Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 5, 2012

Sour Apples

Fairview opens district play with 68-20 win over Paintsville

PAINTSVILLE — The city of Paintsville is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky Apple Festival.

It was not a festive setting at Memorial Field here Thursday night.

Matter of fact, the only apples here were sour for the Tigers – and crisp and sweet for the Fairview.

The Eagles scored off two first-quarter fumble recoveries and a kickoff return as they remained unbeaten and cruised to a 68-20 win over Paintsville.

“We did what we had to do to win the game,” said Fairview coach Nate McPeek. The Eagles (7-0) clinched their first district win on the heels of next Friday’s much-anticipated matchup with Raceland.

Fairview didn’t look ahead, but it didn’t take long to get this one out of sight.

In a span of 26 seconds in the first quarter, both teams combined for 20 points, but it was a 32-yard fumble recovery by Isaiah King and a 52-yard TD jaunt by Devon Turner that pushed the Eagles’ lead to 20-6.

They added two more scores in the frame, including a 45-yard fumble recovery by Armonde Yetts to control a commanding 34-6 lead after one quarter.

Paintsville (1-6) lost for the third straight week. First-year head coach Bill Mike Runyon was ejected in the second quarter after questioning a hit on freshman quarterback Kash Daniel, who also left the game before halftime with an injury. Daniel completed 7-of-12 passes for 159 yards and an interception.

The Tigers’ brightest spot was the play of freshman Luke Trimble, who reeled in four catches for 151 yards and rushed six times for 43 yards.

For Fairview, senior running back Elijah King did not play for most of the game. He rolled his ankle.

“We didn’t want to take a chance, and we wanted to save him,” McPeek said. The Eagles rolled up 447 yards of rushing on the night. “I thought Devon [Turner] ran the ball well, considering they {Paintsville] had nine and 10 players in the box.”

Paintsville was held to just 92 yards on 25 carries. McPeek credited his defense, which he described as “the fastest defense I’ve had here in five years.”

That still doesn’t mean there’s plenty of work to do.

“We didn’t tackle well at times and let a few long balls get past us,” McPeek added. “If we do that next week, we’ll be in trouble.”

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