Comets gain 15-0 win over Fairfield on senior night
Rahul Parikh | Staff Writer
Seniors on the football and cross country teams, marching band and color guard were recognized at Friday’s game.
The Mason Comets took down the Fairfield Indians 15-0 in a statement win Friday night, improving to 7-2 on the season and 5-2 in GMC (Greater Miami Conference) play.
It was senior night in Comet country; energy and emotion ran high throughout the team. The story of the night for the Comets was the shutout on defense, led by senior defensive lineman Zaid Hamdan, who said he had high hopes for their performance.
“We came out knowing this could be our (the seniors’) last game on this field if we don’t win,” Said Hamdan. “I took the guys aside and told them, ‘it would be a shame to see this as our last game on this field, so if you want to fight for something, fight for the seniors tonight’”.
The Comets’ defense had two fourth down spots in the red zone in the first quarter, and forced two fumbles in the contest. Head coach Brian Castner said that the shutdown defense was the key to the win.
“Great defenses win championships, and that’s exactly what we have right now,” said Castner. “Mason held Fairfield to only 75 passing yards, and did not allow a run past 15 yards.”
Another big key for the Comets was the running game, which was led by senior Matt Sora, who rushed for 98 yards and scored a touchdown. Sora also said he was inspired by the idea that this could be one of his last home games at Dwire Field.
“These guys are my brothers and I’ve grown up with them my entire life,” Sora says. “Being able to play with them one last time at Dwire Field is a feeling i’ll never be able to get again.”
Whether it was the offense, defense or special teams; the Comets were clicking on all cylinders tonight, especially in the second half. The first half was a hard fought defensive battle, with both teams making great plays to keep the game close. The Comets pulled away in the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run by Sora, and never looked back.
The Comets can secure a home game in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) playoffs with a win at Lakota East next Friday on the road, which should prove to be a tough game. Coach Brian Castner said the Thunderhawks should not be overlooked.
“They are a great team with a bunch of great players, and we’ve got to go out there and play a high level of football in order to get a win.”
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All photos by Staff Photographer Tanner Pearson.