As the rain poured in Faiview, the Yellow Jackets poured on the points.
In the Battle of Highway 1oo Fairview put Hickman through the wringer, putting up 35 first half points en route to a 49-14 victory.
The Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-0 Region 6-3A), winners of three straight, outgained the Bulldogs by more than 200 yards, 355 to 146, while looking dominant in every facet of the game.
Quarterback Hunter Zimmerman led the Fairview offense, accounting for almost as many touchdowns (6) as incompletions (7).
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Zimmerman Leads the Hunt
While the Fairview defense forced the Bulldogs to punt on five of six first half drives, Zimmerman (11-18, 188 yards, 5 TDs and 1 TD rushing) led four first-half scoring drives.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board after a long first quarter drive with a short Zimmerman pass to Hunter Caldwell.
Then in the second quarter Fairview hit the spin cycle. First Zimmerman hit Kameron Harris-Lusk for a 62-yard sprint into the end zone. Harris-Lusk then took a Bulldog punt back 63-yards to the 16-yard line. Zimmerman, using great blocking from his offensive line, took it the rest of the way in on a 16-yard scramble.
Jacob Beathard (8 carries, 45 yards) gave the offense a bit longer of a break by running back the next Hickman punt for a 56-yard touchdown.
With a little bit less than half the second quarter left, Fairview led 28-0. Hickman, spurred by a big run from quarterback Morgan Patton, needed to get a word in edgewise.
“He is the fastest kid we have played all year,” Chris Hughes, Fairview head coach, said.
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After Morgan, No. 14, ripped off a long run that took Hickman into Yellow Jacket territory, Hughes was fired up, and reminded his team contain Patton.
“Look out for number 14! You are better than that! Goll-eee,” Hughes yelled to his defense from the sideline.
Morgan then proved just how fast he was, making another play and running 25-yards in for the Bulldogs first- and ultimately only- offensive points of the night.
“We are inconsistent and need to be more disciplined,” said Hughes.
Fairview got the ball back with just more than minute to play in the half. Zimmerman ran a smooth one-minute drill, hitting Sam Sanborn for back-to-back passes of 37 and 14 yards. Then, with time running out Zimmerman, scrambling to the sideline found Harris-Lusk (2 catches, 81 yards, 2 TDs) in the back corner of the end zone for another touchdown.
At halftime, up 35-7, the win for Fairview was all but hung up to dry.
In the second half Sanborn (5 catches, 85 yards, 2 TDs) caught 14 and 5 yard touchdowns from Zimmerman, and the Bulldogs returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but even through the mist and fog the Yellow Jacket victory was clear.
Next week Fairview visits Cheatham Co Central in a district contest.