Fairfax celebrates a Division II championship after a dominating win over Chatsworth.
Matt Bowen, the City’s leading rusher, was too much for Chatsworth’s defense, as he rushed for 213 yards. Photos by Jason Lewis Fairfax running backs Matt Bowen and Terrance Hall combined for 370 rushing yards in Fairfax’s 51-7 win over Chatsworth.By Jason LewisSports Editor
Chatsworth opened the City Section’s Division II championship game by marching right down the field with ease on Fairfax, scoring the first touchdown of the game. Fairfax found themselves down right out of the gate, and Chatsworth players were feeling sky high. Well all the excitement on the Chatsworth side was quickly wiped away, as Fairfax scored 51 unanswered points behind the running of Matt Bowens and Terrance Hall.
Bowens, the City’s leading rusher, ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and Hall ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Fairfax rushed for 430 yards and their defense held Chatsworth to only 143 total yards.
Turnovers were also a factor, as Chatsworth committed four turnovers and Fairfax did not commit any. Fairfax had a simple game plan on offense. Just run the ball… all the time. They only attempted two passes all night, with one being a spiked ball to stop the clock at the end of the first half. Fairfax had been running a spread offense during the season, but head coach Shane Cox decided to go with more of rushing offense after a late season loss at Palisades. Cox felt that they were too careless with the ball, and seeing that he had running backs like Bowen and Hall, it was easy to see who he should feature in the offense. As excited as Bowen was to be such a driving force for a City title, he credited Fairfax’s offensive line for being the key to their offense. The offensive line dominated Chatsworth the old fashion way. With grit and toughness as they drove Chatsworth off the line of scrimmage. Bowen and Hall did have a few long runs, but the bulk of their yards were on shorter runs. The offensive line grinded it out so Bowen and Hall could get a good five to seven yards on most carries. Defensively, after the opening drive Chatsworth rarely crossed the 50 yard line, and most of their drives ending in a three and out. Fairfax enforced their will on Chatsworth on both sides of the ball in a dominating fashion.
This is the second championship under Cox. Fairfax also won the Division II title in 2004.