Playoff football: Fort Frye eliminated by Valley

LUCASVILLE – It didn’t take long for the Valley Indians to establish dominance over Fort Frye Friday night.

Valley rolled for 453 total yards, 329 on the ground, en route to a 52-13 victory over the Cadets in the first round of the Ohio Division VI , Region 21 playoffs. Meanwhile, the Cadets were able to gain just 81 total yards in the first half, falling behind 38-0 at the break.

Indians running backs Nate Arnett, Brice Jordan and Alex Loop combined for 24 carries and 284 yards. By comparison, Fort Frye’s entire offense finished the game with 284 total yards, most of which came in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

Down 52-0, the Cadets had the ball at their own 32-yard line early in the fourth period. A 7-yard run by quarterback Chandler Lang and then a 9-yard pass play from Lang to Colten Shuster gave Fort Frye a first down at their own 47. After a 5-yard run and a 5-yard catch by Shuster moved the chains again, Lang produced back-to-back runs of seven and 11 yards to make it 1st-and-10 at the Valley 25. Two more carries by Lang on the drive netted 22 yards before the senior capped it off with a run up the middle for paydirt. Lang then hit the PAT to give the Cadets seven points.

Fort Frye would force a 3-and-out on Valley’s next drive and followed it with another touchdown, a 1-yard sneak by Terren Huck, to make it 52-13. The touchdown was set up by a 35-yard pass play from Lang to Huck.

Lang finished the game 15-of-27 passing for 163 yards and also ran for 70 yards on 15 carries. Shuster was Lang’s top target with 68 yards on eight receptions. Brady Carpenter added three catches for 45 yards.

Lucasville wasted no time putting points on the board. It took the Indians exactly 50 seconds and three offensive plays to find the end-zone. Beginning at the Valley 45, Arnett went up the middle for nine yards on the first play from scrimmage. After an off-sides penalty on Fort Frye, Valley QB Brian Rolfe connected with Ethan Clark for a 27-yard gain to the Fort Frye 18. Jordan powered his way through the Cadets defense on the next play for the final 18 yards. Bryce Romanello kicked the point-after to make it 7-0.

“We started off a little slow on defense,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck. “I thought we didn’t tackle well. Let them drive right down the field.

It appeared the Cadets were on their way to tying things up on their first possession. “We responded. We came right down the field, but couldn’t finish the drive.”

Lang returned the kickoff 45 yards to the Valley 45. Later, a 7-yard run by Lang and a 14-yard pass play from Lang to Shuster gave Fort Frye 1st-and-10 at the 20. Two plays later on 3rd-and-10, Lang carried it for eight yards to set up 4th-and-2. The Cadets again elected to keep the ball Lang’s hands, but this time the Valley defense was ready, stuffing it for no gain and taking over on downs.

The Indians again had no trouble moving the ball, as a 22-yard run by Arnett, and 16-yard run by Jordan and a facemask penalty on the Cadets set up Rolfe’s 8-yard TD pass to Clark. Romanello’s kick made it 14-0.

Fort Frye went 3-and-out on its next drive, and Valley once again responded with a touchdown drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Arnett, to make it 21-0 and put Fort Frye in a tough hole to climb out of.

Valley would produce 17 points on its next three drives to end the first half, and then added 14 more points on its first two drives of the second half to make it 52-0.

“They’re a very good football team,” Huck said. “They made a lot of plays.”

Fort Frye ended the season at 8-3 overall. The Cadets will look to extend a school record by making the playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2014.

“It’s too bad it had to end this way, but these kids have put in a lot of work,” Huck said. “They accomplished something that has not been done before (at Fort Frye). We just to want keep building on it.”