UTICA — The Fredericktown and Utica football teams slugged it out like two heavyweight fighters Friday night. The teams traded haymakers throughout the game before Fredericktown finally landed the knockout blow with 33 seconds left to pull out a 37-27 Mid-Buckeye Conference victory.
“Utica does a great job offensively every year. You’ve got to score points to keep up with them,” said Fredericktown coach Brian Baum. “After last week (a 28-26 last-second loss to East Knox), I was very worried. We had to seal the deal and score up until the end.”
“We’re always close. We just never seem to make the final play to get the win,” said Utica coach Randy Felumlee. “I thought we played well. We really had a chance. We just could not get it done.”
Utica (1-7 overall, 0-5 MBC) responded to several big punches from the Freddies, and had closed the gap to 30-27 with 4:45 left in the game when Travis Baldwin found the end zone on a 4-yard run.
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