Sportspage AHSAA Thursday night special
At West Point Stadium:
Fairview 6 0 7 14 - 27
West Point 14 20 7 14 - 55
WP: Hunter Persall 6 run (kick failed) 6:10 in 1st
FV: Dante Dumas 89 kickoff return (kick failed) 5:58 in 1st
WP: Brayden Martin 3 run (Rylan Jones run) 1:27 in 1st
WP: Jones 27 pass to Kobe Bowers (kick blocked) 9:56 in 2nd
WP: Jones 8 run (Steven Rodriguez kick) 5:39 in 2nd
WP: Persall 27 run (Rodriguez kick) 1:02 in 2nd
WP: Persall 66 run (Rodriguez kick) 9:30 in 3rd
FV: Dayne Black 6 run (Devan Jennings kick) 5:22 in 3rd
WP: Jones 19 pass to Kolton Sapp (Rodriguez kick) 11:51 in 4th
FV: Mason Black 5 run (Jennings kick) 7:51 in 4th
WP: Kelton Washington 58 run (Rodriguez kick) 6:05 in 4th
FV: Parker Martin 5 run (Jennings kick) 0:23 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: West Point went to work of getting the ball into the Fairview end zone thre times in the second quarter, turning a close game into being well controlled.
The Warriors attacked the Aggies for 125 yards rushing in the second period as Hunter Persall finished the solid first half with a 27-yard run to paydirt and a 34-6 halftime advantage for Don Farley's squad.
West Point produced a TD through the air as Jones found Bowers open on a 27-yard score early in the second stanza.
Fairview had a chance to add to its side of the scoreboard after the Aggies got an 89-yard kickoff return by Dumas in the first quarter. But two drives during the second came up empty with Levi Farley intercepting a Black pass in the West Point end zone, then Rodriguez picking off a Black throw with 1:51 to go in the half.
That set up the shortest TD drive for the Warriors, 45 yards, in which they needed just 49 seconds to finish the half with a 34-6 cushion on the 27-yard TD run by Persall.
On the Warriors' first snap of the third after Laney intercepted his second pass of the game, Persall raced around left end for 66 yards, the longest run from scrimmage and the Warriors went up 41-6.
Excitement continued for West Point in scoring during the fourth quarter as Jones hooked up with Sapp for a 19-yard TD. Then with 6:05 to go in the game, freshman Kelton Washington showed a burst of speed, running around the left side for 58 yards and the final TD on opening night.
After missing two extra points early in the game, Rodriguez finished with five consecutive conversions as the Warriors scored the most points in a season opener under coach Farley's command for six years, 55 points and had 373 yards of offense from the second quarter through the end of the game.
West Point had TD drives of 60, 65, 70, 61, 45, 66, 69 and 58 yards to display a balanced attack with Persall scoring three touchdowns, Jones running for one, throwing for two and Martin with Washington, getting a TD on a running play.
Fairview's second half scoring series were 65, 75 and 40 yards. The 40-yard drive came after the Aggies stole the ball from a West Point running back with 3:30 to play in the fourth quarter.
Up next for West Point: Vs. Arab August 31 (WKUL-FM) 7:00 p.m.
Up next for Fairview: Vs. Hanceville August 31 7:00 p.m.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton