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Late scores help Fairfield beat Central


Central's Vincent Davis Jr. (7) carries the ball during a game against Fairfield High School held at Central High School on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (Photo by Erin Nelson | The Tuscaloosa News)


TUSCALOOSA | Engaged is a close game, Fairfield scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Central Falcons 35-14 on Friday night.

Vincent Davis kept the Falcons in the game with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Tyree in the first half and a 41-yard pass to Tyree in the second.

"One of the things we talked about was finishing the season strong and we came up a little short," Central coach Dennis Conner said. "They fought real hard, a lot harder than they did last week. I was really proud of the toughness they showed."

The game went back and forth until the Tigers scored late twice. As Central was driving in the fourth quarter, Antaurean Riggs intercepted a pass that almost got to Tyree again. With Fairfield leading 21-14, Tez Spencer scored on a 15-yard rush to push the lead to 28-14. Quarterback Javareon Turner found Jacorey Woods for a 39-yard touchdown to wrap up the scoring.

The Falcons fell behind early as Spencer returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Only eight seconds into the first quarter, the Falcons trailed 8-0. But later in the half Central tied it up with the Davis-to-Tyree pass.

Turner connected with Damian Banks for a 19-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-8 lead. Turner added another touchdown pass to Jacoby Pledger to finish the game with three scoring passes.

Davis finished 10-for-19 for 144 yards and the two touchdowns. Christopher Lee had some success running the football for Central.

"Everybody just did their job," Lee said. "That's all I got to say. We just gave it our all and it wasn't enough.".

"We just have got to get better. We've had an up-and-down year all year," Conner said. "We play bad one week and then we play good the next. We play good one week and bad the next week. I have got to go over things after the season. I need to analyze things and see what we can improve on from this year to the next."

Central (3-6, 2-5 in Class 5A, Region 5) will travel to take on American Christian next Friday to close out the regular season. Fairfield (5-4, 3-4) will host Minor.