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VIDEO – Highlights

So the highlight videos this season have had quite the following from the looks of the statistics on Facebook and the comments we are getting back.  However with all this technology out there, sometimes we miss making sure everyone is seeing what the Freddies are doing this football season.  The last of the highlight videos have made their way over to YouTube this morning and can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

The goal of these videos wan’t just to be press box overview video, or to be one single angle of the game, but give you that game day feeling and bring you things that you don’t always get in the stands.  Having covered high school action and plenty of Collegiate level events since 2004 I’ve worked with some of the best and it left me inspired to change some of what was being put out for our local sports.  High quality photography has always been a primary goal, but video action was the niche that we needed here.  I hope you enjoy them and look forward to bringing many more.

HIGHLAND

CENTERBURG

EAST KNOX

MOUNT GILEAD

DANVILLE

ELGIN

UTICA

CLEAR FORK

 

Freddie Nation spirit felt on the field

On Thursday night I had the opportunity to sit down with the Captains of the Fredericktown Football Team to talk many topics and these were just a few of their comments.

Over the past nine years solid in covering Fredericktown football for local news outlets there are many things that stand out, but none more than the crowd that our sports bring to the game.  Dubbed over the past several seasons as Freddie Nation by many, it’s a following, an energy, and something that on a Friday night that you can feel throughout the stadium.  That feeling isn’t just recognized in the crowd or outside at the tailgate, it’s a feeling that gets right down to the sideline and into the game.

“I don’t know about everyone else, but when I’m looking up in the stands and I see our parents just as rowdy as we are, that’s awesome,” said Tyler Ruhl.

The intensity can be felt on the sidelines, they see it, hear it, and feel it.  Coming off between plays you can see as they glance to the stands and look around.  With Freddie Nation however, they don’t have far to look as the local crowd is notorious for packing just as many along the fence wherever they go.

“I love seeing all the people standing on the sides, walking around, the bleachers all full and us even crowding around to the visitors side.  Its an awesome feeling,” said Caleb Snyder.

Distance seems to make little to no difference with the Freddies, this year even the crowd for the scrimmage at Rittman on a Saturday afternoon had a significant following that rivaled the closer teams.

“Every time I go out to break through that banner I always like to look at both sides and I just love how even on the away games our side always stands out,” said Colton Lybarger.  “We have so much support from our community that it’s amazing.”

“Busting through that banner and seeing a stadium full of people, theres no greater feeling,” added Austin Hathaway.

Check back next week as we have video coverage of the full locker room interview and more about their exciting season.

Week 10 – NBC 4 Tailgate at Fredericktown

PHOTOS – Utica

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Lady Freddies downed at OHSAA sectional finals

The Lady Freddies (#11 seed) were knocked out of the sectional final tournament in three, 21-25, 15-25, 19-25, this afternoon against host Columbus Bishop Ready (#4 seed).  The Silver Knights and Freddies traded the lead back and forth the first set tying numerous times late before the Knights could pull ahead with four points to finish the set.

Tied at eight in the second set, the Knights began to edge ahead to take a more confident win with momentum swinging in their favor.

The Freddies started out flat in set three with the Knights being able to pull ahead 10-3 before Fredericktown called a timeout and regrouped.  They started matching Ready score for score and battled it out to the very end.  Fredericktown got within four before the Silver Knights rallied to finish 25-19.

Cassidy Frazier had nine points, four kills, three aces, and eight digs.  Emily Cobb had six points, three kills, two aces, and four digs.  Carolyn Webster had four points, six kills, and five digs.  Julie gable had three points, three kills, one ace, three digs, and one assist.  Adri Long had two points, fourteen assists, one kill, one ace, and eleven digs.  Destiny Clagg had twelve digs and two assists.

Freddies remain undefeated after 48-21 win over Highland

The Fredericktown Freddies are having their best season since 2010 with the 8-0 streak they have accumulated this season and they aren’t finished yet.  Going into Friday night they knew however that records didn’t matter and that the Highland Scots were going to bring everything that they had.  Offensively both teams brought it out from the start.

“They run a wing-t very well, they are well coached, and we knew it was going to be a dogfight,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.  “We were able to weather that there in the first quarter, and then come out in the second, third, and fourth to do what we needed to do to have a victory.”

Fredericktown kept it on the ground for the first drive of the game with Austin Hathaway pounding away with the ball before Tyler Ruhl got the handoff.

Ruhl took two plays and got the scoring off to a start for the Freddies with a nine-yard untouched run up the center.  The Scots had an answer for that on their next drive, finishing in a four-yard jaunt.  It was Hathaway however that found the perfect slot to run through and keep for a 75-yard touchdown run to edge ahead again.

The Scots possession took under three minutes off the clock with some big gains that the defense couldn’t find the right combination to stop, they scored on a four-yard run to tie the game up at seven.

Devin Kessler took the handoff on the first play of their next drive for a short gain, but it was Hathaway who bounced through the holes to sprint for a 75-yard touchdown.

While the Freddies had it going on the offense, it took the defense some time to see, adjust, and make changes to shut down the elusive Scots that matched them score for score in the first twelve minutes.  Once they shut them down, the Scots didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter of play while the jayvee were in the game.

“It’s hard to emulate what they (Highland) do in practice.  Whether it’s the size, the way the backs kick out on the fakes, but once we were able to see that in the first quarter we were able to adjust and coach them up from there,” said Coach Baum.

With a strong wind most of Friday, the options in the air were truly limited and risky at times, no worries for the Fredericktown offense who had a more than capable strong stable of backs to go to.  With holes being ripped open by the line and the talent moving across the field, there wasn’t much to slow them down in the second.

Matt Giffin was up next to score for the Freddies as Hathaway reached out to him down the sideline on a 14-yarder to edge ahead.  The offense was in overdrive and cruised through a powerful second quarter.  A momentum swing really happened for the Freddies when Highland had them pinned at the three-yard line and fumbled.  Fredericktown used that turnover well with Hathaway three plays later grabbing a breakaway 83-yard run capped by a two-point conversion to Braxton McQueen.

“It was a fun game, we were able to cause a couple turnovers that were crucial,” said Coach Baum.

Right down to the wire in the first half of the game the Freddie ate away at the time with Hathaway again scoring, this time from six-yards out.  Ruhl capped off the first half score with the conversion to send them to the locker room with a 35-14 lead.

The wind wasn’t the only thing causing some changes Friday night.  With Brayden Mast out this week with a knee injury, Hunter McVay was handling field goals and Stefano Gallo was kicking off.  Wind was playing a key part in burying a few kicks, but Coach Baum didn’t want to take anything away from the more difficult kicks that helped make a difference.

“It was good to see that. I was very impressed with the way he (Gallo) kicked into the wind on the ground with those hard squibs.  Those were excellent kicks, they are hard to field and we were able to pin them deep. So he did a nice job all night for us,” said Coach Baum.

With a strong first half under their belts, both teams had seen some of the best of each other and half time obviously allowed for adjustments in both locker rooms.  The chains moved frequently in the third quarter, but the defenses thwarted each others attack and didn’t break.

“There were things early on that I wanted to finish that we didn’t.  We left a couple points out there on the field tonight,” said Coach Baum.  “I don’t want to take anything away from Highland, they are a well coached and hard nosed team.”

Fredericktown rotated in Dillon Smith in the fourth quarter to get some snaps and slowly rotated the jayvee squad in.  Smith and Ruhl worked the ball, but it was Ruhl who took the handoff for a 13-yard run.  The Freddies followed that score up less than a minute into the Scots next possession.  Trace Young of the Freddies had been keeping a watchful eye as the passing game opened up more.  Perched at the Highland 44, the ball was intercepted by Young who ran it 56-yards to the end zone to finish the Freddies scoring.

“We were on him all week that they were going to throw one over there and they did.  He made a play and he was fast,” said Coach Baum.  “Maybe he should be on the receiving corps the way he took off.”

Hathaway led the game on the ground with 257 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns, Ruhl had 64-yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns, and Kessler with 30-yards on eight carries.  Hathaway was six-of-fourteen passing for 76-yards and one touchdown.

Fredericktown’s defense was led by Dillon Smith with 18 tackles who caused one fumble, Trace Young with 14 who had a key interception in the fourth quarter, and Colton Lybarger with 12 including one sack.  Tyler Ruhl and Jacob Lloyd had six apiece with Ruhl scooping up a fumble recovery.

The Freddies travel on Friday night to Northmor for week nine of football.

PHOTOS – Centerburg

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Freddies overpower Trojans 28-21

They’ve been called a second half team and in fact they too know that they are a second half team capable of out powering and outlasting, but on Friday night they had to shorten that to a fourth quarter team.  It was a game far from perfect that started out with problems from before the ball was even snapped.  A delay of game culminated to a rough first half that saw Centerburg Trojans hold a strong lead before the Freddies overpowered to a 28-21 victory.

“Any time you’re playing a good quality team like Centerburg it’s a great feeling.  Last year we were on the other side so I do know what they’re feeling in that locker room.  I know this, Coach Stoyle is going to have them fighting for three more weeks,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.

Fredericktown held the Trojans to a three-and-out and started their first series at the 45 less than two minutes into the game.  A nine-yard gain by Austin Hathaway started out the drive.  Key passes in some third and long positions out to Braxton McQueen and Jake Streby along with some movement on the ground got the ball down to the 16.  The drive was capped off with a five-yard touchdown run by Devin Kessler.  6:25

A short field kick by Brayden Mast certainly caused some roar from the sidelines, but the Freddie defense stepped up and held Centerburg from getting anywhere on their possession.

The Freddies were buried at their one and didn’t get far on the next drive and couldn’t find a way to power through the Centerburg defense.

Jeremy Sesma scored on the following Centerburg drive with a one-yard trip with 1:40 left in the first quarter to tie the game.

A bad snap for the Freddies gave the Trojans another field advantage, this time with 20-yards to go.  Despite several back-and-forth penalties they got the fifteen-yard pass from John Rings to Sesma to pull ahead.  14-7.

“This was a lot like another game this year where we left a lot of opportunities out there.  Our special teams kind of made a few miscues which we normally don’t do, but we’ll work on that again,” said Coach Baum.

Hathaway and Kessler worked the ground to grab what yards they could as the Trojans stepped up their pass coverage.  While they moved the rock, they just couldn’t pound through the defense and turned the ball over on downs at their own 37-yard line.  It took a minute and a half for Centerburg to find the right combination to overpower and let Rings hit his brother Jacob with a seven-yard pass.

When it looked as if Centerburg might end up getting into a scoring position again a huge stop by Tristin Cherryholmes and Colton Lybarger tackled for a huge loss.  With things clicking for the Freddies defense now and the Trojans continuing to go to the air, Hathaway read the next pass right and snagged the interception just before half-time.

“At halftime we got on them a little bit, but it wasn’t downgrading.  It’s about bringing up and believing in yourselves and sometimes you need reminded a little loudly of that, that you can believe in yourself and you can do this,” said Coach Baum.

Hathaway, Kessler, and Tyler Ruhl worked behind the strong Freddies line to power downfield and take valuable time off the clock.  A pass from Hathaway to Jackson got it down to the 11-yard line when the Centerburg defense really buckled down and held on to stop Ruhl at the two.

“We went in at half time and Coach Baum really talked about being stronger and just outworking these guys,” said senior Tyler Ruhl.  “The guys up front really worked hard in the second half.  We were telling them after each play that we believe in them and that they can do it.”

The fourth quarter was when the magic just kept coming for the Freddies.  The will to win, the feelings of the 2013 season, and hard work all began to show as they gave the fans a thriller.

“Everyone that made a mistake came back and made a big play to help win this game so everybody should be proud of themselves.  This is a great win for the Freddies,” said Coach Baum.

Fredericktown got as far as the Trojan 18 before turning it over on downs.  A fumble recovery by the Freddies quickly got the ball back in their hands at the 10-yard line where they capitalized on the grab.   A two-yard touchdown run by Hathaway worked, but the two-point conversion failed, leaving them 13-21.

Fredericktown’s defense again answered the call after just over a minute to setup the next drive and Hathaway to march the ball 58-yards to the end zone.  A pass from Hathaway to Jackson for the conversion tied the game at 21 and the stadium was rocking.

“I tell you what, we have a lot of depth, and our guys can catch the ball.  We’ve got a great line.  They work their butts off all summer long and I’m really proud of those guys, said quarterback Austin Hathaway.  “Its great that we can set them out on defense and they can come in fresh on offense.”

With 44 seconds left on the clock in the game Hathaway capped off the four minute drive with a six-yard touchdown to pull ahead.  Finishing off the 78-yard drive they thought might be enough to take the wind from the Trojan sails, they didn’t give up.  Perched on the Freddies side of the field the hook and ladder play almost worked for Centerburg.  That was it worked until Jackson made contact with Sesma to take him down at the Fredericktown two-yard line, just short of what could have been a devastating blow.

“I thought oh dang here we go again with Sesma because he can make plays, and all of a sudden here comes Chase Jackson to make a big play for us.  He was a big addition to this team and I’m really proud of him,” said Coach Baum.

The sidelines and Fredericktown fans quickly swarmed the field as the clock hit zero and the Freddies sealed the victory to remain undefeated.

“I tell you what, this was a hell of a win for Fredericktown, you can see the atmosphere out here.  I’m pumped for the community and hope that we can just keep this thing rolling,” said Coach Baum.

Hathaway was eight of seventeen for 76 yards passing for the evening.  He led the rushing offense with 195-yards on 34 attempts for three touchdowns.  Tyler Ruhl had nine for 27-yards.  Leading the receivers was Chase Jackson at 37-yards on four receptions, and Jake Streby with one for 21-yards.  They all worked together for a total of 295-yards on 70 plays with 219 from rushing and 76-yards passing.

The defense was led by Colton Lybarger with 13 tackles, Trace Young with 9 and a fumble recovery, and Tyler Ruhl with seven including four tackles for a loss.  They gave up 71-yards on the ground and 160-yards in the air against the Trojans.

We’re seeing improvements week to week and getting my linebackers healthy again was key for us this week,” said Coach Baum.

The Freddies will host the Highland Scots this Friday night in week eight of high school football.

PHOTOS – Fredericktown Football vs Utica 09122014

Photo slideshow from last nights victory over Utica at home.  The full gallery of images will be available for purchase in the coming days.

Freddies look to Elgin and beyond

Photo By JASON BOSTIC

Fredericktown football travels to Marion County to take on the Elgin Comets on Friday night to open their MOAC schedule.  Starting out the season with a 3-0 record, its been four years since the Freddies have shown that many “W’ in the results and in the post game huddle you can feel the intensity.

“Since we’ve beefed up our non-conference with some quality opponents like we have, we’ve struggled, but we wanted to do that to be playoff ready.  We haven’t been in the playoffs since we’ve done that,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.  “This is the type of year you want to take on those opponents with quality teams up front to get your boys ready for late in the year.  Hopefully we can stay healthy and do that, but right now it’s all about Elgin.”

From the players right up to the coaches, the excitement is there and you can feel the potential that lie ahead.

“Everything counts right now, we want to be great, we don’t want to settle for being good,” Coach Baum told his team as they knelt on the field.  “You’re 3-0, where does that tell you that you can go,” Coach Baum challenged his team.

The Freddies are ready, for the challenge, for the possibilities that are ahead, but their focus is only a week at a time.  That week started immediately following the victory over Utica.

“I look forward to watching some film tonight and tomorrow on them and studying up, it starts now,” said Coach Baum.

Elgin is coming off tough back-to-back losses, including the Friday night week three loss to rival North Union Wildcats that bumped opposite divisions this year.  The 33-point shutout was plagued with turnovers and a team that was fighting exhaustion.  Exhaustion, one thing that the Freddies are good at handling with their well rested lines, depth, and solid conditioning which will put the Comets to the test.  Where the Comets have guys working both ways, the Freddies have reached a point where they can rotate, rest, hydrate, coach up and send a fresh defensive or offensive line back to the field.  This will no doubt be a huge deciding factor in this matchup.

If the matchup with Fredericktown is similar to the North Union game, the Freddies should have no issue with going to the air and keep the Comets guessing with the talented hands and targets for Austin Hathaway to reach out to.  Will it be Braxton McQueen, Chase Jackson, or will Jake Streby break out and take their opponent by surprise again.  Will we have to go to the ground and grind out the yards, well with a full stable of backs it should be no issue.  Whether its Tyler Ruhl twisting through the holes; Devin Kessler dragging the defense with, Brenden Reed running it to the house, or even Hathaway himself keeping it, the Freddie offense is poised to bring it.