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Fairfield High School's Mark Tupai, right, breaks a tackle from American Canyon's Chris Seisay during their Friday night game at Fairfield. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)


Falcons fall to Wolves 59-18

By From page B1 | October 20, 2012

FAIRFIELD — In a game that saw three touchdowns and four kickoffs in the first 5 minutes, the significance of the night wasn’t lost on the Fairfield High football team.

Despite falling 59-18 to visiting American Canyon in Solano County Athletic Conference action on Homecoming Night at Schaefer Stadium, the Falcons (1-6, 0-3 SCAC) made progress in a season that has been measured by simply not giving up.

First off, Fairfield ended its shutout streak at two games.

The Falcons, who hadn’t scored since a Sept. 28 shootout with Armijo, put that streak to bed with a 53-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Michael Arredondo to Mark Tupai with 7 minutes, 13 seconds to play in the first quarter. That made it 14-6 and was the closest the Falcons came all night.

American Canyon opened the game with an 84-yard kickoff return for a 7-0 lead just 36 seconds in.

After Fairfield went three-and-out, the Wolves added an 82-yard TD run on their first play from scrimmage for a 14-0 lead.

In fact, the Falcons had more points than tackles until the sixth play of American Canyon’s second possession. On the seventh play of that drive, the Wolves punched it in from 7 yards out for a 21-6 lead with 3:31 left in the first.

“Rough start, they’re trying and they’re learning and everybody’s doing the best they can,” said Fairfield coach Eric Barber, who was proud of the effort his players put forth, especially in the second half.

“Very inspired. I just told them, ‘We didn’t quit, they didn’t finish us, they didn’t knock us down,’ ” Barber said. “Their starters played the second half, it wasn’t like they replaced them.”

The Wolves added four more touchdowns in the second quarter, capping that run off with an 85-yard punt return by Chris Seisay to make it 49-6 with 47 seconds remaining in the half.

A Fairfield fumble on the first play of the ensuing drive resulted in an American Canyon first down with 10 seconds left before the break.

Instead of taking a knee, the Wolves attempted – and made – a 45-yard field goal to up the advantage to 52-6 at halftime.

Facing a running clock and getting no breaks from the Wolves, who left their starters in the whole second half, the Falcons got into a groove on their first possession of the third quarter.

Fairfield marched 70 yards on 11 plays, capping it with a 1-yard dive by Arredondo for a touchdown to make it 52-12.

American Canyon opened the fourth quarter with a 50-yard TD run by Jermaine Boddie for a 59-12 lead.

The Falcons again answered with a 75-yard drive, capping it with a touchdown on the final play of the game on a 5-yard lob from Arredondo to LaTrell Pittman.

Barber said his passing game was the best it’s been all year, with Arredondo going 10 for 21 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a pair of picks.

“The offensive line had a pretty good day, which helped Michael make some of his best throws of the year,” Barber said. “We were very happy with that and Mark was banged up, trying to play hurt, made some nice catches. We were able to get some nice passes.”

Tupai hauled in five passes for 106 yards and Tyler Ross added three catches for 32 yards.

Eric Clark led the rushing game with 58 yards on 12 carries.

“They couldn’t put us away, (our) guys didn’t quit and didn’t back down or nothing like that,” Barber said.

In junior varsity action, American Canyon defeated Fairfield 26-6. The Falcons’ lone score came on a 30-yard pass from Eric Posey to Damon Gustafson to close the first half.

Coach Adam Butler also singled out Isaiah Connor for an, “Outstanding defensive game.”

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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  • Wolves momOctober 20, 2012 - 12:26 am

    Should recheck your facts. Last 2 scores made by the falcons were against the Wolves Secondary. Starters came off the field by end of 3rd.

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  • Napa SteveOctober 20, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Mike Corpos, You make an untrue statement that American Canyon left their starters in the entire second half. This is simply not true, and I would be more than happy to sit with you and watch the film and show you how the vast majority of starters were pulled early in the second half. We could go play by play and see the numbers entering and leaving the game from the endzone film. This type of reporting is simply irresponsible, and does nothing to foster good will between players, coaches, and fans. I have read many of your articles or game recaps in the past, and expected more from you. The score was 52-6 at the half, and only ended up 59-18. What would the score have been if AC had really left their starters in? I really challenge you Mike to watch film of the game and then be an ethical reporter and write a retraction and apology to Coach MacMillan.

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  • Jose MontuyaOctober 20, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Unlike the Fairfield football teams that leaves their starters in a blow out game, (check out last years games Rodrigues,Vanden wins against American Canyon). Coach Macmillan of the American Canyon team "always" take out his starters when the game is no longer a contest. He has too much respect for the game, the opposing coaches, and all the players. All you have to do is check out the blow out games that American Canyon has won. I would recommend that you check and double check your facts/sources prior to your reporting otherwise your credibility as a reporter will always be in question.

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