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Young Falcon QB shows resiliency
By GARY KAUFFMANNews Sports Correspondent
Fairfield quarterback Chase Pinion's heart dropped into his stomach as he watched the pass he'd just thrown picked off by Bremen's Cody Barrier and run back for a go-ahead touchdown.
Instead of a 21-21 game where a field goal could win it, the Falcons now faced having to go 80 yards in 1:16 needing a touchdown and the extra point to avoid another sectional loss.
They did just that and captured the program’s first sectional title with a 28-27 win over the Lions.
“It was pretty insane,” Pinion said. “You want to hang your head but you’ve got to go back out.
“I was thinking, 'Get it done. Rely on your teammates’.”Pinion received plenty of support from his teammates.
“I knew Chase was going to make the throws,” senior center Nathan Stichter said. “We just needed everyone to believe.”Senior Micah Noble said the team had been confident about its chances on the drive that ended in the interception.“I told the guys in the huddle we have to believe,” he said. “We had to stay positive because there are a lot of ups and downs in football.”
With 80 yards to go and just over a minute on the clock, everyone knew Pinion would have to throw. His offensive line was determined to give him the time he needed.“Block everyone,” said senior guard Dylan Haberstich about the line's mindset. “Don't let anyone get close to Chase.”
Pinion was appreciative.“The offensive line was awesome all night,” he said.Pinion then went to work, throwing passes that not only netted first downs but also allowed the receivers to get out of bounds to stop the clock. In their best sustained drive of the night, the Falcons pushed down to the 13 with 15 seconds remaining.Junior receiver Tanner Foust then ran into the corner of the end zone and Pinion's pass was on the money. But the Bremen defender disrupted the play just enough that Foust couldn't hang on.
Pinion wasn't worried.“He's a big playmaker,” he said. “I knew he was going to get one so I just kept throwing it to him.”The next play was the exact same route. This time Foust got a step of separation from the defender, the throw was perfect and this time he caught it easily.
The drive was especially satisfying for Pinion after a sometimes rough season. He had started the year as the understudy of senior Justin Scott. But when Scott tore an ACL in the fifth game of the season, it thrust Pinion in the spotlight.“I worked as hard as I could,” he said about filling in for Scott. “I listened to what Coach Miller says, and God helps out.”
Pinion filled in admirably, but there were struggles at times - like the two interceptions he threw against Bremen. But when the spotlight shone brightest and hottest in the final minute of the game, he proved he was up to the challenge.On the final drive, he fired the ball quickly and confidently, completing six of the 12 passes he threw. All six completions gained first downs.
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