FREDERICKTOWN — They knew their postseason chances were slim, but the Centerburg Trojans were not about to be the cause of their demise. The visiting Trojans put six touchdowns on the board in the first half of Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference, pounding the host Fredericktown Freddies, 44-6.
The Trojans, who rolled up 347 yards in the game, got 121 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Donnell Marshall. The first time Marshall touched the ball, on the game’s first play from scrimmage, he ran 44 yards for the game’s first score. He also added TD runs of 14 and 20 yards in the game’s opening quarter.
“Our line came out on fire tonight,” Marshall said. “We were just ready to go. Our line was really going at it. I give them all the credit for this win.”
Marshall ran for one more touchdown in the second quarter, this time from 17 yards out. Centerburg quarterback Jack Gregory also found a pair of receivers for touchdown passes in the period. Tyler Johnson caught one for 13 yards and Gavin Wilson scored on a 44-yard catch and run.
“We just knew that we wanted to get the seniors a win,” Gregory said. “We built a lot of chemistry among ourselves and we have all become very good friends. We just wanted to end it on the right note.”
Gregory’s only mistake was letting a first-quarter pass, intended for teammate Hayden Sutton, sail a bit far and fall into the hands of Fredericktown defender Kalin Horlacher but even that turned into points. The Freddies got the ball on their 2-yard line, and running back Steven Tumbleson was chased down in his team’s endzone by Centerburg’s Trey Kendrick.
Fredericktown quarterback Terry Fearn (3-of-7, 25 yards) also had a pass picked off. Centerburg defensive back Hunter Parker ran the ball back to the Freddies’ 27-yard line, setting up the Trojans’ sixth touchdown of the first half.
“It was pretty amazing,” Parker said. “It’s the first one I’ve had on varsity so far. The ball just kind of showed up in my hands.”
Although the game marked the end of the regular season for both teams, Centerburg had an outside shot at a playoff berth. If they were not able to get into the postseason, they were determined to send off their seniors in style.
“They were able to finish the last play,” said Centerburg Trojans coach Andy Collela. “We had all our seniors out on the field. That was pretty special.”
The Freddies finally got on the board in the final quarter, when Teegan Ruhl got the ball deep into Trojan territory with a 42-yard run, finishing the drive with a 2-yard run. Ruhl finished the game with 42 yards on seven carries. Teammate Corey Webb ran the ball 38 yards on 13 carries. Fearn had 56 yards on nine carries.
“The season hasn’t gone our way,” said Fredericktown coach Beau Wolford. “I know our seniors feel that they have things on the field that they have left unfinished, but at the end of the day, they are a great group of kids who are going to do some great things. I told them that, I believe that the seniors, who graduate, playing football, are going to do some great things.”
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