The Fairview Warriors were back on the homefield for one final time this season in semi-final matchup against the number one seed out of the Northern C Division, the Fort Benton Longhorns.
Fort Benton won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving the ball to Fairview to start the game. On the first play of the Warriors opening drive, senior running back Cody Asbeck took the handoff 49 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Asbeck converted on the two-point conversion as well, making it 0-8 only 12 seconds into the game.
Fort Benton’s first drive ended with a quick three-and-out and then a failed fake punt attempt after it was bottled up by junior linebacker Brady Buxbaum, giving the ball right back to the Warriors.
On the very next possession, it was déjà vu on the very first play of the drive, Asbeck found the endzone once again on a 41-yard touchdown run making it 0-14 with 9:22 left in the first quarter after failing the two-point conversion attempt.
After the touchdown, Fairview squib kicked in and the Longhorns couldn’t corral the ball and it was recovered by junior, Easton Hopes on the Longhorns side of the field. On the ensuing possession, it started with an 18-yard gain by senior wide receiver, Jesse Selting bringing it close to the goal line. On second and goal, after senior quarterback Alex Shriver fumbled the snap, he would recover it and go in for the quarterback keeper on a four-yard touchdown making 0-20.
Fairview tallied one more score in the first quarter on a 21-yard touchdown run by Asbeck, his third touchdown run of the game, resulting in a 0-28 lead at the end of the first quarter.
With 6:26 remaining in the first half, Shriver would find the end zone for this second rushing touchdown of the game at that point after a four-yard quarterback keeper. It was 0-34.
Shriver totaled his third touchdown of the game on another quarterback keeper, getting in on a 45-yard touchdown run and heading into the locker room at the half with a comfortable lead of 0-42.
At the start of the third quarter, the running clock began. With 7:23 remaining in the third quarter, Selting took the pitch from Shriver and ran it in for a 30-yard touchdown run making it 0-48. That’s the last touchdown Fairview would score on the afternoon.
Fort Benton was finally able to put points on the board in the fourth quarter after junior running back, Hayden Axtman broke free and ran it into the end zone after a 50-yard run. He would follow that up with a successful two-point conversion.
On the final play of the game, sophomore quarterback, Kanyon Taylor took the honors by taking a knee on the final play of the game-sealing their fate for the Championship game. The final score was 8-48 Fairview.
Fairview head coach Levi Seitz couldn’t take his smile off his face.
“No complaints,” he said. “I know the seniors are so fired up knowing that this is their last game on this field.”
Seitz couldn’t have asked for a better game from his team.
“All season long, we have been preaching start fast and we couldn’t have gotten off to a faster start,” he said. “I’m so pumped, these guys are so pumped.”
Fairview has one more game and it just so happens to be the biggest game of the year in the State Class C Championship game next Saturday, Nov.23, where they will face Alberton-Superior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings at 1 p.m.
To Seitz, he sees it as a benefit playing in Billings.
“It’s cool because we have been going to Rocky for camp the last three years and so now it’s kind of cool to start the season there in the summer and now getting to end it there at the end of the year, hopefully with a win,” he said.