FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown showed improved offense against its Week 1 game against Clear Fork, but Madison Plains proved a tough customer in winning, 40-7.

The Golden Eagles (2-0) gained 440 total yards, 326 of which came on 37 carries. They also hit on 7 of 13 passes for 114 yards and a score. The Freddies (0-2) had less than half of Madison Plains’ ground yards, 165, on 38 carries, and QB Terry Fearn threw for 78 yards on 5-of-8 passing. The Eagles’ defense was also dominant in forcing three lost fumbles.

Fearn scored Fredericktown’s lone touchdown with 59 seconds to play in the first quarter on a 69-yard run, but that only cut the Madison Plains’ lead to 18-7 after three Eagle touchdowns.

The Freddies had a golden opportunity for added points with about five minutes to play in the second quarter, but a 26-yard field goal try went awry. The Eagles scored once in the period to go up, 26-7, at halftime.

Madison Plains scored two more touchdowns in the game, one in the third quarter and one more in the fourth, which induced a running game clock for the remainder of the game.

Mason Finnell ran eight times for 57 yards for Fredericktown, and Fearn gained 48 total yards on nine carries. Corey Webb lugged the ball 11 times for 41 yards, and Teegan Ruhl had 24 yards on three carries. Kailin Horlacher had two catches for 41 yards, Steven Tumbleson one for 19 and Finnell two for 18.

One team will win its first game next Friday when the Fredericktown plays its first road game at Utica at 7 p.m.

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