PIKEVILLE — For the first time in its 42-year history, Fairview has a football region crown.
Fairview used 625 yards rushing to defeat Pikeville, 36-14, to win the Class A, Region 4 championship on Friday night at Pikeville.
After coming up short the past two seasons at this same juncture, the Eagles finally found that elusive title.
“It’s amazing,” said Fairview senior Devon Turner. “Leadership goes a long way and you just have to believe in each other. And I’m just blessed and thankful to experience this in my last year.”
On their opening drive, it seemed the Eagles were putting themselves in a difficult situation again — they committed five penalties for total of 50 yards.
Fairview was not deterred though, finishing that drive with a 10-yard Turner touchdown to give itself a 6-0 lead.
Fairview coach Nathan McPeek credits the opening-drive touchdown to his team having regional final experience.
“When you get in the playoffs you’re going to face some adversity,” McPeek said. “Some of (the penalties) were probably unwarranted, but you have to keep playing. And I think our kids showed we’ve been in the game before and we overcame them.”
After a Pikeville three-and-out, Fairview added another score after senior fullback Chris Brewer found the end zone on a 1-yard run.
After getting the ball following another Pikeville three-and-out, Turner broke free for a 56-yard run that looked to be headed for the end zone. However, a Pikeville defender caught up to Turner and forced a fumble on the 1-yard line.
Fairview answered right back, when Mason Rutherford stepped in front of a Pikeville receiver and made a diving interception.
“Somebody better call about him playing college football,” McPeek said of Rutherford. “Mason can make plays for some schools and it’s about time some of these people look at him.”