FREDERICKTOWN — Northmor’s Wyatt Reeder put a dagger into Fredericktown’s hopes for victory with a 79yard kickoff-return touchdown to start Friday night’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference opener, and the Golden Knights’ defense took it from there in a 32-0 shutout win.
Northmor (4-0, 1-0) had steady contributions from RB Conor Becker and QB Hunter Mariotti. Becker passed 200 yards again with 20 carries for 236 yards and two TDs, and Mariotti completed 7 of 9 passes for 68 yards and one score.
The Freddies (0-4, 0-1) got very little yardage from their runners, as they rushed 34 times for just 22 yards, and QB Terry Fearn was 8 for 14 for 104 yards. Fredericktown cost itself on several occasions with three lost fumbles.
After Reeder’s return gave the Knights a 6-0 lead with only 14 seconds off the clock, Blake Miller made the Freddies pay for one of their fumbles by picking up one and taking it 26 yards for a score with 6:22 to play in the first. Becker’s 2-point run left Northmor up, 14-0.
The Knights scored their third touchdown of the quarter with 35 seconds to play, as Mariotti hit Miller for a 22yard scoring pass to make it 20-0.
Becker finally made it into the end zone in the second quarter on a 16-yard run with 2:35 remaining, which lifted the score to 26-0. Becker ran in from 57 yards out with 1:44 left in the third quarter, which initiated the running game clock.
Mariotti gained 29 yards on seven carries, and Gavin Ramos caught three passes for 30 yards. One negative for Northmor was that it missed all four extra points, with one blocked.
John Robbins led Freddie rushers with 11 carries for 25 yards, and Jack Fitzpatrick had three catches for 51 yards.
Northmor will host winless Danville next Friday at 7 p.m., and Fredericktown will try for its first win against 0-4 Mount Gilead.