Scott Springer on UC commit Malik Vann and prime OL goal Jack Carman of the Fairfield Indians.
The Enquirer/Scott Springer
FAIRFIELD – Malik Vann stood at midfield, casually chatting with the officers and infrequently wanting towards the northeast finish zone, watching his opponents stretch for the second half.
Ultimately, Vann, Fairfield’s defensive finish, grabbed his helmet and retreated to his finish zone, the place he rejoined his teammates. It was a quick second, solely a minute or two, however sufficient to make him look as if he was in full management.
For a lot of the night time, he was, because the Indians beat the Lakota East Thunderhawks forty eight-14 on Friday at Fairfield Alumni Stadium.
“We played great,” Vann said. “We flew around. This was the team we were capable of being the first few weeks. It finally started clicking tonight and I’m happy we got out of here with a win, and a big one.”
In a matchup that offered some of the most recruit-heavy rosters in the area, it was an early blowout that kept both the score line and the momentum anything but close.
Fairfield’s defense, led by Vann, a University of Cincinnati commit, forced two fumbles on East’s first two drives, and five turnovers altogether, in the emphatic Greater Miami Conference win.
Previous statistics suggested the game would be closer. While Fairfield had an overall strong roster, Lakota East running back Jack Dabrozsi entered the game averaging 172 rushing yards per game, as well as 10 of his teams 11 total touchdowns.
Dobrozsi’s first two carries were fumbles, one of which, was recovered by Vann.
And with the Fairfield offense clicking, led by five-star left tackle Jack Carman, the Indians’ offense took advantage. Within the 90 seconds, the Indians had a 14-0 lead. Midway through the first quarter, it was 21-0. By half, 27-0.
“It’s what we needed,” Fairfield head coach Jason Krause said of his team’s fast start. “To get ourselves clicking a little bit, we needed one of those. We’ve talked about it the last…