Fauquier High School running back Eric Bailey probably had the best description of his football team's 35-0 loss at Gar-Field of Dale City on Thursday night.
"They say when it rains, it pours," he said, explaining his team's troubles, which included a 14-0 deficit by the time a downpour started at the end of the first half. The second half started 10 minutes late because of lightning, and the field was muddy for most of the game.
Throughout the game, the Indians' offensive line dominated, with Gar-Field scoring on all but one of its five drives.
The Indians scored twice through the air and twice on the ground. Gar-Field's final touchdown, in the fourth quarter, came when senior Steward White ran a punt return back from 75 yards.
"Every area you can beat somebody they beat us," Falcons Coach Tom Ferrell said. "They controlled the line of scrimmage. We could not get anything going."
Fauquier junior quarterback Michael Stuart completed only two passes--two for 22 yards--and threw two interceptions that were run back for a combined 49 yards.
The Falcon rushing game was only slightly better. Bailey had 74 yards on 16 carries, but fellow starter junior George Minor could only get 29 yards on 14 carries. Senior Kevin Boston added 51 yards on four carries.
The rest of the team combined for only 120 yards of total offense, and much of that was in a late-game drive against Gar-Field's second string.
"I think it's a tribute to Eric that he got that yardage, because he did it all on his own," Ferrell said.
The loss spoiled a 2-0 start for Fauquier. Bailey attributed the defeat to the Falcons not doing the things they had done during their wins over Lafayette and Liberty.
"We had it going a couple times tonight, but we weren't too consistent with it," he said. "That's what brought us down. We did that the first two weeks, but tonight . . . no."
Fauquier (2-1) 0 0 0 0--0
Gar-Field (2-0) 7 7 14 7--35
G--L. Atkinson 6 run (Gvozdas kick)
G--L. Atkinson 6 pass from R. Smith (Gvozdas kick)
G--J. Atkinson 3 run (Gvozdas kick)
G--J. Smith 17 pass from R. Smith (Gvozdas kick)
G--White 75 punt return (Gvozdas kick)
RUSHING--Fauquier: Bailey 16-74; Gar-Field: L. Atkinson 8-85, J. Atkinson 12-35.
PASSING--Fauquier: Stuart 3-8-2 22; Gar-Field: R. Smith 6-8-0 116.
RECEIVING--Gar-Field: King 3-85, J. Smith 2-25.
CAPTION: With Ryan Thome (64) holding block, Fauquier's George Minor hits the hole.