Photo slideshow from last nights victory over Utica at home. The full gallery of images will be available for purchase in the coming days.
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.
Photos from the varsity football game at Danville. Full gallery coming soon.
The full gallery of images from the Thursday session of two-a-days is now available online. In order to view the images, click the picture below. Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.
The following are photos from August 7, 2014 of the progress on the home stands at Fredericktown Field. Aluminum surfaces are going up and the new look for events down at the field is taking shape. The bright red highlights are going to make the home stands pop out.
The full gallery of images from the Monday session of football camp for grades three through eight is now available online. In order to view the images, click the picture below. Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.