FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies ended their 2012 football season on a sour note, dropping a close contest to the playoff-bound Loudonville Redbirds, 21-14, at home on Friday.
The steady rain and cold temperatures did little to stifle the Redbirds’ ground attack. Loudonville gained 412 yards rushing on 63 carries, chewing up yards and the clock. Missed tackles became the norm for the Freddies’ defense.
Fredericktown’s Tyler Ruhl had the play that kept his team alive in the fourth quarter. Trailing by eight, Ruhl scooped up a fumble off a dropped Loudonville pitch and took it 60 yards the other way for the score. Quarterback Austin Hathaway threw to Sam Armstrong for the game-tying two-point conversion with 7:48 to play.
The Redbirds (8-2, 5-2 Mid-Buckeye Conference) responded with a five-play, 61-yard drive for the winning score. Ryan Weber and Kolton Edmondson took every carry in the drive, with Edmondson taking it the final seven yards.
“They responded the way a playoff team needs to respond,” said Fredericktown head coach Brian Baum. “They knew what was on the line for them. They made plays there. We have to stop (Weber). He’s a load, we knew that going in. He was able to get yardage after contact.”
Weber ended the night with 200 yards on 32 carries. Edmondson had 167 yards on 20 carries, including two touchdowns.
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