Dragons offense explodes in win
Things starting clicking offensively for the Fairland Dragons.
Boy, did they start clicking.
The Dragons amassed 645 total yards en route to a 69-34 win over the River Valley Raiders Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Matt Bloomfield ran 11 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Cole Hatfield threw for 172 yards and three scores.
“We played pretty well. Other than our secondary play, I couldn’t ask for better play. We were hitting people. Our line protected well and created some big holes. We had seven different people score,” said Snyder.
The Fairland secondary was roughed up by Raiders’ quarterback Clayton Curnutte who completed 15-of-35 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
Bloomfield staked Fairland (2-4, 2-0) to a 14-0 lead as he bolted 55 and 54 yards for first quarter touchdowns.
Nate Burcham was 9-for-9 on conversion kicks.
The lead went to 21-0 on a 51-yard bomb from Hatfield to Aaron Ward.
River Valley (2-5, 0-2) showed it could get the long score when Curnutte teamed up with Cody Johnson on an 83-yard touchdown pass.
But the Dragons answered as Bloomfield scored on a 2-yard run and it was 28-6 at the end of the quarter.
Chad Fisher ran 25yards for a touchdown and Blayne Cornwell galloped 21 yards for a score and Fairland led 42-6.
Curnutte and Johnson hooked up on a 9-yard scoringn pass just before the half and it was 42-12.
“They’re believing in themselves now. We just have to keep that going. The second half of the Tolsia game made us a football team. We stayed after people and we were short-handed. We knew we could compete,” said Snyder.
Hatfield threw a 35-yard TD pass to Fisher and ran one-yard for another score in the third quarter.
The Raiders kept pace as Curnutte had touchdown passes covering 53 yards to Jacob Brown and 67 yards to Jordan Deel.
Fairland put the game out of reach on a 65-yard scoring pass to Kyle Lawhorn and a 6-yard touchdown run by Eric Riley with just under six minutes to play.
Fairland 28 14 14 13 = 69
River Valley 6 6 14 8 = 34
Fa – Matt Bloomfield 55 run (Nate Burcham kick) 11:03
Fa – Matt Bloomfield 54 run (Nate Burcham kick) 5:22
Fa – Aaron Ward 51 pass from Cole Hatfield (Nate Burcham kick) 2:48
SV – Cody Johnson 83 pass from Clayton Curnutte (kick failed) 1:10
Fa – Matt Bloomfield 2 run (Nate Burcham kick) 0:14
Fa – Chad Fisher 25 run (Nate Burcham kick)_ 11:50
Fa – Blayne Cornwell 21 run (Nate Burcham kick) 2:07
RV – Cody Johnson 9 pass from Clayton Curnutte (pass failed) 1:21
Fa – Chad Fisher 35 pass from Cole Hatfield (Nate Burcham kick) 3:34
RV – Jacob Brown 53 pass from Clayton Curnutte (Jordan Deel pass from Curnutte) 2:55
Fa – Cole Hatfield 1 run (Nate Burcham kick) 0:55
RV – Jordan Deel 67 pass from Clayton Curnutte (pass failed) 0:08
Fa – Kyle Lawhorn 65 pass from Cole Hatfield (Nate Burcham kick) 11:51
Fa – Eric Riley 6 run (downed the ball) 5:59
RV – Kyle Sands 45 pass from Jacob Brown (Brown run) 4:01
First downs 14 10
Rushes-yards 473 42
Passing yards 172 410
Total yards 645 452
Cmp-Att-Int 5-9-1 16-36-1
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 5-50 3-15
Punts-average 1-47.0 3-35.0
RUSHING–Fairland: Matt Bloomfield 11-199, Blayne Cornwell 9-57, Cole Hatfield 7-26, Chad Fisher 3-39, Tyler Duty 2-32, Eric Riley 4-19, Tanner Sowards 4-75, Alex Thackston 1-2, Michael Pennington 3-8, Alec Warner 3-16. River Valley: Baird 5-12, Clayton Curnutte 9-16, Smith 4-1, Watson 1-minues 1, Heffner 2-14.
PASSING–Fairland: Cole Hatfield 5-9-1 172. River Valley: Clayton Curnutte 15-35-1 365, Jacob Brown 1-1-0 45.
RECEIVING–Fairland: Aaron Ward 2-59, Kyle Lawhorn 1-65,Chad Fisher 1-35, Blayne Cornwell 1-13. River Valley: Barrett 1-2, Brown 1-53, Jordan Deel 3-99, Cody Johnson 6-180, Zach Deel 2-22, McAvena 2-9, Sands 1-45