By Steve Keenan
For The Register-Herald
It wasn’t on the level of Jason Voorhees wielding a machete at Camp Crystal Lake.
But, for the second straight week, the Fayetteville Pirates threw a lot of weapons at their opponents on the high school football field.
On the heels of a 52-6 whipping of Midland Trail in Week 2, Fayetteville raced to a 61-0 whitewash of visiting Richwood Friday at Fletcher Arritt Memorial Stadium.
The Pirates led just 8-0 after one quarter, but exploded for 27 points in the second stanza to clamp down on the Lumberjacks. Quarterback Will Fenton got the second-quarter effort started with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Will Dooley, then Cameron Underwood and Tasheem Saunders followed with scoring runs covering 1 and 12 yards, respectively, pushing the margin to 28-0 late in the opening half.
The Pirates weren’t finished, though, as Jake Alton — who had scored the first TD on a 6-yard scamper in the first quarter — stripped Richwood kick returner Griffin Snyder of the ball at the Lumberjack 35 and found the end zone seconds later for a 35-0 halftime bulge.
“Our defense played well,” said Dooley, who had a fumble recovery and an interception to set up two of his team’s scores. “Defense is the key part of any game.
“We definitely play together as a team,” he added.
“Defensively, we attacked the ball and played real hard,” said Alton, who finished with three TDs on the night. “Offensively, we have four versatile backs.
“We’ve worked hard ever since that first loss (a season-opening setback to Wahama).”
Richwood coach Jason Rogers said his team simply wasn’t ready.
“We didn’t come to play,” Rogers said. “We had a terrible week of practice … and what happens in practice happens in the games.
“Fayetteville is well-coached and they showed it tonight. This is on the (Richwood) coaches. I’ll take all the blame. It’s going to change next week.”
Fayetteville coach Frank Spangler said his team “didn’t execute very well in the first quarter” and was “a little stale,” but he said the Pirates took advantage of some breaks and the offensive backfield rotation was once again productive.
“Defensively, we played excellent,” he added. “We’ve got a few weapons we can use, and Richwood had a couple of guys out sick.
“We’re starting to get better every week.”
The Pirates outgained Richwood 472-119, with five backs gaining at least 50 yards for the hosts. Underwood rushed for 99 yards and a pair of scores, Alton had 76 yards and two TDs, Austin Simmons rushed for 69 yards and Saunders collected 52 yards and a score.
Reserve quarterback Caleb Bailes wound up leading the Pirate ground attack with 104 yards on five carries. He scored on a 2-yard run with 9:23 remaining that expanded the margin to 53-0, then his 73-yard sprint down the home sideline set up the final Fayetteville tally — a 3-yard burst by Tristan Swafford with 2:48 left.
Fenton enjoyed a solid night through the air, going 7-of-8 for 65 yards and the score to Dooley, who caught three balls for 34 stripes
Jared Amick caught two passes for 51 yards from Logan Cox to lead the Richwood offense.
Ben Weber had a fumble recovery for the Lumberjack defensive unit.
R (1-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
F (2-1) 8 27 12 14 — 61
F: Jake Alton 6 run (Dalton Dempsey run), 8-0, 4:41
F: Will Dooley 11 pass from Will Fenton (kick failed), 14-0
F: Cameron Underwood 1 run (Dempsey kick), 21-0, 5:57
F: Tasheem Saunders 12 run (Dempsey kick), 28-0, 1:56
F: Alton 35 fumble return (Dempsey kick), 35-0, 9:48
F: Underwood 36 run (kick failed), 41-0, 7:58
F: Alton 20 run (kick failed), 47-0, 0:33.3
F: Caleb Bailes 2 run (kick failed), 53-0, 9:23
F: Tristan Swafford 3 run (Swafford run), 61-0, 2:48
RUSHING — R: Logan Cox 9-8, Griffin Snyder 5-15, Collin Frame 2-13, Logan Brown 7-22, Caleb Clendenin 6-20, Josh Kitzmiller 1-8, Zachary Cable 5-20, Team 1-(minus-13). F: Saunders 6-52-1, Austin Simmons 12-69, Underwood 7-99-2, Alton 7-76-2, Bailes 5-104-1, Fenton 2-(minus-1), Swafford 2-7-1, Dempsey 1-5, Christopher Dooley 1-(minus-1), Davy Gilliam 3-(minus-3).
PASSING — R: Cox 4-11-2-74-0. F: Fenton 7-8-0-65-1.
RECEIVING — R: Jared Amick 2-51, Snyder 1-(minus-5), Ben Weber 1-26. F: Dooley 3-34-1, Alton 3-7, Saunders 1-24.
TAKEAWAYS — R: Weber (fum. rec.). F: Dooley (fum. rec., int.), Trey Phares (fum. rec.), Alton (fum. rec. - TD, int.), Marcus Lively (fum. rec.).