CHURUBUSCO – A Churubusco scorekeeper summed up the Eagles, and Fairfield running back Cameron Kitson, in a passing phrase Friday.
They gotta stop that guy, he said after Kitson broke off a 16-yard run in the third quarter. Hes killing us.
Kitson, a senior, ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons ended Churubuscos unbeaten streak in NECC play that stretched back to 2010 with a 35-14 victory.
It feels great, Fairfield coach Bob Miller said. These seniors have persevered. Weve talked about it for a long time with them. Theyre a group that won three football games as seventh- and eighth-graders.
Kitson said after the game that his team had a motto this season: Started from the bottom, now were here, a nod to a song by Drake that carries those lyrics.
The bottom for the Falcons was three wins in two years during middle school. Now, they have a share of the NECC title.
The Falcons (7-1, 7-1) became the first team to beat Churubusco (7-1, 6-1) in three seasons, and Fairfield did it at the Eagles place, on their senior night.
We all worked our butts off in the weight room, and we just came up and proved a ton, Kitson said. It feels amazing.
Kitson ran for 161 of his yards and both touchdowns on eight carries in the first half as Fairfield jumped out to a 28-6 lead.
Hes had a great year all year long, Miller said. Boy, he hits the hole and punches the gas. Hes had a great season for us.
His 86-yard touchdown run with less than 1:30 left in the first half, which was set up by a Falcons fumble recovery on their 13, proved to be a game-changer.
The Eagles struggled with the veer-based run game of the Falcons throughout the matchup, and Fairfield broke four runs of more than 20 yards in the first half alone.
Their defense is so aggressive, you can really use that to your advantage if you just be patient and you wait for your blocks, Kitson said. Then, you explode when you see that hole.
Lucas Miller contributed one of those runs, a 41-yard gain, and carried it in on fourth-and-1 from the goal line for the games first score. The Eagles couldnt do much against Miller, either, as he racked up 85 yards and a score on 12 attempts.
Churubusco picked up some momentum with 8:29 left in the third quarter off a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive back Logan Harris, but the Falcons offense remained baffling for the Eagles.
The Fairfield defense did its part, as well.
The unit gave up just 140 rushing yards to Churubusco in the first half and stuffed the Eagles run-oriented offense in the second half.
Churubusco quarterback Hayden Kilgore took three sacks despite dropping back just seven times.
Weve steadily gotten better all year, Miller said of his defense. Its been a growing process for them as theyve moved through the season, and they have gotten better each game.