FREDERICKTOWN – Four Freddie senior captains made sure their final homecoming game was a winner.
The quartet, two of whom were also homecoming court escorts, led an offense that pulled away in the fourth and gave Fredericktown the 43-22 KMAC League win over Mt. Gilead on Friday night.
Teegan Ruhl, Kaid Carpenter and Ben Mast accounted for all of the touchdowns in the second half and Mason Hoeflich chewed up significant yardage as Fredericktown blew the game open late in the third quarter.
“This is really important, we all knew, the seniors, that this was our last homecoming game and we’re gonna remember this game forever,” Carpenter said after the win. “We needed to come out and play as hard as we can, with as much heart, and we came out with the win.”
The Freddies (3-2, 1-1) started the third quarter up 21-14 until the Indians (3-2, 1-1) held the ball for most of the stanza, finally scoring on a two-yard run with 3:54 left and taking a 22-21 lead.
Ruhl and Hoeflich then took charge – chewing up yards on the ground – and after a Mt. Gilead penalty, Mast connected with Carpenter on a 10-yard touchdown pass (video here). Ruhl added the two-point conversion and gave the home team the 29-22 lead at the end of the third.
The Freddies held the Indians on a three-and-out to open the fourth quarter, then after a Carpenter punt return, Ruhl took the handoff on a 3rd-and-4 and scampered 40 yards for another touchdown.
“It felt really good, the line, they really came out and gave it their all,” said Ruhl, who finished with 195 yards on the ground. “They just came out here and did their job.”
The final insurance touchdown came with 1:40 left after Carpenter took the handoff and ran 86 yards but ran out of gas at the Indians 1-yard-line. Mast then punched it in on the quarterback sneak two plays later which ended the scoring.
Ruhl finished with 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Carpenter ran for 138 and also had two scores and Mast threw for two (one to Carpenter and one to Xavier Mullins) and ran for one.
Fredericktown host Northmor in its next game and the Indians travel to Howard to face the East Knox Bulldogs.