couldn’t,” Dushane said. “I wasimpressed with their offensive line play. They pulled the guards really well.”

The Owls finished with 325 yards in total offense, the bulk coming on passes. They managed only 84 yards on the ground on 23 attempts.

Henry was FHS’ leading rusher with 30 yards on 13 carries. Brayden Lierle and Kolton Selsor added 27 yards apiece.

Alexander finished with 97 yards on six receptions. Drosche and Lierle each caught four passes, Drosche netting 98 yards while Lierle accounted for 26 yards.

Gunnar Anderson caught three passes for 20 yards.

Chas Wood was the Owls’ defensive leaders with 18 tackles. Selsor added 16 and K.C. Jones chipped in with 12 stops.