FAIRFIELD — Sarj Singh’s return to Fairfield High was a happy one, but for the Rodriguez football team, not the Falcons.
Hashim Boyd threw two touchdown passes to Aaron Short and ran for another to lift the Mustangs to a 40-12 nonleague victory over Fairfield at Schaefer Stadium on Friday night.
It was the biggest margin of victory over the Falcons for Rodriguez, which leads the series between the schools 11-10.
“It feels good, it really feels good,” said Singh, a former Fairfield varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach who still teaches at the school. “It was a good game. They fought hard.”
Falcons coach Eric Barber agreed.
“Rodriguez played a good game against us, they did,” Barber said. “Our kids played hard. They played as hard as they can. We’re going to get better.”
Fairfield (0-2) looked great on its first drive, taking the opening kickoff and going 64 yards in 10 plays with Demetrius Spears scoring from 10 yards out. A bad snap on the conversion kept the score 6-0.
Fairfield wouldn’t score again until there were less than 7 minutes left in the game.
In fact, Singh said what pleased him most was the play of his defense.
“Our defense did a great job,” Singh said. “We gave up 12 point. After the first score we pretty much shut them down until the end.”
Rodriguez (2-1) wasted no time in answering back and taking the lead for good as Boyd hit a monstrously wide open Short for a 29-yard touchdown on the third play of the Mustangs opening drive.
The first of Eduardo Nuno’s four conversion kicks put the visitors up 7-6. They’d never trail, but it wasn’t easy, either, as least for the first half.
After the teams traded three fumbles and shared in some otherwise sloppy offensive play, Boyd hit a streaking Short over the middle in the end zone to make it 14-6 with 3:37 to go in the half.
That was the score at halftime with the Mustangs holding a 130-58 edge in total yards at the break.
Fairfield had a chance to tie it early in the third quarter when Mark Tupai intercepted a Boyd pass and returned it 58 yards to the Rodriguez 27 with an unnecessary roughness penalty moving it to the 13.
The Falcons went nowhere, however, turning it over on downs. Rodriguez needed just four snaps to go 92 yards, the biggest play a 59-yard romp by Boyd, with Michael Norris going the final 13 yards around the right side.
Norris added another touchdown in the third quarter, a 2-yard plunge with 54 seconds remaining to make it 27-6.
The Mustangs next scored on a 45-yard punt return by Austen Collins less than 2 minutes into the fourth quarter.
Fairfield finally got on the board again by going 56 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Michael Arredondo.
Rodriguez capped off the scoring with a 10-yard keeper with 40 seconds to go and then took a knee on the conversion attempt.
Boyd finished the night 6 of 14 for 150 yards through the air and ran for 64 more.
“Hashim Boyd did an outstanding job,” Singh said. “He’s a little guy (at 5-foot-9) but he stands in the pocket and finds them.”
Gage Ealy was the workhorse for the Rodriguez ground game, rushing for 96 yards on 19 attempts.
Rami Daibis had two key fumble recoveries for the Mustangs defense.
Rodriguez hosts Sac-Joaquin Section power Monterey Trail of Elk Grove next week, while Fairfield travels to Richmond.
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