FREDERICKTOWN – The temperature in Fredericktown dropped from 90 to 55 faster than a teenager spotting a highway patrol car.
In Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game at Fredericktown Stadium, only the Freddies appeared cold.
Fredericktown and longtime rival Highland entered the game with identical 1-4 win-loss records. However, the Scots appeared to be in its usual playoff-contending mode. The three-pronged ground attack of Dylan Stillwell, Landyn Albanese and Jack Weaver combined for 250 rushing yards as Highland dismantled Fredericktown, 42-6.
“Anytime you give up 42 points, that hurts.” Fredericktown head coach Beau Wolford said. “Defensively, we have to get better at swarm tackling and at planting our feet. We have to work on our fundamentals. We have great, awesome kids that learn well. We just have to work harder.”
Highland took over on both sides of the ball from the opening bell. The Scots scored touchdowns on five of their first seven drives and forced a running clock throughout the entire second half. Highland won the battle at the line of scrimmage so thoroughly that Fredericktown couldn’t even get a first down until the final play of the first half.
It began quickly for Highland, as the team drove 65 yards on four rushing plays. The Scots averaged 8.6 yards per play in the first half and had accumulated 15 first downs by halftime.
Meanwhile, the Freddies struggled to get off the ball. Their best play was a 34-yard quarterback draw by Terry Fearn to close out the first half. Fearn didn’t score, but it did give Fredericktown some momentum going into the second half.
Although trailing 35-0 at halftime, the Freddies played the second half like a solid team. They began opening holes for their runners while containing Highland’s rushing attack.
“As a unit, we have to figure out how to start early,” Wolford said. “They came out in the second half and played hard, and played strong.”
Weaver began the scoring with a four-yard burst into the endzone just two minutes into the game. Weaver finished with 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Stillwell added a touchdown on a 30-yard sprint, shaking off two tackles in the process.
Quarterback Kadin Johnson went 5 for 9 with 130 yards for Highland. His last two passes were his best of the game: He hit Landon Remmert on a hook pattern for a 46-yard touchdown late in the second quarter, then hit Remmert again on a quick out that went for 43 yards and another score.
Albanese had six carries for 53 yards. Gavin Hankins took the bulk of the carries for Highland in the second half, gaining 18 yards on five attempts.
Corey Webb led Fredericktown with 28 yards on nine rushes. Zach Vogelsang had 26 yards, including 23 yards on a reverse for the Freddies’ lone touchdown.
“As the game went on, their linebackers did a good job following our pulling guards,” Wolford said. “At halftime, we adjusted to throw them off a little bit. We were able to use those new plays to move the ball. We just have to figure out a way to do that from the get-go.”
Fredericktown finished with 108 total yards.
The Freddies host Danville in another KMAC game this Friday.