Riordin Stauffer of Fairbanks is stopped by a Philo defender in this file photo. Stauffer rushed for more than 100 yards during FHS’ win at Greeneview on Friday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
The Fairbanks Panthers got back on the winning track and Jonathan Alder won its first game of the 2021 football season on Friday.
The Panthers (2-2) rolled to a 27-7 triumph at Greeneview.
The Pioneers (1-3) clubbed winless Northwestern, 45-14.
The Panthers took a 7-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Riordin Stauffer scored on a one-yard run with 1:50 left in the stanza.
Cade Ziegler booted the extra point.
Fairbanks (which will host Madison Plains on Friday) maintained its one-touchdown margin for much of the ensuing period.
The Rams, however, got on the scoreboard with 1:22 left until the intermission.
Greeneview hit paydirt when Keegan Phillips tossed a 25-yard pass to William Reichley. Sam Leonard knotted the game at 7-7 with the conversion.
Fairbanks, however, struck quickly to take the lead it wouldn’t surrender the rest of the game.
FHS moved the ball quickly and scored with 39 ticks left on the opening-half timer.
Quarterback AJ Landon rifled a 39-yard scoring strike to Brogan Green.
Ziegler’s PAT sent FHS into the turn with a 14-7 margin.
Stauffer tallied his second and third touchdowns of the game during the second half.
He scored on a 15-yard run with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter.
The conversion attempt failed, but the Panthers widened their lead to 20-7.
Stauffer closed out the scoring with 11:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.
This time, he hit the end zone from four yards out.
Ziegler kicked the extra point for the final 27-7 margin of victory.
Stauffer finished with huge game as he picked up 108 yards on 18 carries.
Green was right on his heels as he gave the Panthers two 100-yard rushers for the night.
Green carried the ball 14 times for 102 yards.
-Fairbanks outgained the Rams in total yardage, 361-187.
Of that total, the Panthers gained 297 yards on the ground.
“Our offensive line did a great job tonight,” said Panther coach Patrick Cotter.
He cited linemen, among others, Les Brandel, Zach Schmidt, Joe Kinsley, Bryson Tillman and Holtz Maine for their efforts.
“We used different running backs tonight and everyone did a great job,” said Cotter.
“Our defense was also outstanding.”
Cameron Jewell (2) of Jonathan Alder races toward the end zone. The Pioneers beat Northwestern for their first victory of the season. (Photo submitted)
Cameron Jewell scored two touchdowns of 40 yards each as the Pioneers claimed their easy victory.
Other TDs came from Jackson Bennett (who recovered a blocked punt in the end zone) and Chase Maynard, who returned an interception 45 yards into the end zone.
Tabor Headings scored on a one-yard run
Charlie Aurin booted a 30-yard field goal.
The Pioneers will host North Union on Friday.