By Tom Ramstetter, Enquirer contributor
Fairfield built an early three-score lead and held on for a 31-21 win over Greater Miami Conference rival Mason on a cold Friday night at Mason High School.
The Indians improved to 8-1 (5-1 GMC) to build on their best start to a season since 1986, according to Fairfield coach Jason Krause. Fairfield won its only Division I state football title that season.
“It’s fun,” sophomore receiver TC Wells said. “We’ve got a great group of seniors and we’re playing great.”
Fairfield, ranked No. 5 in the latest Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, built a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter and led 24-7 at halftime.
Unranked Mason fell to 3-6 (2-4).
Wells got the Indians on the board on their first possession of the game with a 52-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Ryan Nuss. Wells caught the ball over a Mason defender, separated with a stiff arm and sprinted down the right sideline.
“It came to me and it was time to make a play,” Wells said.
It was the first of two touchdowns for the speedy sophomore. Wells entered the game with one touchdown catch this season.
Nuss – also the Fairfield kicker – then converted a Mason fumble into points with a 22-yard field goal late in the first quarter and sophomore quarterback Hunter Krause made it 17-0 with a nine–yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Herman Brunis early in the second quarter.
Mason had the ball at its 45 with 4:21 to play and a 10-poin deficit, but the Comets went four-and-out. A holding call on what would have been a first down doomed the comeback attempt.
Play of the Game: Wells’s second touchdown of the game was a 54-yard reception that answered the Edwards score and ultimately crushed Mason’s chances for a comeback.