Fort Frye Cadets continue dominant run into Regional Semifinals< < Back to
BEVERLY, Ohio (WOUB) — In this quarterfinal matchup in the Ohio Division 6 playoff bracket, the Fort Frye Cadets and the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes faced off in a #1 seed versus #8 seed game. The last time these two played each other was in 2019 in the regular season, where the Cadets controlled the majority of the game.
In this game, Fort Frye came in into Cadet Stadium dominate as the team would lead themselves to a 36-6 victory to advance to the semifinals.
The Cadets offense made a huge impact. Running backs Owen Brown and Maeson Long both were heavy contributors on offense as each would score 2 touchdowns, with one of Long’s being a huge 76-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Ian Ellis to start the game.
The offensive line for the Cadets was in force this high scoring game as the majority of drives couldn’t be stopped. Lead by senior lineman Hunter Kesselring and Casey Brooker, the Cadets offensive line is a key component to the final result of this contest.
The Buckeyes came into Cadet Stadium after their 42-9 win against Centerburg very determined to move on to the next round. The problems arose as the Cadets defense was not allowing much scoring due to many stopped drives leading to three and outs. The Buckeyes will break their 8-game win streak ending head coach Rusty Richard’s year 8-4 for the 2021 season.
Coach Eric Huck described how the offense stepped up Saturday night to defeat a tough team in Nelsonville-York. “We got our big guys up front that are able to move people and can lead them off balance” Huck says. “When those linemen are getting their blocks, the skilled guys can get some open holes and run for daylight.”
Another story taking place in Beverly was a return of senior running back Colin Welch. “He has worked very hard to comeback” Coach Huck says. “To see him get in the game and get a few carries is something special. Colin Welch has been on the sidelines since a leg injury in Week 4 against Zanesville but coming back in the playoffs with his teammates after his journey is truly extraordinary.
“Back in Zanesville when I got hurt, it felt like out of surgery I might not be able to play again” Colin says. “But now for me, I’m blessed to be out here again.”
The Fort Frye Cadets will move on to face the Barnesville Shamrocks November 12 at 7 p.m. at a neutral site in what should be exciting matchup as last year Fort Frye blew out Barnesville 34-0. Barnesville will be looking for vengeance after years of being eliminated by the Cadets, while Fort Frye will go into the game looking to repeat and move on to the regional finals.