NEW ULM - Fairmont created five turnovers, produced six overall touchdowns and added two historical performances to exit Johnson Field on Wednesday night with a 42-0 South Central Conference football victory over the New Ulm Eagles.
Junior quarterback Spencer Chirpich proved nearly perfect passing by completing 8 of 9 for 150 yards and four TDs, split end Josh Eversman garnered four spirals for 93 yards and two scores, while the backfield tandem of Derek Edman and Chris Fausch combined to churn out 131 rushing yards and two more TDs before all four joined the rest of the Cardinal starters along the sideline for the second half.
"Overall, we put together a great performance from top to bottom - offense, defense and special teams," said Fairmont head coach Mat Mahoney. "I think we might have rewritten a little football history in Fairmont, too."
AVOIDING?THE?DEFENSE — Fairmont running back Chris Fausch (31) spins away from New Ulm linebacker Matt Rowley (23) during South Central Conference football action Wednesday night at Johnson Field in New Ulm. Fairmont offensive lineman Nick Roggow (58) and New Ulm defensive lineman Cole Wilfahrt (50) look on. (Photo by Steve Muscatello/New Ulm Journal)
Indeed. The 6-foot-4 Eversman etched his name into the No. 1 spot all-time in receiving TDs in a single season when he garnered his second 6-pointer of the game from Chirpich with 11:16 remaining in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. Eversman already has 13 TDs through the air this fall to eclipse former Cardinal standout Bryce Holm's mark of 12 set in 2011.
Ironically, Eversman then used his sure hands on defense to set up Fairmont's fourth score of the opening half, intercepting a Nate Glaubitz pass at the Cardinals' 43.
Chirpich opened the eight-play scoring drive by handing off to Fausch, who hammered out two of his 64 yards on the ground, before Edman's 16-yard evasive run reached the end zone to cap the march. Kolin Kelly kicked his fourth consecutive PAT kick to extend the visitors' lead to 28-0 with 7:21 left in the second quarter.
Linebackers Jay Ruen and Tim Tow then forced another New Ulm three-and-out sequence before Ruen returned the punt 11 yards to the Fairmont 38.
Chirpich later zipped a 14-yard strike to Ruen on a crossing pattern to reach the Eagles' 35 before Fausch spun, hopped over defenders, broke tackles and sped the distance to the end zone.
The sure-footed Kelly then stepped aside as senior Rachel Edlund etched her name into the Fairmont record books by kicking the ensuing PAT for a 35-0 lead with 3:22 left before halftime. Edlund became the first female player in a Cardinals' jersey to score a point.
Jack Waletich later intercepted a Glaubitz pass at the New Ulm 30 to set up one last scoring drive by Chirpich and the Fairmont starters.
Chirpich lofted a perfect 28-yard spiral to split end Cole Emler, who hauled in the TD toss with 41 seconds remaining before intermission. Edlund then kicked the PAT for a 42-0 lead.
Edman's 17-yard run, Chirpich's 6-yard TD connection to Ruen and Kelly's kick accounted for the Cardinals' initial points with 8:04 showing in the opening frame.
Ruen's fumble recovery at the Fairmont 33 thwarted New Ulm's next possession before Chirpich needed only one snap to fire a 67-yard TD missile to the fleet-footed Eversman. Kelly's kick made it 14-0 with 2:31 left in the first.
Fairmont (6-2) earned second place outright in the SCC with a 4-1 mark against league opponents.
The Cardinals will likely earn a first-round bye on Tuesday before playing host to a Section 3AAA semifinal game on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mahoney Field against an undetermined rival at a time to be determined.
New Ulm (0-8, 0-5) awaits the final outcome of today's Section 2AAAA playoff pairings.
Fmt 14 28 0 0 - 42
NU 0 0 0 0 - 0
F - Jay Ruen 6 pass from Spencer Chirpich (Kolin Kelly kick), 8:04.
F - Josh Eversman 67 pass from Chirpich (Kelly kick), 2:31.
F - Eversman 10 pass from Chirpich (Kelly kick), 11:16.
F - Derek Edman 16 run (Kelly kick), 7:21.
F - Chris Fausch 35 run (Rachel Edlund kick), 3:22.
F - Cole Emler 28 pass from Chirpich (Edlund kick), 0:41.
First downs: FHS 12; New Ulm 8. Rushing: FHS 33-185; NU 30-106. Passing: FHS 11-13-0-190; NU 6-15-2-47. Fumbles-lost: FHS 0-0; NU 6-3. Penalties: FHS 6-45; NU 4-19.
Offense: Rushing: Edman (F) 10-67; Fausch (F) 5-64; Nate Glaubitz (NU) 16-88. Passing: Chirpich (F) 8-9-0-150; Tyler Tennyson (F) 3-4-0-40; Glaubitz (NU) 6-15-2-47. Receiving: Eversman (F) 4-93; Emler (F) 2-37; Ruen (F) 2-20; Kale Fritz (F) 1-28; Tevin Mooter (NU) 2-21, Bryan Dewanz (NU) 1-12, Tyler Dittrich (NU) 1-10.
Defense: Interceptions: Eversman (F) and Jack Waletich (F). Fumble recoveries: Ruen (F); Emler (F), Steven Krumholz (F). Onside kick recovery: Cole Spilde (NU). Blocked punt recovery: Cole Wilfahrt (NU).