The Fairmont Firebirds didn’t have enough firepower to win their opening varsity football game against cross-town rival Alter High School on Aug. 26, but fans still enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding the kick-off of a new season under the bright lights.
Months before school starts, both the Fairmont and Alter football teams start practicing. Eventually, two-a-days start and, although the players aren’t going to classes then, it seems that the season has certainly begun. Once the hustle and bustle of school actual begins, players, fans, cheerleaders, Marching Band members, parents and staff are eager to take a moment out of their busy schedules to come to the game.
That traditional, season-starting Friday game is nothing short of a battle – a battle between two Kettering teams – to see who will come out on top.
“This is by far the best atmosphere of any high school football week one game hands down, and we are lucky to be a part of it,” said Fairmont Head Football Coach Andy Aracri, minutes before the Dayton Daily News game of the week kicked off at Roush Stadium. “We are excited to be back to football.”
The first quarter was a gridlock at 0-0, with both defenses stopping either team from scoring. The second quarter opened with a 47-yard pass from Fairmont’s junior quarterback Tom West to sophomore Damon Bahns, but the Firebirds’ 27-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Alter. Alter later capitalized with a touchdown. Fairmont junior Aaron Abbott then returned a kickoff 35 yards from the goal line, but the Firebirds were held back for the remainder of the second quarter.
Fairmont went into the half with a 10-0 deficit. The Firebirds didn’t score in the third quarter, but Alter added two touchdowns (one by a forced fumble and the other a run by Alter quarterback Malik Zaire). With about seven minutes left in the 4th quarter, Fairmont scored a touchdown on a 22-yard pass from West to Abbott, but an attempt at the 2-pt conversion failed. Alter then added insult to injury by getting two more touchdowns, plus the extra points. The final score was 38-6.
The Firebirds return to Roush Stadium on Friday, Sept. 2, to seek their first win of the season. The opponent is Miamisburg.
Check out this interview with some of the Firebirds on Fairmont’s Sports Talk Live