By Luke Holthouse
Five touchdowns from the offense and two touchdowns from the defense led the varsity football team to a 51-14 win over Fairfax Friday. The Wolverine defense outscored Fairfax’s offense by returning two turnovers for touchdowns and by forcing a safety while only surrendering two touchdowns.
Head Coach Vic Eumont said the defense was able to stop the heavy run attack from Fairfax, who is the defending champion of CIF in D II, with strong tackling and “being in the right place, executing things and not giving up the big plays.”
Quarterback Chad Kanoff ’13 threw for all five of the touchdowns on offense with passes to Cameron Komisar ’12, Chris Sebastian ’13, Julian Shabahang ’14 and Clinton Hooks ’13 twice.
The Wolverines scored on their first two possessions, taking a 14-0 lead into the second quarter. Two more touchdowns and a safety later, with the score at 30-6 in the final 20 seconds of the first half, Andrew Green ’12 forced a fumble near midfield that was recovered by Alex Cadiff ’13 and ran back for a touchdown.
Fairfax was able to close the gap to 23 points after a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the third quarter, but the Wolverines would score twice more in the fourth quarter, including an interception by Jamias Jones ’12, which was returned for a touchdown. The defense forced a total of four turnovers in the game, with Komisar adding an interception early in the fourth quarter and Wade Clement ’12 recovering a fumble early in the second quarter.
The Wolverines improved to 1-1 and will play next Friday at Leuzinger, who Eumont said has improved a lot since last year’s Wolverine team beat them 42-8.
“They’re all bigger, faster and stronger than us and they’re a physical team so we have to get ready,” he said.