This game was 13-3 at halftime in favor of Fairfax but it was the drama in the 4th quarter that made this battle for the Metro Region crown exciting.
The Stampede got scores from RB Esteban Hernandez on a 44 yard run and from LB Alex Hernandez on an INT taken to the house in the first half while Central scored on a short field goal from Alberto Camacho but it was points not scored by Central that hurt the worst. The Bobcats threw 2 INTs in the redzone in the first half and one to open the 2nd half.
Central dominated time of possession in the 3rd quarter, scoring twice after two three-and-outs by Fairfax. The first came on an Andrew Lobato to Dallas Nichols TD pass and then they tied the game up at 13 after a second Camacho field goal.
Central seemed to have all of the momentum and took the lead on a gaint Fairfax mishap. The Stampede returners did not field the ensuing kickoff and Central recovered on the 2 yard line and scored soon after on short Lobato run.
Fairfax CB Deven Proby returned the kickoff 80 yard for a score but still trailed after a failed two-point conversion attempt. Coach Belcher from fairfax was forced to go for two because his kicker went down with an injury. Score 20-19 Central.
The Fairfax defense forced a punt and RB Brandon Jones took over the game, getting first downs on several tough runs before scoring from 21 yards out. Two-point conversion failed. 25-20 Fairfax.
Fairfax junior Tahj Brewer intercepted Lobato on the next drive and it seemed like Fairfax had it all but won but Jones coughed up the ball only to see Central drive the field and score with 47 seconds left to play. Central got a 1st down on 4th and 7 when Hi-C Scott caught a double-pass that moved them to the 34 yard line. Two pass interference calls crept the Bobcats closer and Lobato found Nichols in the corner of the endzone to take a 27-25 lead.
Fairfax got the ball at the 35 after a kick out of bounds and the game looked to be over when Central intercepted the ball but another pass interference call gave Fairfax the ball back plus 15 yards. Fairfax QB Kurtis Walls receiver hit Walter Wallace for a 41 yard gain and on the next play hooked up again for a 9 yard TD to give Fairfax the win and the Metro Region title.
This was a great game that could have been won by either team but the game was plagued with a ton of penalties, 32 is what the rumored number is.
Tough to call this one but will go with Walter Wallace for the two key catches to help with the game at the end for Fairfax.
Fairfax v. Central
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