It was a rough opening night on the road Friday for the Diboll Lumberjacks as they dropped a 70-13 decision to the Fairfield Eagles.
Diboll was looking for a bit of retribution after last season’s 27-17 home loss in the season opener at Lumberjack Stadium last season. But instead Diboll was overwhelmed from the opening kickoff. Fairfield took 31 seconds to get on the scoreboard, then scored 40 points in the first 14 minutes of the game on the way to the overwhelming win.
Diboll had no answer for Larry Rose, who gained 116 yards and scored four touchdowns despite only having nine carries. Fairfield also had a balanced attack as Jacob Gallegos threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing.
Meanwhile Raive Sheppard and Samuel Scott came up with a few big plays through the air, but it was nowhere near enough to match the Eagles’ attack. Sheppard threw for 115 yards and two touchdowns while going 6-of-16 through the air. Samuel Scott caught three of those passes for 90 yards, including both touchdowns.
Fairfield got its offense rolling early as it had a long kickoff return before Gallegos ran in for a 21-yard score, making it 6-0. Rose then began to get to work as he scored on a one-yard plunge to make it 13-0. Later in the quarter, Rose added touchdown runs of 18 and 41 yards to make it 26-0. The Eagles closed out the scoring in the first quarter on an Alex Ward 22-yard interception return that upped the margin to 33-0. Fairfield made it 40-0 early in the second quarter when Rose got his last touchdown of the run, this from six yards out.
Diboll had its biggest highlight of the night to get on the board as a Sheppard pass was deflected before Scott hauled it in and scored on a 47-yard touchdown reception, making it 40-7.
Fairfield made it 47-7 just before the half on a Gallegos 50-yard touchdown pass.
The Eagles scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a 50-point lead at 57-7 before Diboll got its second touchdown pass from Sheppard to Scott, this one from 39 yards out, to make it 57-13. But Fairfield added a pair of late scores.
Diboll (0-1) is now preparing for their home-opener against the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs (1-0).
“Everyone seems to be up and ready to move forward; (Fairfield was just a game in a long season,” Adair said. “Many lessons were learned across the board last week.”
Adair enumerated those lessons:
* Our aggression and toughness has to match our opponent, at the very least, to have a chance to compete at the varsity level.
* Every mistake costs you every time on the varsity level, both on offense and defense, unlike the freshman and JV level.
* Mental toughness is just as important as physical toughness, setbacks are going to occur in the game as well as in life, and the way you handle those is a great determinant to your level of opportunity for success.