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Fairfield pulls away in second half, sends Yellow Jackets to 0-2

  • Chester quarterback Nick Meyer looks to throw to older brother Curt during the Yellow Jackets' 56-22 loss to Fairfield on Friday. Nick Meyer finished with 201 yards passing and three touchdowns.

    Chester quarterback Nick Meyer looks to throw to older brother Curt during the Yellow Jackets' 56-22 loss to Fairfield on Friday. Nick Meyer finished with 201 yards passing and three touchdowns.
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  • Chester's Nick Heffernan (30), grabs a chunk of the jersey of Fairfield's Theron Stewart as Stewart stretches for extra yardage against the Yellow Jackets.

    Chester's Nick Heffernan (30), grabs a chunk of the jersey of Fairfield's Theron Stewart as Stewart stretches for extra yardage against the Yellow Jackets.
    Mike Lutz photo

 
 
updated: 9/5/2017 5:49 PM

Quarterback Nick Meyer threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, but Fairfield pulled away in the second half of a 56-22 win over Chester in the Yellow Jackets' home opener on Friday.

Meyer's touchdowns went to three different receivers, including older brother Curt, but Chester couldn't keep up with a Mules attack that outscored the Yellow Jackets 24-0 in the final two quarters of the game.

Fairfield led 16-6 after the first quarter and 32-22 at halftime.

"They're good at what they do," said Chester coach Billy Belton of Fairfield. "They run that super power real well and that counter and I thought they had 20 more offensive plays than we did and they just wore us down."

The Yellow Jackets dropped to 0-2 on the season, with both losses coming to Black Diamond Conference heavyweights Eldorado and the Mules.

"We were up 22-16 at one time," Belton said. "It was 22-22 late in the first half. (Fairfield) had a good gameplan, they would run, run, run and then throw a pass over us."

Similar to Week 1's loss to Eldorado, Chester was contained on the ground, managing 96 yards on 23 carries as a team with an average of 4.2 yards per carry.

"We still have to be more consistent on offense," Belton said. "We have to sustain some more drives and improve on the running game more.

"We need to control the game more and keep the defense off the field."

Chester senior Clayton Richelman led the Yellow Jacket receiving corps with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Curt Meyer also had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown, with Keith Kiner hauling in a Nick Meyer pass for a 54-yard score to account for the Yellow Jackets' third touchdown.

Defensively, Chester was led by Ethen Eggemeyer, who had 13 tackles. Ethan Rayburn and Eathan Thompson added nine tackles each.

Thompson also recorded two sacks.

"Eathan Thompson was flying around making tackles and he had a really good game," Belton said. "I'm proud of how our defense played."

Up next for Chester is a road trip to McLeansboro next Friday, where the Yellow Jackets will face another 0-2 team in Hamilton County. The Foxes were shut out by Johnston City, 14-0, on Friday.

"What I've seen is they're a pistol, veer-option type team," Belton said of Hamilton County. "Kind of like what we do."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.