Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

All Eyes on Fletcher's Fason Senators Meet Columbia in Pivotal Game

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

All Eyes on Fletcher's Fason Senators Meet Columbia in Pivotal Game

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To say his statistics are staggering would be an understatement. To call him the most explosive offensive threat in area high school football wouldn't do him justice.

This kind of talent is seen as you sit on your couch on Saturday watching college football.

Fletcher running back Ciatrick Fason understands this, and for him to continue his storybook season tonight, he will have to perform well against a defense that gives up an average of only 209.0 yards of offense per game.

The Senators travel to Lake City Columbia in a pivotal District 2-5A matchup, and all eyes will be on the 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore.

"I know they want to be the team that wins it all so I know I have to play harder than I usually do," Fason said. "These types of games motivate me. The whole school has been talking about this game all week."

In five games, Fason has rushed for 1,037 yards and 21 touchdowns. That's an average of 207.4 yards and 4.2 touchdowns per game. He has amassed 124 points for Fletcher (4-1, 1-0), which is 50 more points than the nearest area competitor. Fason himself has rushed for more yards than 15 of the top 28 top offensive teams in the area.

"Obviously you have to key on the running game," Fletcher coach Joe Reynolds said about defending against his team. "On offense, we practice all aspects of football when we practice. When you have a guy who runs for 50-yard touchdowns, sometimes you don't have to use other formations."

It will be the job of Columbia (4-1, 2-0) free safety Jerome Carter and linebacker Kevin Anderson to try and stop Fason. The duo have combined for over 100 tackles thus far and play key roles in one the stingiest defenses in the area. But Columbia (ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 5A) recently lost standout safety Tre Orr to a torn ACL injury. Orr will have surgery on Oct. 18, Columbia coach Danny Green said.

"You obviously have to key on the running game and we've studied film on them all week," Green said. "Our defense had a shutout last week, but that wasn't our best defensive effort. …

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