BELLVILLE — There are good ways to start the season and their are bad ways.
The Fredericktown football team had the latter Friday night, dropping a 63-0 decision to host Clear Fork.
“That is not the way you want to start the season,” said Fredericktown coach Beau Wolford. “We gave up too many big plays and had way too many mistakes against a good football team.”
The big plays came early and often for the Colts. After forcing a three-and-out, Clear Fork’s Caden Flynn gave his team great field position with a 42-yard punt return. It took the Colts just three plays to put their first of many scores on the board.
The next drive saw the Colts twice make fourth-down conversions, one of which was an 18-yard pass. Clear Fork then made two big third-down conversions on its third scoring drive.
“(In the first half) We had them in third down the majority of the drives. We can’t make mistakes or give second chances to a team like them and come out on top,” Wolford said.
Clear Fork coach Dave Carroll agreed that the beginning of the game was key as his offense wasn’t really clicking but still able to advance the ball and score.
“It was a little bit of a slow start, but we got it going and able to get a few points,” Carroll said. “I’m real proud of the kids. We were able to get a lot in the game and have some fun tonight.”
Then, the Colts got the back-breaker.
Caden Flynn took a Freddie punt and raced 75 yards for a touchdown to give the Colts a 28-0 lead with five minutes left in the second quarter.
His play fired up the Colts, who needed no time to add two more scores and turn the game into a laugher by halftime.
A blocked punt set up the next score and then three big plays gave the Colts a 42-0 lead at intermission.
“We were just outmatched tonight. We have a lot of first-time starters trying to figure things out,” Wolford said. “Then, anytime we would get the ball moving, we’d shoot ourselves in the foot.”
A running clock in the second half kept things from going completely crazy, but the Colts still managed three more scores.
Clear Fork had six running backs get more than 10 yards, led by Trevon Trammell, who had 98 yards on just seven carries. Jacob Lester had 68 yards on just six carries and Zach Homerick had 50 yards on five carries. The Colts racked up 257 yards rushing on just 30 carries.
The Colts also saw some success passing, as Jared Schaefer completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards. Brennan South completed 2 of 6 for 2 yards. Homerick was their favorite target, catching three passes for 72 yards.
Fredericktown was led by quarterback Terry Fearn, who rushed for 48 yards and passes for another 56. He completed 6 of 13 passes on the night. Jack Fitzpatrick caught four of those balls for 32 yards, while Corey Webb managed 23 yards on just one catch. Fitzpatrick also rushed for 30 yards on three carries.
Things won’t get any easier for the Freddies, as they must travel to Marion to take on the Pleasant Spartans next Friday. Clear Fork travels to Bellevue.