Cadets March Over Pilots
The Pilots’ Austin McConn rushed for 96 yards and scored a touchdown, but it wasn’t quite enough, as the visiting Fort Frye Cadets crushed the Pilots 38-14 in the season opener Aug. 27 at Flannery Field. After a positive 11-yard run by McConn, the Cadets would strip the star, forcing a turnover close to midfield, just three plays into the game.
The Cadets moved to within eight yards of the goal line before the Pilot defense held them on downs. The Cadets then held the Pilots and forced them to punt from the end zone. River’s snap went over the head of Tanner Wright for a Fort Frye safety and a two-point lead.
The Cadets took over at midfield after the kick. It looked like they would score on a pitch to the sidelines, but the Pilots’ Gunner Carmen came up with a fumble recovery at the 33 yard line.
River had a dropped pass and was flagged with a motion penalty that forced them to punt from their 35 yard line. The Cadets took a long punt from Wright and scampered 75 yards for a touchdown to give the visitors a 9-0 lead, still in the first quarter.
The Cadet defense held the Pilots, forced another punt, and eventually took possession around midfield. It looked like the Pilot defense was going to hold Frye on its drive, but a little swing pass and a couple missed tackles went from being a short gainer to a 15-yard pitch and catch.
The Pilot defense had the Cadet quarterback in trouble, but he found the Pilot turf to his liking and rambled for a 34-yard touchdown run to push the score to 17-0 after the two-point conversion pass.
With only 2:36 left in the first quarter, the Pilots’ offense couldn’t get anything going and punted with only 41 seconds remaining in period one.
Fort Frye started the second period off with a six-yard TD run and a 19 yard scamper to extend their lead to 31-0 at the break.
The Cadets opened the second half with a 31-yard touchdown for their final score of the game and a 38-0 lead.
However, the Pilots scored on a James West one-yard plunge in the third period and McConn went the distance on a 53-yard TD scamper to make the game respectable. Wright converted both extra point attempts.
Fort Frye had 300 yards of total offense, while the Pilots accumulated 222 yards. McConn had 128 yards of offense with 96 yards and a touchdown coming from the ground. West rushed for 17 yards and the trio of Justin Thomas, Cody Caretti, and Garth Richter accounted for 77 yards receiving. Cody Caldwell connected on 13-29 passes for 111 yards.
Fort Frye tallied 10 first downs, but the Pilots managed only six. The Cadets had nine yellow flags thrown their way for 65 yards lost, while River had seven for 34 yards lost.
It won’t get any easier for the Pilots, as they travel to Newcommerstown Friday for a 7:30 p.m. contest with the Trojans.