On Friday night, the Fairbury Jeffs football team faced off against the Lincoln Christian Crusaders in a nail-biting game. In the second half they rallied for a homecoming victory.
Preparing For The Big Game:
Prior to the football game, Fairbury FFA Alumni hosted a tailgate party to help raise money for Fairbury’s FFA chapter. The alumni group noted that they had a big crowd this year, which is beneficial for FFA because it helps them participate in projects and other opportunities for learning:
The Jeffs took to the field as the Golden Pride Marching Band played the school’s fight song:
The First Half:
In the first quarter, senior Tanner Novotny ran the ball into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. The rest of the quarter was a battle over keeping the ball. The score stood 7-0, Jeffs ahead of the Crusaders.
Within the first ten seconds of the second quarter, the Jeffs scored again, gaining a strong lead against the Crusaders 14-0. However, after a series of turnovers, the Crusaders caught up after two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, tying the game 14-14.
The Jeffs buckled down and worked their way down the field for another touchdown just before halftime.
There was quite a show as the Golden Pride Marching Band took to the field to play a familiar tune:
After the show, the homecoming court was introduced to the audience. Also, the winner of the Miss Fairbury Jeff Contest was announced. Jerrod Hughes raised the most money out of the four contestants. In all, they raised over $800 to be donated to Relay For Life to help support families affected by cancer.
The Second Half:
With a huge boost in morale at halftime, the Jeffs took to the field again and solidified their lead against the Crusaders, scoring a touchdown in the third quarter. The defense was strong as they prevented the Crusaders from entering the end zone.
The fourth quarter saw much excitement when Junior Adam Wasserman ran the ball from Crusader territory to score a touchdown for the Jeffs. With only three minutes left in the game, the excitement carried on when Junior Zach Reikofski picked up a fumbled ball and ran it into the end zone, keeping the strong lead against the Crusaders.
The Jeffs were able to hold off the Crusaders, chalking up a homecoming victory: 42-14.
Coming off of a strong win that put their season record at 3-1, the Jeffs took a knee to listen to the coaches as they reviewed some of the action. Coach Derek Garfield advised them to keep their minds focused on next week’s game against Ashland-Greenwood.
The Jeffs rose as the audience took to the field to sing the school’s fight song: