Redemption for Cadets vs. Nelsonville-York
BEVERLY — Fort Frye was looking to make Friday night’s non-conference tussle with Nelsonville-York a redemption game as the Cadets looked to gain a measure of revenge after a heart-breaking, overtime loss to the Buckeyes in a regional semifinal back in 2017.
The Cadets got their revenge and then some in what turned into more of a statement game as the Fort jumped out to a 36-0 lead at the end of one quarter and then rolled to a 64-21 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Cadet tailback Brian Adkins rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns while senior split end Brady Schilling hauled in three first quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Ian Ellis to lead the Cadets to victory.
“Our seniors were on the field as sophomores two years ago and this game was something they have been talking about since we got them (Nelsonville-York) on the schedule,” said Cadet head coach Eric Huck. “In our locker room we had ‘redemption’ on the wall and I think they feel like they accomplished that tonight.”
The Cadets wasted little time getting on the board as they scored on their third play of the game when Ellis hooked up with Schilling on a 26-yard touchdown pass less than a minute into the game.
After the Cadet defense stifled the Buckeyes on their opening possession, they struck quickly once again with Adkins scoring on a 4-yard run to increase their lead to 13-0.
Later in the period the combination of Ellis-to-Schilling proved lethal as they connected on scoring plays of 7 and 33 yards as well as a pair of two-point conversions as the Cadets increased their lead to 29-0.
“Those two work very well together and they were down here all summer working,” said Huck of the Ellis-Schilling tandem. “They stay after practice and work and it is paying off for them. They are both very talented players.”
The Cadet defense accounted for their next touchdown when junior Braden Medley intercepted a Mikey Seel pass and rambled 32 yards into the end zone for a pick six.
After gaining negative yardage in the first quarter, Nelsonville-York got untracked offensively in the second as the combination of Seel and Christopher McDonald matched the three passing touchdowns that the Cadets got in the opening 12 minutes to give the Buckeyes some life.
Adkins added a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, one on a 17-yard run and the other on a 19-yard pass from Ellis to enable the Fort the head to the intermission with a 50-21 lead.
After the Buckeyes first drive of the second half stalled in Cadet territory, Adkins set the running clock in motion when he rambled 67-yards for a touchdown with 8:29 to play in the third.
“It was redemption time for two years ago when they beat us in the playoffs and that’s what we all had in our minds,” said Adkins, who did all of his damage on just 11 carries. “Our offensive line did a great job and they definitely won the battle.”
Freshman Ethan Dusky capped the scoring with a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Cadets increased their regular season winning streak to 20 games.
Fort Frye averaged more than10 yards per carry as they eclipsed the 400-yard mark in rushing yards led by Adkins and seniors Tyler Fisher and Zane Wallace who chipped in with 70 and 66 yards respectively.
Ellis completed 4-of-9 pass attempts for 85 yards with every single completion going for a touchdown.
Seel finished the night 11-of-35 for 188 yards and the three scores for the Buckeyes who fell to 2-0 with the loss.
Next up for the Cadets in a short trip across the Muskingum to battle arch-rival Waterford next Friday night.
“It’s Waterford week so it will be an exciting week and they are a very good football team,” said Huck, whose team has not been beaten by the Wildcats since 2007. “The little bit we have seen them they have looked very good so it’s going to be a big game for us.”
Fort Frye 64 , Nelsonville-York 21
NYHS (0-2) 0 21 0 0 — 21
FFHS (2-0) 36 14 7 7 — 6
FF: Brady Schilling 26 pass from Ian Ellis (David Kitts kick) 11:21, 1st
FF: Brian Adkins 4 run (run failed) 9:08, 1st
FF: Schilling 7 pass from Ellis (Schilling from Ellis) 4:08, 1st
FF: Schilling 33 pass from Ellis (Schilling from Ellis) 1:24, 1st
FF: Braden Medley 32 interception return (Kitts kick) :54, 1st
NY: Christopher McDonald 17 pass from Mikey Seel (Alec Taylor kick) 8:43, 2nd
NY: McDonald 24 pass from Seel (Taylor kick) 7:46, 2nd
FF: Adkins 17 run (Kitts kick) 4:44, 2nd
NY: McDonald 61 pass from Seel (Taylor kick) 4:11, 2nd
FF: Adkins 19 pass from Ellis (Kitts kick), 2:03 2nd
FF: Adkins 67 run (Kitts kick) 8:29, 3rd
FF: Ethan Dusky 23 run (Kitts kick) 2:42, 4th
First downs 10 15
Rushes-yards 17-63 39-415
Passing yards 188 85
Total yards 251 500
Passing 11-37-1 4-9-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 8-58 3-30
Punts-average 4-29.8 0-0
Rushing: NY: Mikey Seel 8-38, Brandon Phillips 3-16 ; FF: Brian Adkins 11-176, Tyler Fisher 10-70, Zane Wallace 3-66, Collin Welsh 4-35, Ethan Dusky 2-30, Braxton Brown 4-25, Stone Dixon 2-5, Elijah Johnson 2-5, Ian Ellis 1-3. ; Passing: NY: Seel 11-35-1,188yds. ; FF: Ellis 4-7-0, 85yds ; Receiving: NY: McDonald 4-107, Ethan Gail 3-45 ; FF: Schilling 5-66, Adkins 1-19.
Next games: Waterford at Fort Frye, 7 p.m.