On a night where the team was honoring 6 year old Allison Hill, the Foxes dedicated the game to her in a pre-game ceremony where she was given her own customized number 22 jersey. The Foxes then used that motivation to put up a strong fight of their own on the way to a 32-14 victory. This marked the first time the Foxes 6-1 (4-1) have beaten the Patriots 2-3 (2-3) since the two teams began playing each other in 2010, the Foxes inaugural year. On a night where more Foxes records would be broken, the defense would come up big in the second half to secure the victory.
The game would start in typical Foxes fashion, forcing a 3 and out, giving the high powered offense the ball early. After a 40 yard run by Courtney Molten, QB Drew Fendrich would hook up with Rick Packingham for a 27 yard touchdown pass, giving the Foxes a quick 6-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, the Patriots would connect on a long pass play, and would take their only lead of the night, going up 7-6 after PAT. As the second quarter begun, so did the Foxes offense, getting on the scoreboard twice, first with a 47 yard touchdown run by Molten. The Patriots would drive the ball inside the Foxes 20, only to miss the field goal and the chance to pull within 2 points. After the turnover on downs, the Foxes would mix it up and drive to the Patriots 5 yards line, where Fendrich would find RB Martez Turner for a touchdown pass and take a commanding 18-7 lead into the locker room.
The Foxes would have the ball coming out and would put on the aerial display once again with Fendrich hitting TE Jamel Ward for a 26 yard touchdown. The Partriots would not back down, completing another long pass for their second touchdown, pulling the score to 26-14. The defenses would take control from that point forward with very few points to be added after the first two drives of the half. The Patriots would stop the Foxes on the following drive, only to have the Foxes defense, number one in the entire MSFL, forced a fumble and killed any momentum they had at that point. "The defense stepped up big again tonight, allowing our offense to really get their wheels in motion, showing just how dangerous we can be." says Jason Kirkendoll, an assistant with the Foxes.
The fourth quarter would showcase the Foxes defense, as they would force two more turnovers to keep the Patriots out of the end zone. The Foxes offense wasn't quite done either, Fendrich would hook up with his favorite target this season, WR Chris Hampton, for a 41 yard touchdown completion to complete the scoring and give the Foxes a 32-14 victory.
Fendrich would end the night 11 -17 with 303 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. Fendrich, who needed only 224 yards to break the single season Foxes record, became the teams all time yardage leader for a single season, with at least 3 more games left on the schedule. Molten would carry the ball only 9 times, but would finish with 127 yards and a touchdown, followed by Akeem Topps, who had one carry for 71 yards. Chris Hampton would lead the receiving corp once again, finishing the night with 3 catches for a touchdown and 143 yards. On the defensive side, Jae Russell and 3 others would lead the way with 6 tackles each. Aaron Wells would recover the 3rd quarter fumble for the Foxes, while Garland Walton would record an interception. Chris Lipscomb had the lone sack for the Foxes defense this week.
The Foxes will travel to take on the Mustangs from Indianapolis, Indiana this Saturday. Both teams come into the game with identical 4-1 league records, with more than just bragging rights on the line. Coach Kirkendoll added " This may not be a Divisional game, but it will count a lot when the playoff seeds are determined. Any team we can gain the tie breaker over is one step closer to that first round bye.." "As long as we keep putting up the numbers we do on offense, and playing hard nosed, hard hitting defense, we will continue to prove to the MSFL we are a contender."
The Foxes have been an underdog every week this season and things are the same heading to Indiana, where they are picked by league members to lose to the Mustangs.
The Foxes return home on August 25th to take on the Chicago Thunder, with the Division Championship on the line. All home games are broadcast on Taylorville's Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Foxes schedule and information are available on the team website, http://www.springfieldfoxes.com/.
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Patriots 7 0 7 0 14
Foxes 6 12 8 6 32