UTICA — All week, Fredericktown head coach Brian Baum had been preaching how his Freddies needed to stop Utica running back Travis Baldwin.
The Fredericktown defense held the Utica senior to 92 yards on 29 carries. Meantime, the Freddies’ own rushers ran through holes in the Utica defense to lead the team to a 34-0 one-sided victory at Redskin Stadium.
“I wanted to stop (Baldwin),” said Fredericktown head coach Brian Baum. “Everything was going to fall into place if we could stop him. He’s that fast and that big of a threat. He’ll win games for them.”
Baldwin had demonstrated his superior athletic ability the week before with an 188-yard performance against East Knox. Against Fredericktown (1-2), Baldwin began the game running between the tackles for modest gains. Fredericktown’s Austin Hathaway forced Baldwin to fumble at the end of the first drive of the game, and Tyler Ruhl scooped up the loose ball.
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