Pirates rally from halftime deficit to homecoming win over Warriors

Fairhope 14, Davidson 3


FAIRHOPE, Ala. - Visiting Davidson scored late in the first half to go up 3-0 over Fairhope at Majors Field in Class 7A, Region 1 play. But the Pirates’ defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way while the FHS offense took the lead on a pair of scores by Cyline Koen in the third-quarter for a 14-3 homecoming victory.

Koen scored from 1 yard out to give the Pirates a 7-3 lead in the third quarter and added a 7-yard score to make it 14-3. Koen finished with 122 yards on 26 carries. The Pirates had two interceptions also recovered three DHS fumbles.

“I’m really proud of the team,” said Fairhope head coach Tim Carter. “He (Koen) ran the ball hard. We got out in front for him and blocked well for him tonight and when he out ran that, he kept going and picked up some big yards after contact for us.”

He said the Pirates’ defense was the key to the win.

“Our defense set the tone. That was the key for us. We had not put up any points at the half, but the defense kept us in it and that was what got it done for us tonight.”

Davidson scored on a 34-yard field goal by Jonah DeLange in the second period to lead at halftime, 3-0.

At the half, Mary Kathleen Hughes was crowned Fairhope High’s 2019 homecoming queen. Before the game, retiring City of Fairhope Parks and Recreation Department Director Tom Khun was honored before the home crowd.

Fairhope (2-3, 2-2) travels next to Daphne for their annual “War on the Shore”, non-region rivalry game at Jubilee Stadium. The Pirates have won the last two meetings over the Trojans. Davidson (1-4, 1-3) hosts Mary G. Montgomery on Oct. 4.