BELLVILLE – The Clear Fork Colts honored some of their all-time greats before Friday’s home opener against Fredericktown.
Then, they proceeded to put on an all-time great performance.
The Colts piled up the points on Fredericktown, coasting to a 63-0 victory as some of the school’s most honored Hall of Famers watched.
“Back 30 years ago, when I played, the coaches always said, ‘This team (we’re playing) is really good.’ Well, the kids know better now,” Clear Fork head coach Dave Carroll said. “They knew Fredericktown was young and inexperienced.”
No single star was brighter than another; the nine Clear Fork touchdowns were scored by eight different players. Senior Caden Flynn, one of the fastest players on the team, scored on a 39-yard run as well as a 65-yard punt return.
Jared Schaefer threw two touchdowns on 5-for-6 passing. Schaefer, a senior, and junior Brennan South split quarterback duties through the first three quarters. It’s a plan Carroll used in last year’s historic 10-0 season.
“You always have your skeptics,” Carroll admitted. “In our system, the quarterback is like another running back that can throw. If I have two quarterbacks that are good, I’m going to play them. They’re getting half the reps, and there’s half as many plays for them to get injured because they take half the hits.
“They’re competing against the opponent, not each other. They each know they’re good athletes.”
Senior Trevon Trammell began the scoring on Clear Fork’s third play with a seven-yard end-around. South also rushed for a score. Zach Homerick, A.J. Blubaugh and Colin Crider caught TD passes, while sophomore Ashton Lyon scored on an interception return.
Fredericktown (0-1) managed 137 total yards, but never threatened to score. The Freddies entered the red zone just once – late in the first half – but they fumbled at the 19.
In his first varsity start, Terry Fearn completed 6 of 13 passes for 57 yards and one pick. He led the Freddies on the ground with 51 yards on 11 carries.
“He’s on a learning curve,” Fredericktown coach Beau Wolford said. “We’re working on him getting the ball out quicker, not waiting so long. Quarterback is one of those positions where you have to really be in tune with everything that’s going on.”
Jack Fitzpatrick caught four passes for 30 yards. He took over at quarterback late in the game.
But Friday’s spotlight shone on nearly everyone in a green-and-black uniform. Sophomore Jacob Lester entered the game in the fourth quarter and, in six carries, ran for more yards than anyone else on the roster. The 6-foot, 210-pounder’s 68 rushing yards bested senior Trammell by six.
The game was played under a running clock in the second half. The clock only stopped on scores – which the Colts did often – and on penalties.
Unfortunately for the Colts, they did that a lot, too.
“It was pretty clunky for awhile,” said Carroll of his nine-penalty team. “We committed way too many penalties. But, we were up 35 at the half, 63 for the game.”
Clear Fork honored its newest Athletic Hall of Fame class prior to the game. The class includes Jack Bennett, a 1957 graduate of Bellville High School, who helped build Clear Fork’s football and baseball stadiums; Taylor Thomas, who pitched for 30 wins and four no-hitters through the 2011 season; the 1989 Clear Fork football team, which reached the regional finals; and the 1994 boys and girls cross-country teams.
Clear Fork football looks to make it 12 regular-season wins in a row next Friday against rival Bellville. The Redmen handed the Colts their only loss of the season last year, in the regional semifinals. Clear Fork won their first encounter in 2017 in overtime.
Fredericktown will travel to Pleasant, which pounded Indian Lake, 40-7.