Fairborn falls at home


Skyhawks drop MVL opener 35-21 to Butler

By Steven Wright - [email protected]



Senior Caelan Bush (bottom) comes down with an interception of the Butler quarterback near his own goal line during the second quarter.

Senior Caelan Bush (bottom) comes down with an interception of the Butler quarterback near his own goal line during the second quarter.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Caelan Bush (3) leaps to bring in a pass by junior JT Smith. Bush would go on to score an 80-yard touchdown on the play.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Nathan Speakman (4) hangs on to the Butler ball carrier while senior Eithan Sorrells (8) goes for the strip.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Making the tackle for the Skyhawks on Butler’s opening drive are sophomore Carson Phillips (33) and senior Reshaun Redmond (45). Fairborn lost 35-21.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Sophomore Jay Kidd (left) looks to break outside on this run.


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Getting in a stiff arm on the defense for Fairborn is senior Dominique Johnson (5).


Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

WEEK 2 SCOREBOARD

Xenia 50, Troy 20

Cedarville 54, East Clinton 6

Bellbrook 24, Miamisburg 13

Beavercreek 20, Franklin 13

Greeneview 38, Waynesville 35

Tecumseh 35, Carroll 3

FAIRBORN — Getting the better of play after halftime, it appeared Fairborn could overcome a late two-score deficit.

The hole was too much though as the Skyhawks fell to Butler 35-21 in its home opener on Friday.

After dominating the yardage battle in the third quarter but unable to get points on the scoreboard, the Skyhawks got the lead down to eight midway through the fourth quarter. Just as its offense created a big play on its next drive, Butler snatched everything away from the Slyhawks’ grasp.

Dominique Johnson created what would have been a 25-yard reception to take the ball into the Butler redzone, but a heads up play took it away in an instant.

Butler’s Rayvon Brown got his hands on the ball and was able to strip it out of Johnson’s grip just before momentum took both players out of bounds.

It was a back breaking play with the Skyhawks beginning to carry the momentum.

“What we will see on film is his feet were out of bounds,” first-year head coach Larry Cox said. “Ref said he saw it the other way. So it is what is is and not much we can do about that.”

Butler used several chunk yardage plays on the next drive to finish off a 80-yard touchdown drive with 2:05 remaining to help seal the win.

JT Smith threw for 218 yards on 17 of 33 passing as Fairborn almost went exclusively to a passing attack in the second half. Dominique Johnson carried the ball nine times for 60 yards with a touchdown, and Smith did so 11 times for 54 yards and a score.

Nathan Speakman, Alan Mixon, Jared Lauderman and Kern Jackson all led the defensive effort with seven tackles.

“Our kids gave a great effort tonight,” Cox said. “There’s things that we still have growing pains, but if we keep getting efforts like that, we’re going to stem the tide.”

Fairborn had the early momentum with a three-and-out stop by its defense, followed by a 33-yard touchdown run on 4th and 1 by Dominique Johnson to take a 7-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.

Fairborn got the ball back, but the first of two interceptions by JT Smith in the first half gave the Aviators back some life. A 35-yard toss by Luke Seibert to Austin Florhe tied the score a play later.

Butler gained the lead on a blocked punt later in the first quarter which went out the back of the endzone for a 9-7 lead.

After allowing another score and trailing 16-7, Smith completed his only pass of the first half across the middle of the field to Caelan Bush, who leapt to haul in the ball, and took it to the house for an 80-yard touchdown.

Butler responded right away by marching down field for a 65-yard drive to go back up by nine late in the second quarter.

“We just get some mistakes at the wrong time,” Cox said of his team’s overall play. “I still feel like offensive we did some good things and defensively we did some good things.”

Fairborn was coming off a 35-point loss in its opener at Tecumseh and Cox thought there was more of a fight from his team during its MVL opener.

“We still have to learn to finish a little bit,” he said. “If we don’t turn the ball over, they probably had 14 points off turnovers.

You take those 14 off the board and put them on ours, then it’s a different game. And we’re talking a different tune right now. But that’s stuff we got to learn to do.”

Senior Caelan Bush (bottom) comes down with an interception of the Butler quarterback near his own goal line during the second quarter.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/08/web1_DSC_0123_edited.jpgSenior Caelan Bush (bottom) comes down with an interception of the Butler quarterback near his own goal line during the second quarter. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Caelan Bush (3) leaps to bring in a pass by junior JT Smith. Bush would go on to score an 80-yard touchdown on the play.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/08/web1_DSC_0135_edited.jpgSenior Caelan Bush (3) leaps to bring in a pass by junior JT Smith. Bush would go on to score an 80-yard touchdown on the play. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Senior Nathan Speakman (4) hangs on to the Butler ball carrier while senior Eithan Sorrells (8) goes for the strip.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/08/web1_DSC_0145_Edited.jpgSenior Nathan Speakman (4) hangs on to the Butler ball carrier while senior Eithan Sorrells (8) goes for the strip. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Making the tackle for the Skyhawks on Butler’s opening drive are sophomore Carson Phillips (33) and senior Reshaun Redmond (45). Fairborn lost 35-21.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/08/web1_DSC_0063_edited-2.jpgMaking the tackle for the Skyhawks on Butler’s opening drive are sophomore Carson Phillips (33) and senior Reshaun Redmond (45). Fairborn lost 35-21. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Sophomore Jay Kidd (left) looks to break outside on this run.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/08/web1_DSC_0066_edited.jpgSophomore Jay Kidd (left) looks to break outside on this run. Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News

Getting in a stiff arm on the defense for Fairborn is senior Dominique Johnson (5).
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/08/web1_DSC_0090_edited.jpgGetting in a stiff arm on the defense for Fairborn is senior Dominique Johnson (5). Photos by Steven Wright | Greene County News
Skyhawks drop MVL opener 35-21 to Butler

By Steven Wright

[email protected]

WEEK 2 SCOREBOARD

Xenia 50, Troy 20

Cedarville 54, East Clinton 6

Bellbrook 24, Miamisburg 13

Beavercreek 20, Franklin 13

Greeneview 38, Waynesville 35

Tecumseh 35, Carroll 3

Contact Steven Wright at 937-502-4498 and follow on Twitter @Steven_Wright_.

Contact Steven Wright at 937-502-4498 and follow on Twitter @Steven_Wright_.