Freddies beat Northmor in offensive slugfest
Saturday, September 28th
GALION — Fredericktown’s rushing game was in full glory on Friday night, but its defense gave up its share of points in a 56-44 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference victory at Northmor.
Tyler Ruhl rushed for a career-high 349 yards on 28 carries for the Freddies (3-2, 2-0), who won their third-straight game after two season-opening losses. Ruhl scored five touchdowns, the shortest for 10 yards. QB Austin Hathaway ran 10 times for 95 yards and a pair of scores.
Overall, Fredericktown ran 54 times for 524 yards, and gave up 245 yards on 46 carries and 150 yards passing to the Knights (2-3, 0-2). The Freddies lost the turnover battle, 3-1, and two of those resulted in Northmor scores. The Freddies also committed 11 penalties for 97 yards.
For such a high-scoring game, the first score came relatively late. With 4:21 left in the first quarter, Ruhl ran for a 21-yard touchdown that put Fredericktown ahead, 7-0. Lane Foster knotted the score at 7 with a 1-yard TD run for the Knights with 1:59 to play.
Scoring picked up in the second quarter, and did not let up. Hathaway rushed for a 2-yard touchdown to lift the Freddies to a 15-7 lead at the 10:44 mark, and Ruhl blitzed Northmor for a 35-yard TD run and a 23-7 lead with 7:18 left. The Knights cut the lead to eight, 23-15, on Mason Jordan’s 17-yard halfback pass to Mitchell Whistler with 3:38 remaining, but Ruhl scooted in from 10 yards out in the final minute to leave Fredericktown up, 29-15, at the break.
The Knights got a break to start the second half, when the Freddies fumbled the kickoff. Northmor scored at the 10:17 mark on Zach Caroll’s 12-yard run to get to within a touchdown, 29-22. Fredericktown answered with 9:00 to play on a Ruhl’s 36-yard run, but Caroll closed the gap to nine points, 37-28, after his 2-yard TD with 3:20 left.
Brenden Reed’s 5-yard TD run at the 2:36 mark of the third began a nice run for the Freddies, who scored two straight TDs in the fourth quarter. Hathaway’s 35-yard run and Ruhl’s 56-yarder combined to give Fredericktown a 56-28 lead with 8:53 left in the game.
Northmor made it closer at the end with a Jamie Baldridge 1-yard TD reception with 5:05 to play. Foster recovered another Freddie fumble to rumble 82 yards for a score with 2:33 to play, but could only cut the final margin to 12 points.
Hathaway completed 8-of-11 passes for 119 yards, with three each going to Chris Hoar and Devin Kessler for 55 and 50 yards, respectively. Caroll ran 15 times for 111 yards for the Knights, and went 9-of-25 for 133 yards.
Fredericktown will face a big test on Friday, traveling to Centerburg to face the unbeaten Trojans at 7 p.m.
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