St. X scored 21 points off turnovers. Junior quarterback Chase Wolf was 21 of 33 passing for 247 yards and four touchdowns. Two touchdown passes went to senior Andrew Wittrock, who had seven receptions for 103 yards.
“I just think we are clicking at the right time,” junior defensive end Bobby Jefferson said. “We are coming together. Defense is playing solid and so is the offense. Special teams is getting it done.”
St. X plays Colerain (11-0) in a regional semifinal Nov. 11 at a site to be determined. It will be the 34th meeting between the two schools. Colerain won 20-14 in overtime at St. X on Sept. 2.
“I am very excited,” Wolf said. “I think we can beat them. They are the best team in the state by far. I think if we execute the way we did tonight and we take advantage of defensive plays and good field position, I think we should compete very well.”
Fairfield had four fumbles and threw three interceptions. Coach Jason Krause admitted his team didn’t play well and said the Indians couldn’t do that and expect to win.
“Obviously that’s a game changer any night,” Krause said. “When you are playing at this level and this caliber of opponent, you can’t do that.”
Fairfield scored first when senior James Mitchell returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown at the 6:40 mark of the first quarter.
Mitchell also had 79 net yards rushing on 17 carries.
The Bombers struck late in the second quarter when Wolf found Wittrock for a 52-yard touchdown pass connection. Wittrock eluded two tackles after a short reception and took it to the end zone.
St. X senior defensive back Delan Stallworth picked off a pass with 43 seconds left in the second quarter. The Bombers capitalized when Wolf found Wittrock on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the first half.
Stallworth, a Princeton University commit, also had a late pick-six for the final score in the fourth quarter.
In the third quarter, Wolf found sophomore Jared Kreimer for a 15-yard touchdown pass connection. Senior running back Quinn Earley caught a 17-yard touchdown pass with 8:03 left in the fourth.
Friday was the first meeting since the first round of the 2005 playoffs when St. X won 45-0. The teams also played in the 2000 season opener when St. X won 15-9.