Monday, the Arab Junior Varsity had no problems putting together a total team win at Fairview, but the Aggies returned the favor against the Jr. Knights.
• Arab 26, Fairview 0
Hayden O’Reilly had another big game for the 6-0 Arab JV team, scoring three first-half touchdowns, but he had plenty of help, especially in keeping the Aggies out of the end zone.
O’Reilly’s first touchdown came on a 10-yard run with 4:15 to go in the first quarter but the extra point try was blocked. O’Reilly was in again with 4:52 left in the second, this time on a 3-yard run, but the conversion attempt failed.
Arab’s defense got a big boost from Brodie Cash, who picked off a Fairview pass at the Knights’ 10 with just over three minutes to go in the first half. The turnover allowed O’Reilly to score again, this time from 10 yards out. Gavin Currier’s kick gave the knights a 19-0 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, quarterback Aidan Cox completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brody Bradshaw with 6:22 left, and Currier’s extra point gave Arab a 26-0 lead.
The score stood, as the Knights’ Patrick Lawler got a fumble recovery with 5:45 to go in the game.
In wins over Douglas, Brewer, Albertville, Gadsden City, DAR and Fairview, the JV team has outscored its opponents 141-14.
• Fairview 28, Arab 0
The Jr. Knights, in a combined seventh and eighth grade game, were not as fortunate. Arab had their moments, but coach Jason Guger said Fairview played hard-nosed football.
“They were probably the most physical team we’ve played all year,” said Guger. “All 11 guys they had on defense played extremely hard. They’re linebacker corps was as good as we’ve seen.”
While the Knights were taking some big hits, the Aggies were putting up points. Fairview scored on runs of 2 and 30 yards in the second quarter and 58 and 38 yards in the third while making all four extra points.
Guger used the word “physical” to describe the Aggies’ offensive line as well. Even when the Knights did get some momentum, Fairview seemed to step up.
Down 7-0 with less than two minutes to go in the half, Arab moved quickly down the field. One run covered 15 yards and the Knights picked up another 15 yards on a penalty. But, Fairview got an interception, and it didn’t just stop Arab’s chance to put points on the board.
The Aggies scored in only two plays with only 18 seconds remaining in the half.
Still, Guger said his team played well at times.
“Our defense played really good in the first half and created three turnovers that gave our offense some opportunities on a short field,” he said. “We just couldn’t make much of it.
“We moved the ball here and there and connected on some passes, but we had some turnovers of our own that really hurt us and we turned the ball over on fourth down when we ran out of gas.”
The Jr. Knights, both the seventh and eighth grade teams, will close out the season at home, hosting Guntersville on Tuesday.