Fairview’s Cody Vitt scored seven touchdowns in the first quarter against St. Labre Friday, but the touchdown the senior will probably remember most is the one he didn’t score.
On Fairview’s first play from scrimmage, Vitt, acting as center, performed a direct snap to a senior lineman Logan Kjos who was flanked out with other Warriors. Kjos went the distance – 55 yards – on the “swinging gate” play.
Coaches said Vitt was the one who designed the play. “I got the idea from my uncle (Ruben Moreno),” Vitt said. “They did something like that in college.”
The Warriors accounted for 58 points in the opening quarter en route to an 86-0 victory. The win clinched first place in the Eastern C for the second straight year for Fairview. If the undefeated Warriors keep winning, they will host at least three playoff games.
“It’s one of our goals,” senior quarterback Brock Schriver said of winning the conference. “That’s what you strive for.”
After the score by Kjos, Fairview’s next touchdown came on a 75-yard run by Vitt with 9:33 left in the opening quarter.
The Warriors got into scoring position again when Jace Taylor partially blocked a punt. On the next play, Vitt raced 34 yards to the end zone for a 24-0 advantage.
After a sack by Kjos and Taylor forced another punt, the Warriors struck again on a 28-yard dash by Vitt.
St. Labre’s next possession was stopped on strong defensive plays by Taylor, Vitt and Kjos. Vitt then scored on a 21-yard gain with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter.
After a fumble recovery by Cole Skorpil, Vitt scored from 23 yards out for a 44-0 advantage.
Fairview’s final two touchdowns of the quarter came on runs of 16 and 24 yards by Vitt.
The Warriors scored on a 33-yard dash by Schriver and a 65-yard run by Scott Andreasen in the second quarter for a 74-0 command.
Fairview’s lone score of the third quarter came on a 27-yard pass from Monte Cayko to Justin Bieber.
The Warriors added a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run by Jonathon Lebsock.
Skorpil, a 175-pound senior, ran for seven two-point conversions in the game.
Vitt finished with 221 yards on seven rushes. He didn’t have a carry after the first quarter.
Fairview Coach Kevin Clausen explained the Warriors used Vitt so much in the first quarter in order for the senior to get used to a bigger workload come playoff time.
Top tacklers for the Warriors were Riley Reynolds, Jered Dahl, Cody Shelmerdine and Jordan Dahle with five each.
Kjos and Austin Wicorek each registered 1.5 sacks. Having a sack each were Kyle Shelmerdine, Dahl and Vitt. Taylor and Kordell Obergfell had half sacks.
Skorpil had two fumble recoveries, and Alex Taylor intercepted a pass.
The Warriors finish their regular season at Froid-Lake Saturday afternoon.