Dragons continue habit of thrilling victories

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 6, 2003

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Fairland Dragons seem to be a bunch of thrill seekers.

In the opening game of the season, the Dragons not only won in overtime, but used a clutch defensive stand to stop the two-point conversion in beating Portsmouth West 20-18.

After losing 13-0 last week to Tolsia, Fairland went back to its heart-stopping ways with an 18-13 win over the Winfield Generals in the final seconds.

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Quarterback Michael Hill hit Tyler Bowman with a 1-yard touchdown pass with just 13 seconds remaining to lift the Dragons to the win.

Fairland (2-1) took a 6-0 lead on a 14-yard run by Bowman that capped a 60-yard, six-play drive midway through the second quarter.

For some more excitement, Hill hooked up with Adam Fuller on a 74-yard pass play to the 7-yard line, then threw to C.J. Stewart as time expired to put the Dragons up 12-0 at the half.

Jay Lyons' 14-yard run with 8:15 left in the third quarter and Nathaniel Aylestock's conversion kick cut the Fairland lead to 12-7.

Evan Ashworth recovered a fumble to set up Josh Phelps' 41-yard run with 5:16 remaining that put Winfield ahead 13-12.

That set up Fairland's winning 66-yard, 15-play scoring drive.

Hill finished 13 of 25 passing for 206 yards and an interception. Winfield was just 3 of 12 passing for 35 yards and Sam Huff had an interception for the Dragons.

Bowman led Fairland's running game with 43 yards on 14 carries.



Second Quarter

Fa -- Tyler Bowman 14 run (kick failed) 6:15

Fa -- C.J. Stewart 7 pass from Michael Hill (pass failed)


Third Quarter

Wi -- Jay Lyons 14 run (Nathaniel Aylestock kick)


Fourth Quarter

Wi -- Josh Phelps 41 run (run failed)


Fa -- Tyler Bowman 1 pass from Michael Hill (pass failed)


First downs: Fa15,Win10


Passing yards: Fa206,Win35

Total yards: Fa301,Win220





Individual Leaders

RUSHING -- Fairland: Tyler Bowman 14-43, Michael Hill 5-27, Chance Adkins 8-19, C.J. Stewart 4-7, Adam Fuller 1-minus 1. Winfield: Jarrod Anderson 18-71, Josh Phelps 7-60, Wayne Pritt 7-44, Jay Lyons 5-17, T.L. Asbury 4-minus 7.

PASSING -- Fairland: Michael Hill 13-25-1

206. Winfield: T.L. Asbury 3-10-1

35, Wayne Pritt 0-2-0.

RECEIVING -- Fairland: Tyler Bowman 6-60, Adam Fuller 1-74, C.J. Stewart 3-50, Sam Huff 2-10, Chance Adkins 1-12. Winfield: Greg Coleman 2-26, Evan Ashworth 1-9.