Van-Far/Community R-VI football player Anthony Fairchild was joined by coaches and family last Friday morning when he officially signed a National Letter of Intent to begin his college football career at Westminster College.
He signed with the NCAA Division III school sitting alongside his parents Andrew and Faye Fairchild. He was also joined by Community R-VI Principal Bob Curtis, Community R-VI coach Brandon Talbot, Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan, Van-Far/Community R-VI defensive coach Gabe Regot, and other family and friends.
Fairchild, who is Community R-VI’s first ever four-year letterwinner in football, said he’s looking forward to joining some former high school teammates at the Fulton, Mo. school.
Conner Albrecht and Lucas Robinson are former Indians who are currently playing football for the Blue Jays.
“When I went to visit Westminster, something stood out about it,” Anthony Fairchild said.
Fairchild may see time as either a defensive end, linebacker, and at least early on, he will likely see some time on special teams. He said he’s still undecided on his major but is leaning towards a degree in education along with a pursuit in a coaching career.
Logan praised Fairchild for the courage he displayed going out for the high school football team as a freshman.
Logan added that Fairchild really made progress during his junior season before becoming one of the best players in the EMO Conference during his senior year.
“He went through the program, he went through the fire, saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and worked his way up,” Logan added. “He’s very coachable and very dependable. It was special to see him develop.”
Logan added that it’s special to see now three Indians football players continuing their careers at his alma mater, Westminster College.
“They felt more comfortable because they knew I loved it over there,” he said. “The special thing about Division III football is that kids are there for the love of the game.”
Logan noted that several Westminster College graduates, like himself, are now coaching high school programs in the area.