FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies have been kept out of the win column through four weeks of this season, but they are looking to turn that around Friday in a Homecoming matchup against Mount Gilead.
“At this point, we haven’t started out the way we wanted to,” Fredericktown coach Beau Wolford said. “Every day we just want to get better.”
The Freddies suffered a 32-0 loss at home last week to undefeated Northmor. Fredericktown was limited to 126 yards, while Northmor racked up 351. The visiting Golden Knights shocked the Freddies coming out of the gates with 20 points in the first quarter.
Fredericktown’s closest contest so far this fall came at home in Week 3 to Utica, a 38-22 loss. The two teams were tied at 14 in the first frame, but then the Redskins started to pull away, scoring 24 points between the second and third quarters, before Fredericktown scored eight in the fourth.
“I think a big part of it is our kids need to learn how to respond to adversity,” Wolford said. “We have to realize we are still in the game. We need to remain focused.”
Terry Fearn is the Freddies’ top rusher with 158 yards on the year, while John Robbins has added 114 yards. Fearn has also thrown for 225 yards, with Jack Fitzpatrick (14 receptions, 153 yards) as his favorite target.
Mount Gilead has gotten off to a similar start for the 2018 season, sitting at 0-4. The Indians did up 24 points in a 40-24 loss in Week 3 to Elgin, but has otherwise been shutout, most recently in a 55-0 rout by East Knox.
“As far as their offense, they do have some good weapons,” Wolford said. “They do a good job as a zone-read offense, but they have just had some struggles.”
Tasked with causing more struggles for the Freddies is Fearn, who leads the Fredericktown defense with 21.5 tackles and an interception. Jake Partington has 14.5 tackles and Fitzpatrick has notched 17.
Friday night’s contest is Homecoming for the Freddies. Although the week has extra events and festivities, Wolford said the team should still be ready to go Friday.
“Homecoming always has its distractions for everybody, but our kids have still remained focused this week,” Wolford said.
Wolford said that one of the biggest things that could result in the first Fredericktown win of the fall is if they can win the turnover margin. He said turnovers have hindered the team this fall, so winning the turnover battle, as well as solid play can equal a Freddies win.
“We just didn’t take care of the football,” Wolford said of previous games. “You just can’t come out on top against a good opponent with a negative in the turnover margin. On defense, we have to get back to the fundamentals and make good tackles.”