UTICA — Friday’s football game between Fredericktown and Utica turned faster than the blink of an eye.

Late in the third quarter of a tied game, Utica was controlling the Freddies and ready to take the lead. But, in less time than it took Clark Kent to find a phone booth, the Freddies turned what looked like another loss into an emotional 34-21 victory over the host Redskins.

Fred Main/News Fredericktown’s Tanner Ruhl (66) eyes an interception as teammate Xavier Stallard, left, separates Utica receiver Logan Reedy (15) from the ball on the first play of Friday’s game at Utica. The Freddies scored twice late to pull out a 34-21 victory over the Redskins.
Fred Main/News Fredericktown’s Jack Fitzpatrick (5) drags Utica defender Noah Thompson along on a run during their game Friday at Utica. Fitzpatrick had 94 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Freddies beat Utica, 34-21.

“I can’t say enough about the kids,” said Fredericktown coach Will Hartley. “At halftime I told them, ‘We’re right in this thing.’ We stepped up and answered.”

After a crazy first quarter where neither team could stop the other, things finally settled down. The Redskins (0-3) were starting to take control when they marched down the field late in the third quarter. But, a bad snap on a field goal attempt snowballed on the Redskins, who then turned the ball over twice in a short amount of time.


Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or fmain@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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