Freddies, Colts renew rivalry in barnburner
Saturday, August 31st
FREDERICKTOWN — An old rivalry returned to Fredericktown High School on Friday night, and the game was a reminder just how good that rivalry used to be. Clear Fork and Fredericktown played a knock-down, drag out contest for four quarters, with the Colts getting past a pesky Freddies team, 47-40.
A give-and-take game, Fredericktown (1-0) took as many penalty yards as Clear Fork (1-0) would give. The Colts committed 15 penalties for 125 yards, and five of those gave the Freddies a first down, extending drives which might otherwise have stalled. However, Fredericktown also gave in return, losing four of its six fumbles.
The Freddies rushed for only 70 yards on 34 carries, compared to 27 rushes for 196 yards for Clear Fork. Freddie QB Austin Hathaway was not particularly accurate, going 11-of-35 for 198 yards, but had a hand in all five of his team’s scores.
The Colts got a great game from QB Kadin Chrastina, who ran 15 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns and hit 17-of-20 passes for 166 yards and one TD.
Clear Fork started the game right, as Silas Finley hauled in the opening kickoff and ran 83 yards for a 7-0 lead. Fredericktown answered at the 4:01 mark, as Hathaway punched in from 1 yard out. Without a kicking game, the Freddies ran conversions on all of its touchdowns and made them all. Hathaway’s conversion run put Fredericktown up, 8-7.
With time running down in the quarter, the Colts faced a 4th-and-24 at the Freddie 25. After a Fredericktown timeout, Chrastina found Ridge Winand downfield, and his 25-yard TD catch with three seconds to play gave Clear Fork a 14-8 lead.
On its next scoring drive, the Colts showed a bit of razzle-dazzle. Chrastina handed the ball to Finley, and he connected with an open Bradley Studemund for a 27-yard TD pass to lift his team to a 22-8 lead. The Freddies then ran off a long drive, helped out by two Clear Fork personal foul penalties, which ended in Hathaway’s 58-yard TD pass to Chris Hoar for a 22-16 deficit. The Colts had the final score of the half, as Chrastina nailed a 40-yard field goal with three seconds remaining, which left Clear Fork ahead 25-16 at the break.
Sam Armstrong scored the only touchdown of the third quarter, catching a 27-yard Hathaway pass to cut the lead to 25-24. Chrastina scored on a 15-yard run with 8:27 to play in the game, and the Colts were up, 33-24.
Fans witnessed a massive scoring outburst from the 2:39 mark of the fourth quarter to the 1:03 mark, as the teams each scored a pair of touchdowns. Hathaway’s 1-yard TD run and conversion pass with 2:39 to play cut Fredericktown’s deficit to 33-32, but just 43 seconds later Chrastina ripped off a 17-yard TD run to give the Clear Fork a 40-32 cushion. An important play occurred on the ensuing kickoff, as the Freddie returner fumbled the ball. Phil Wilson picked it up for the Colts for an 18-yard touchdown and a 47-32 lead. Hathaway spent only 41 seconds of the next drive to score again, hitting Armstrong for a 10-yard TD which left the score 47-40. The Colts ran out the clock for the win.
Hoar caught eight passes for 154 yards and a TD for the Freddies, and Finley grabbed eight catches for 78 yards.
Fredericktown will host old MBC rival Danville on Friday at 7 p.m.
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