FAIRFIELD — Under the homecoming lights of Schaefer Stadium, the Fairfield High football team dropped its Solano County Athletic Conference opener with a 57-6 loss to Benicia, Friday night.
It was the sixth-biggest margin of defeat for the Falcons (2-4), who suffered three crucial turnovers, all of which led to scores for the Panthers.
“We start to move the ball and move the chains, and then we shoot ourselves in the foot,” Fairfield coach David Fishleigh said.
The first turnover was after a six-play drive that ended with Michael Arrendondo throwing a interception. On the ensuing Benicia series, it took only three plays for the visitors to score on a 37-yard touchdown run by Kevin Fox, who ended the night with 56 yards.
On the next series for Fairfield, Eric Posey fumbled the ball three plays in, which led to a two-play drive for the Panthers, ending with 38-yard pass from Jared Hanson-Regaldo to Lewis John III.
The next possession for the Falcons lasted four plays before a miscommunication between Arredondo and his receiver led to an interception by John Butler, who ran it back 38 yards for a touchdown.
After what felt like an eternity of mishaps, the Falcons finally got on the scoreboard.
Starting at its their 20 with 1:52 left in the half, a string of passes to Eric Clark moved the ball to where the Falcons found themselves at Benicia’s 20, taking a timeout with 3 seconds left. Instead of a field goal try, Fairfield lined up for a last attempt at a touchdown, which worked as Arrendondo found Demetrus Spears in the back right corner of the end-zone, giving Fairfield its first and only score.
“We had a lot of mistakes and some positives,” Fishleigh said, one of those positives was the scoring drive just before the end of the first half.
“We have probably played the best we’ve played in three to four weeks, we’ve just got to cut down on mistakes,” Fishleigh said.
The Falcons look to get back to .500 as they host Bethel, Friday.
Benicia JV 49, Fairfield 0: The Fairfield High JV team suffered several in injuries in defeat.
“This is the second week in a row we had at least four guys go down” Falcons coach Keith Aguilar said. “We are working for next year, trying to get these kids smarter.”
Reach Marcus Lomtong at 425-4646, ext. 266, or firstname.lastname@example.org.