Some years are obviously better than others, but when it comes to clearing the hurdle to make the state football playoffs, Fairview has been a model of consistency since 2009.
The Knights wrapped up their regular season Friday night with a 61-14 senior night blowout victory over Mountain Range at Recht Field, likely securing their eighth-straight trip to the 5A state playoffs.
Of course, it won't be final until Sunday that the 5A bracket is announced, but Fairview came into Friday No. 13 in the 5A RPI, with 16 teams earning spots in the playoffs, which begin next weekend.
"I think we're good (to make the postseason), but we've never used (this qualifying criteria) before," said FHS coach Tom McCartney. "But we don't worry about it because we can't control it. We'll see what the seeding committee says Sunday."
The Knights, ranked No. 9 in Class 5A, tallied a season-high for points on Friday. They scored touchdowns the first six times they had the ball, not being stopped until senior QB Jake Willemsen threw an interception in the end zone in the final minute of the first half. FHS went into halftime with a 41-14 lead.
Though Fairview ran the ball a fair amount by its standards in the first half, Willemsen racked up 204 yards passing by intermission. He finished the night with 219 passing and five TDS, plus 59 yards rushing.
Senior receiver David McWilliams caught seven passes for 111 yards with three touchdowns, plus another score rushing. Fellow senior Tommy Wakefield scored TDs the first three times he caught the ball and finished with 85 yards on six receptions with four TDs. And yet another senior, Quinn Sharp, had five catches for 87 yards.
"It was really exciting to have our whole team ball out on senior night, with the seniors doing our thing -- what we've done for four years," McWilliams said. "I feel like we're playing our best football at the right time. Everyone is doing an amazing job right now."
All told, Fairview threw for seven touchdowns -- between Willemsen and fellow senior Cliffy Smith -- and rushed for two others.
By the time it was all over, suffice it to say the Fairview pom squad that did kicks for each FHS point every time the Knights scored had gotten a major workout on Friday.
With the strong finish to the regular season, Fairview stands at 8-2 overall and 3-2 in Mount Cameron League action.
"I felt really, really good" about Friday's performance, McCartney said. "On senior night, there's a lot of love on our team with our underclassmen and our seniors playing for one another. For me as a coach, that's special."
With the victory, Fairview owns a 38-7 record over the last four seasons combined.
Mountain Range finished the season at 2-8 and 1-4 in league.
Fairview 61, Mountain Range 14
At Recht FieldMountain Range 7 7 0 0 — 14
Fairview 14 27 7 13 — 61
Fairview — Tommy Wakefield 37 pass from Jake Willemsen (Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl kick). Fairview — David McWilliams 2 run (Schuettpelz-Rohl kick). Mountain Range — Tristan Erickson 5 run (Jordyn McCleland kick).
Fairview — Wakefield 11 pass from Willemsen (Schuettpelz-Rohl kick). Fariview — Wakefield 8 pass from Willemsen (Schuettpelz-Rohl kick). Fairview — Mariano Kemp 17 run (run fail). Mountain Range — Bryce Levinson 51 pass from Nicholas Arneson (Alex King kick). Fairview — David McWilliams 9 pass from Willemsen (Schuettpelz-Rohl kick).
Fairview — Wakefield 10 pass from Willemsen (Schuettpelz-Rohl kick).
Fairview — McWilliams 16 pass from Cliffy Smith (run fail). Fairview — McWilliams 28 pass from Smith (Schuettpelz-Rohl kick).
RUSHING — Fairview: Kemp 15-77, Willemsen 3-59, Sharp 2-25, D'Esposito 1-8, McWilliams 2-2.
PASSING — Fairview: Willemsen 14-21-1-219, Smith 6-7-0-96.
RECEIVING — Fairview: McWilliams 7-111, Wakefield 6-85, Sharp 5-87, Twist 2-32.