Ferris Jackets fall to Fairfield Eagles
Robert Andrews Special to The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - The Ferris Yellow Jackets home opener kicked off Friday, Aug. 26 against the Fairfield Eagles. The Jackets came up short losing to the Eagles 42-7 in a hard fought battle.
The Jackets 2011-12 season got under way in their newly renovated stadium and with a predominately new coaching staff, which includes first year new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Aarron Emeyabbi.
Emeyabbi brings a brand new power spread offense to Ferris, which some would say is long past due.
So, Jacket fans, we can finally stop yelling those famous words “Throw the Ball.”
Ferris would win the toss to start the first.
Quarter and get a chance to put their new run/pass offense to the test.
The Jackets looked good on the opening drive, till forced to give the ball over to the Eagles on their own 42 yard line after a failed fourth and third attempt.
Fairfield would quickly catch the Jackets young secondary off guard, scoring on a 42 yard pass and go up 7-0.
The Jackets would start their next drive on the 35 yard line after #3 Robert Grady fought hard to get a 15 yard return.
Sophomore quarterback Keegan Harris then took Ferris down the field on a 10 play drive to the 22 yard line, where Emeyabbi would call time.
The Jackets returned to the field in a Wild Cat set with #3 Robert Grady at the helm, Grady hooked up with #7 Devonte Pryor on a 22 yard pass and a touchdown, #68 Johnny Rios would add the point after and make the score 7-7.
The first quarter would end with strong play by both teams and some heavy hitting on the defensive side of the ball.
Fairfield would start the second quarter on their own 47 and took 11 plays to punch a whole in the Jacket defense, scoring on a 12 yard run and going up 14-7 after extra point.
With 7:22 left in the second quarter.
Ferris would take possession on the Eagles 35 yard line and drive to their own 40 before drive would stall and force the Jackets to punt.
Austin Tarno, #19, had an exceptional punt and forced the Fairfield Eagles to start their drive on the Jackets five yard line.
It didn’t take Fairfield long to improve their field position after several strong running plays, but the drive would end when freshmen JaVaughn Thurman, #9, blocked an Eagle field goal attempt giving Ferris Jackets another chance to score before the end of the quarter.
The Jackets drove down the field with a good mix of running and passing plays putting the ball on the one yard line.
Ferris did punch the ball in, only to have it brought back a couple of times due to some costly penalties, then proceeded to fumble on a bad snap.
The quarter ended with the score 14-7 with both teams heading to the locker room to figure out their second half game plan.
Both the Jackets and the Eagles came out of the locker room ready to fight the good fight and give their fans something to cheer about to start the third quarter.
Ferris knew they were still in the game and had finished the first half with the momentum on their side, having success moving the ball against this strong Fairfield team.
Fairfield figured out quickly how to slow the Jackets down, they kept our Ferris Jackets Offense on the side lines most of the third quarter and added another running touchdown, putting them up 21-7 to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter would prove to be the big blow to the Jackets, Fairfield would put up another three rushing touchdown’s and giving the Eagles a 42-7 victory over the Jackets.
Looking back at the second half, penalties and fixable mistakes would really hurt the Jackets and result in this loss.
The Jackets are a young team starting two freshmen and six sophomores this year, so I would say with some hard work and a positive attitude the Jackets will be just fine this year.
The Yellow Jackets will get a chance to do it all again next Friday as they play Grapevine Faith next week in Grapevine, game time is 7:30 p.m.