Freddies let lead slip away
Saturday, October 12th
RICHWOOD — Fredericktown threw everything it had at North Union in their Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game on Friday night, but the host Wildcats had an answer for everything in beating the Freddies, 54-40.
Fredericktown (3-4, 2-2) had 81 plays in the game to only 42 for North Union (6-1, 3-1), and held the clock for nearly twice the time, 31:27 to 16:33. The Freddies could not stop the big play, however, ceding the Wildcats 626 yards on the night, an average of 14.9 yards on every play. North Union QB Hayden Stofcheck was nearly unstoppable, completing 15-of-19 passes for 430 yards and six TDs.
Stofcheck’s QB rating for the game was an unreal 373.3.
The teams used the first quarter to test each other out, and Fredericktown struck first on Tyler Ruhl’s 3-yard TD run with 6:26 to play. Stofcheck ran in from 6 yards out with 2:47 left in the period to tie the game at 7.
The Freddies had the upper hand for most of the second quarter, controlling the clock through its running game. Chris Hoar caught a 6-yard TD pass from Austin Hathaway at the 9:44 mark to leave his team ahead, 13-7, but less than two minutes later Stofcheck hooked up with Sam Nordquist on a 76-yard TD pass which left the Wildcats up, 14-13. Fredericktown got the clock down to 1:56 on its next drive before Hathaway scored on a 6-yard run to put the team on top, 21-14.
Then it happened. North Union pulled out the big play to score three more times before the break to lead 34-21. Stofcheck hit Ryan Cox with a 29-yard TD pass at the 1:29 mark, then got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff. Stofcheck found Will Welch with a 3-yard TD pass 26 seconds left for a 27-21 lead. With the ball once again, Stofcheck threw a 61-yard pass to Thane Hoffman with just one second remaining, and the game had completely turned the Wildcats way.
From then on, no Freddie score went unanswered. After Ruhl ran in from 2 yards out with 6:30 to play in the third quarter, Hoffman broke off a 68-yard TD run just 18 seconds later for a 40-28 lead. Ruhl scored another 2-yard TD with 2:01 left, but Hoffman caught a 41-yard pass to take the lead to 47-34. Hathaway scored on a 21-yard run at the 9:53 mark of the fourth quarter, but Stofcheck hit Dalton Thompson with a 13-yard scoring pass with 6:01 left to finish out the game.
Hathaway led Fredericktown with 29 carries and 215 yards, and completed 14-of-27 passes for 177 yards. Colton Foltz had two catches for 64 yard, and Hoar caught five passes for 34 yards. For North Union, Hoffman ran for 122 yards and caught passes for 160 yards.
Fredericktown will travel to Highland for its last away game of the season next Friday at 7 p.m.
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