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Fredericktown’s Matt Smith is challenged by Bishop Ready’s Tyler Eggers (57) and Thomas Livingston during the second quarter of Friday’s game.
Fredericktown’s Matt Smith is challenged by Bishop Ready’s Tyler Eggers (57) and Thomas Livingston during the second quarter of Friday’s game. (Photo by Bill Davis)

By Mount Vernon News
September 3, 2011 2:25 am EDT

 

FREDERICKTOWN — The game of football, as we are frequently reminded, is a game of inches.

That was never more true than on Friday, when the Fredericktown Freddies missed a first down conversion by a mere inch with a minute to go, turning the ball over and completing a 17-14 loss to Bishop Ready.

The drive had lasted over 5 1/2 minutes — the Freddies had held the ball for all but four minutes of the entire second half — when they had a fourth-and-two at the Ready 31-yard line. Quarterback Ryan Logan faked a handoff up the middle and bootlegged to the right, diving toward the first-down spot on the sideline. At first, the Freddies bench celebrated, thinking he had the first down. But a measurement proved otherwise.

“We get a first down there, I’m almost 100 percent certain we would have scored,” said Fredericktown head coach Brian Baum. “We had the momentum. They just had a great stop there.”


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