The David City Scouts opened the season Friday with a 61-10 defeat at the hands of the Class C1 No.9 Fairbury Jeffs.
Fairbury brought the advantage in size, speed and depth.
Scouts coach Cortney Couch, returning to the sidelines after several years away, said his team would regroup. David City showed promise in some parts of the game, but was not able to overcome its depth issues.
“On offense, I felt at times we were able to make one or two good plays, but then a bad play put us in such a hole that we couldn’t move the chains consistently,” Couch said.
With the ball on the Jeffs’ 20, Fairbury’s Jacob Johnson broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run on the team’s first play from scrimmage, and the Scouts trailed 6-0 with 8:29 in the first quarter. A short punt on David City’s next possession set the Jeffs up in Scout territory.
Johnson broke free again to extend the score to 13-0. Fairbury quarterback Adam Wasserman capped the opening quarter with a 59-yard touchdown strike to Cayman Deboer, and the Jeffs led 20-0 at the end of the first.
With the ball deep in David City territory to start the second quarter, Fairbury used one play from 3 yards out to put the score at 27-0.
A David City turnover on the next possession set the Jeffs up in ideal field possession, and a few plays later Johnson scored from three yards out, to make it 34-0.
David City found some momentum on the next possession when Justin White broke loose across the fifty on a 27-yard run.
As David City looked to put points on the board, an errant pass by Will Danielson was picked off and returned eighty yards the other direction by Chance Amundson. With time winding down, the Fairbury quarterback broke loose on a 62-yard run, and Fairbury led 47-0 at the half.
Johnson went 65 yards on the first play of the second half to make the score 54-0.
David City made a dent in the next possession when Justin White took the ball and rushed for a big gain into Jeff territory.
Later in the drive, White broke loose again and reached the Fairbury 23. On fourth down inside the Fairbury red zone, Douglas Alvarado hit a 26-yard field goal to put the Scouts on the board.
The Scouts stopped the Jeffs’ reserves, and on the next possession, quarterback Will Danielson hit Colin Vandenberg on a screen. Vandenberg rumbled to the 3 yard line. He punched it in for the sole Scout touchdown on the next play.
Fairbury drove for another score in the fourth quarter.
On Friday, the Scouts host Douglas County West. The Jaguars dropped their opener to Auburn 21-7.
Aug. 25 at David City
Fairbury 20 27 7 7 -61
David City 0 0 10 0 - 10
Team Stats F; DC
Total yards: 452; 198
Rushing 26-331; 31-111;
Passing 2-9-0; 8-16-2
Penalties 6-45; 8-55
F: J. Johnson 9-232 5 TD;
DC: J. White 15-75
F: A. Wasserman 2-3-70, TD
DC: W. Danielson 8-16-82
F: C. DeBoer 3-20 TD
DC: H. Behrns 4-32
Tackles: DC: M. Eilers 5; C. Vandenberg 4.