Fairmont’s second drive didn’t last long, and Springfield got the ball near midfield after a punt. Smoot then threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Brown as the Wildcats extended their lead to 17-0 with 1:04 left in the half.
Brown caught five passes for 81 yards in his first appearance since suffering a shoulder injury in the season-opening 24-20 victory against Saint Ignatius.
“Being out for four weeks and finally getting the feel of a touchdown, it was crazy,” Brown said.
Smoot completed 15 of 20 passes for 196 yards. Christian McMillian caught five passes for 55 yards.
The story of the game, however, was the play of Springfield’s defense. The Wildcats recorded their second straight shutout. They have not allowed a point in the last 10 quarters, holding Wayne scoreless in the second half in a 21-14 victory on Sept. 10 and then beating Beavercreek 42-0.
Springfield gained 266 yards and held Fairmont to 58 yards and 1.7 yards per carry. Fairmont’s Drew Baker, the GWOC’s leading rusher with 155.8 yards per game, was held to 29 yards on 14 carries.
Douglass credited the discipline of his defenders, who didn’t give up a run of longer than 13 yards against Fairmont’s triple option. Fairmont rushed for 244 yards against Springfield a year ago in a game the Wildcats won 27-21.
“We want to be the best defense,” Douglass said, “and I think tonight we did a good job of executing the game plan. We put them in some tough positions as far as third down. They don’t like to throw the ball a lot. Our scout team this week gave us a great simulation of this offense because it’s very hard to do in practice.”
Springfield will play at Springboro (3-2, 2-1), which lost 45-26 at Centerville (5-1, 3-0) on Friday. in Week 7.
Fairmont (4-2, 1-2) lost its second straight game after a 4-0 start. The Firebirds play at Miamisburg (4-2, -2) in Week 7.
“We’ve just got to improve,” Miller said. “That’s what we talked about. We’ve done some good things in the five weeks before this, and we did some good things tonight. We’ve just got to put it all together. (Springfield’s) one of the best teams in the state of Ohio. They’ve been a state semifinalist for the last two years, and you can see why.”