The DAR Patriots welcomed the Fairview Aggies to Grant last Friday to kick off region football play for the 2019 season. DAR jumped out to a two touchdown lead in the first half, but couldn't make it hold up.
The Aggies used their rushing attack to run over and around the Patriots on their way to a 62-41 win. DAR fell to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in region play. With the win, Fairview improved to 2-1 and 1-0.
DAR took the opening kickoff and marched straight down the field on the opening possession and scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Justin Stubblefield to Ben Sutton. Gareth DuVall's kick made the score 7-0 with 8:08 left in the 1st quarter.
Fairview answered with a 10-yard touchdown run by Tyvn Ellis to tie the game 7-7 with 3:09 left in the quarter.
The Patriots didn't waste any time and scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Stubblefield to T.J. Leonard before the end of the opening quarter to make the score 14-7. The drive covered 68 yards in 6 plays and took just a 1:43.
DAR extended the lead to 21-7 early in the 2nd quarter when Stubblefield scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
With 7:09 remaining in the 1st half, Ellis cut into the DAR lead when he scored on a 7-yard run. The score was 21-13 after Leonard blocked the extra point attempt.
Fairview's Mason Black then gave the Aggies excellent field position with an interception to set up Fairview at the DAR 45. Six plays later, Ellis scored his 3rd TD of the half; this time from 5 yards out. Parker Martin completed the 2-point conversion to J.T. White to tie the game 21-21 with 5:06 left in the half.
The Patriots regained the lead on their next drive with a 30-yard touchdown run by Brady Largen. DuVall made the score 28-21 with the PAT.
When it seemed DAR had gained a little momentum, the Aggies scored on the last play of the half with a 37-yard Hail Mary that was tipped by a Patriot defender and then caught in the back of the end zone by White to tie the game 28-28 at intermission.
The 2nd half belonged to the Aggies as DAR didn't have an answer for the Fairview ground game. Ellis scored on a 2-yard run to open the 3rd quarter scoring to give the Aggies their first lead at 35-28.
DAR tied the game with 20 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter when Stubblefield completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Leonard on a 4th and 9 play. That made the score 35-35 heading to the final 12 minutes.
Fairview capitalized on two DAR turnovers in the 4th quarter and scored 21 unanswered points to take a 56-35 lead. The Aggies scored on touchdown runs of 6 and 5 yards by Tyler Simmons and a 32-yard run by Ellis to break the game open.
The Patriots added a 4-yard touchdown pass from Stubblefield to Leonard before Ellis tacked on a 48-yard TD run to close out the scoring for Fairview.
The Stubblefield to Leonard connection led the Patriots offensively.
Stubblefield completed 18 of 28 passes for 217 yards and 4 touchdowns and also ran for another score. Leonard caught 11 passes for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sutton had 3 receptions for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Darling was the leading rusher with 123 yards on 11 carries. Largen rushed 10 times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
These were the unofficial stats:
Rushes/Yards - 33/204
Passing - 19-29-2
Yards Passing - 215
Total Yards - 419
1st Downs - 17
Fumbles/lost - 1/1
Penalties - 7/55
Punts - 2/39.5 yd avg
Rushes/Yards - 56/492
Passing - 7-15-0
Yards Passing - 70
Total Yards - 562
1st Downs - 21
Fumbles/Lost - 2/0
Penalties - 9/75
Punts - 2/32 yd avg
The Patriots will travel to North Jackson this week for another region game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night.