Fairview’s Raiders took the Long way to build an early lead, striking twice fourth quarter to pitch a shutout, 24-0, in the American League Super Bowl Pee Wee championship on Saturday morning at Heritage High School.
Fairview’s Jake Long passed 20 yards to Brian Tillery to open a 6-0 lead in first quarter. One period later, Long was at it again, this time connecting on a 60-yard scoring strike to Reed Daniels to stake the Raiders to a 12-0 advantage at the half.
The Cubs found the going tough against the Fairview defense but came up with enough stops of their own to hold the Raiders scoreless in the third quarter. In the fourth, Fairview came back with a pair of scores to put it away.
Chase Nuchols boomed the Fairview lead to three scores when the Raider speedster found the Maryville end zone on a 50-yard run. One-upping the score soon after, Nuchols bolted 52 yards for a touchdown later in the period to put it out of reach, clinching for the Raiders the 2007 American League title. In a daring show of intent, Fairview attempted to kick for the point-after following every score.