Oct 8 Fair Park writeup
Fair Park works overtime to down North DeSoto By Mike Pizzolato Special to The Times STONEWALL In the overtime period, Antonio Seamsters 10-yard touchdown pass to Gene Baker broke a tie and gave the Fair Park Indians (2-4, 1-0) a 20-14 victory over the North DeSoto Griffins (3-3, 0-1) in the District 1-3A opener at Griffins Stadium on Friday night. Seamster completed three passes on the night all to Baker, who hauled in a 35-yarder to the Griffins 3-yard line with 3 minutes left in the game. Kenneth Young then dove in to knot the score at 14 with 2:46 left Seamster lofted a 2-point conversion to Edward Sowell to tie the game at 14 and send the contest into overtime. North DeSoto had scored on a 5-yard run by Jeremy Thomas at 4:06 left, after the Indians failed to get a punt off deep in their own territory. On the 2-point conversion, David King ran through tacklers, who nearly had him in the backfield, but his legs did not stop churning until the referee's arms went up for the score, which favored the Griffins, 14-6, with just over four minutes to go. Thomas finished the night with 228 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns in a losing effort while the Griffins defense held Fair Park to just 137 total yards and only four first downs. Coach Husher Calhoun shifted his defensive front in the second half in an effort to slop the Griffins' powerful running game in key situations late in the game. "We redesigned our whole defense," he said. "We changed the configuration of what we were doing, and that made the difference." Calhoun said the Indians are a multiple defensive team, and they moved people around, changing fronts from odd to even. He said his team had trouble stopping the Griffins dive play, so they went with three men across the line, covering the center and the two guards, with the linebackers outside. "The coaches did a good job," he added. "We made the adjustments we needed, and it worked." The Fair Park defense, on a key stop by Baker, stiffened and held North DeSoto at the 1-yard line after North DeSoto recovered a fumble at the Indians 10-yard line late in the third quarter with the scored tied at 6. North DeSoto pulled ahead, 14-6, on Thomas' touchdown and Fair Park tied it up at 14 on Kenneth Young's touchdown along with the 2-point conversion. Fair Park's Howard Williams missed a 25-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation. In overtime. Fair Park scored first to pull ahead 20-14, and when North DeSoto failed to score on the next drive, the game was over.