NORTH ROBINSON — Fredericktown’s vaunted passing game threw four touchdown passes in the second half Friday to keep the Freddies unbeaten for the season. Fredericktown defeated Colonel Crawford 42-14.
The Freddies (3-0) had 524 total yards, with 394 of those from their passing game. The Eagles (1-2) doubled Fredericktown’s rushing numbers, outgaining the Freddies 264-130 on the ground, but managed only 75 yards in the air. Fredericktown’s defense forced six punts and intercepted a pair of passes. Each team committed 10 penalties apiece.
The Freddies scored first with 6:03 to play in the first quarter, as C.J. Ruhl ran in from 6 yards out for a 7-0 lead. Austin Hoeflich scored the first of his two touchdowns with 1:34 to play in the period on a 5-yard run, which left Fredericktown up 14-0. The score would remain for the rest of the half.
In the second half, the Freddie broke out their big-play passing offense, and with 7:31 to go in the third quarter Tyler Hathaway caught a 34-yard halfback pass from Ruhl to put Fredericktown up 21-0. Hoeflich hauled in a 16-yard pass from Thomas Hinkle with 1:18 remaining in the quarter to give the Freddies a 28-0 lead.
Colonel Crawford finally broke through with 11:22 left in the game on Nathaniel Sherman’s 3-yard run, but Fredericktown got the points back just 17 seconds later on Tony Lybarger’s 80-yard TD reception. Hinkle found Ruhl for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 8:25 to play which put the Freddies on top, 42-7. Brandon Robinison finished things for the Eagles with a 16-yard TD run with less than a minute left.
Hinkle completed 15-of-24 passes for three touchdowns and 360 yards. Lybarger and Ruhl each caught five passes for 141 and 127 yards, respectively. Phillips and Sherman each had 100-yard rushing games for Colonel Crawford.
Fredericktown begins Mid-Buckeye Conference action Friday at 7 p.m., hosting Northridge.