By Scott Halasz
NEW CARLISLE — Turnovers proved to be the Fairborn Skyhawks’ demise in a 6-0 season-opening loss to Tecumseh on Friday.
In a game delayed more than an hour due to lightning, a bad snap on a fourth-down play in the second quarter led to a one-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and the only points scored at a soggy Spitzer Stadium.
Fairborn unveiled a new-and-improved spread offense and was able to move the ball at times. But fumbles and interceptions helped keep the Skyhawks scoreless. Fairborn moved the ball inside Tecumseh territory several times in the first half and early in the third before the weather delay but the Skyhawks always seemed to follow a positive play with a not-so-positive play.
Coach Roy Thobe said the team needs to not get down after a bad play and to stay focused after a good play. The Skyhawks didn’t at times, but those are things that can be fixed.
“What we did wrong are all correctable by us,” Thobe said. “As long as we do our job and correct them, we should be a seriously competitive team.”
Fairborn already showed it will be competitive with its new offense and stingy defense. The Skyhawks limited Tecumseh to just 90 total yards in the first half and 205 total.
“We did a good job defensively,” Thobe said.
Fairborn had 130 total yards in the first half, mostly in the air, and 181 total. The Skyhawks lost more than 40 yards of its rushing offense on the fumbled punt snap.
“We had some opportunities. We didn’t make it happen,” Thobe said.
Quarterback Brent Grody completed 17 of 39 passes for 178 yards. Brandon Easterling caught six passes for 99 yards while Jarod Olade hauled in three for 28 and Tyler Cutlip two for 21.
Aron Childers was the top rusher, with 14 yards.
Fairborn hosts Stebbins next week.
Scott Halasz covers Xenia and Greene County for the Xenia Daily Gazette. He can be reached at 937-502-4507.