CENTERBURG — Football is a game of inches.
And the Fredericktown Freddies fell inches short, twice. Meanwhile, their opponents, the Centerburg Trojans, made every extra inch count.
The Freddies gave the undefeated Trojans all they could handle Friday. But the late-game heroics of quarterback Tyler Stoyle and the effort by the offensive line gave Centerburg a 28-26 overtime victory.
“This game was won up front,” said Centerburg head coach Jim Stoyle. “Our offensive line and defensive line are very athletic. ... We knew we were in better shape.”
“Everything starts up front,” said Tyler Stoyle. “I owe those guys everything I get. It all starts with those guys.”
The Trojans (6-0) forced overtime by stopping Fredericktown with time expiring. With the ball at midfield and the clock ticking to zero, quarterback Austin Hathaway reared back and heaved a pass to a well-covered Braxton McQueen, who hauled in the catch over Jake Stewart’s reach and turned toward the goal line. He got as far as the 1-yard line when, diving forward, Stoyle pulled him back just enough to send him out of bounds.
“We wanted to run it out. Then we got exactly the look we wanted to get,” said Fredericktown head coach Brian Baum. “I was just hoping he would get across.”
Overtime came down to a pair of two-point conversions — one made, one not.
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