Cunningham helps give dad first win at Fairland

Published 12:01 am Sunday, October 2, 2016

Jim Walker

GALLIPOLIS — The Fairland Dragons and Gallipolis Blue Devils both brought their offensive games on Friday.
However, Fairland brought Keedrick Cunningham along with their offense.
Cunningham ran 13 times for 276 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Dragons gave Melvin Cunningham — Keedrick’s dad — his first win as Fairland’s head coach with a 49-34 Ohio Valley Conference victory.
Fairland (1-5, 1-2) amassed 580 total yards with 458 coming on the ground. Quarterback Joel Lambiotte was 4-of-4 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown while running four times for 52 yards and a score.
Seth Clay added 99 yards on seven attempts for Fairland including a score.
Gallipolis (0-6, 0-3) had 451 yards of offense with quarterback Justin McClelland 16-of-38 passing for 136 yards and three TDs and running 30 times for 149 yards.
Wyatt Sipple had 119 yards on nine tries for Gallipolis including two rushing scores and one receiving touchdown.
Fairland went up 6-0 on a 60-yard run by Lambiotte only two minutes into the game.
Gallipolis came back to tie the game on a 10-yard pass from McClelland to Cory Call. Ty Howell kicked the conversion for a 7-6 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Cunningham raced 79 yards for a touchdown with 3:33 left in the half and it was 12-7.
Chase Fisher ran 4 yards for a touchdown and Lambiotte passed 25 yards to Greg Keeney to put Fairland up 24-7 in the third quarter.
Gallipolis got within 24-13 on an 11-yard pass to Colton Campbell from McClelland with 11 seconds on the clock. But Fairland scored on its next offensive play as Clay ran 57 yards for a touchdown as time expired and Trent Baumgard’s kick made it 31-13.
Each team had three touchdowns in the fourth quarter despite turnovers.
The Dragons fumbled the ball away three times in the fourth quarter and still scored three touchdowns.
Gallipolis wasn’t much better. The Blue Devils had an interception and turned the ball over on downs three times.
Clay had the Dragons’ interception.
Cunningham pushed the lead to 37-13 on a 56-yard gallop and Reilly Sowards’ 24-yard run with 3:10 left made it 43-13.
Sipple then broke loose for a 53-yard scoring run with 1:49 left and Cunningham answered with a 45-yard run 29 seconds later.
The Blue Devils capped the scoring on a 49-yard run by Sipple with 16 seconds left.
Fairland hosts South Point and Gallipolis visits Coal Grove next Friday.
Fairland    6    6    19    18    =    49
Gallipolis    0    7    6    21    =    34
First Quarter
Fa — Joel Lambiotte 60 run (pass failed) 10:01
Second Quarter
Ga — Cory Call 10 pass from Justin McClelland (Ty Howell kick) 8:20
Fa — Keedrick Cunningham 79 run (pass failed) 3:33
Third Quarter
Fa — Chase Fisher 4 run (pass failed) 5:51
Fa — Greg Keeney 25 pass from Joel Lambiotte (run failed) 3:39
Ga — Colton Campbell 11 pass from Justin McClelland (kick failed) 0:11
Fa — Seth Clay 57 run (Trent Baumgard kick) 0:00
Fourth Quarter
Ga — Wyatt Sipple 9 pass from Justin McClelland (John Stout pass from McClelland) 7:32
Fa — Keedrick Cunningham 56 run (kick blocked) 7:20
Fa — Reilly Sowards 24 run (kick failed) 3:10
Ga — Wyatt Sipple 53 run (Ty Howell kick) 1:49
Fa — Keedrick Cunningham 45 run (kick failed) 1:20
Ga — Wyatt Sipple 49 run (kick failed) 0:16
Fa    Ga
First downs    15    24
Rushes-yards    33-458    47-305
Passing yards    122    136
Total yards    580    451
Cmp-Att-Int    5-5-0    16-38-1
Fumbles-lost    4-3    3-0
Penalties-yards    11-99    7-47
Individual Leaders
RUSHING—Fairland: Keedrick Cunningham 13-276, Seth Clay 7-99, Joel Lambiotte 4-52, Reilly Sowards 1-24, Chase Fisher 6-15, team 2-minus 8; Gallia: Justin McClelland 30-149, Wyatt Sipple 9-119, Cade Roberts 3-27, Quinton Yarger 5-10.
PASSING—Fairland: Joel Lambiotte 4-4-0 67, Isaiah Howell 1-1-0 55; Gallia: Justin McClelland 16-38-1 136.
RECEIVING—Fairland: Reilly Sowards 1-55, Isaiah Howell 1-28, Greg Keeney 1-25, Chase Fisher 1-13, Keedrick Cunningham 1-1; Gallia: Cory Call 5-41, Wyatt Sipple 4-38, Garrett Burns 3-23, John Stout 2-29, Colton Campbell 1-11; Quinton Yarger 1-minus 6.

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