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Cadets, ’Jackets clash Friday

Photo by Jordan Holland Fort Frye’s Brian Adkins gives a stiff-arm on a carry during a high school football game against Caldwell earlier this season at the Noble County Fairgrounds.

BEVERLY — Williamstown head coach Chris Beck gave a long list of reasons why Fort Frye will present a big challenge for his football team this week.

“They’re the No. 3 team in the state of Ohio for a reason,” said Beck, whose 2-0 Yellowjackets visit the 3-0 Cadets at 7 p.m. Friday. “When you watch the film, they’re very good and very well coached. Offensively, they’re deceptive. They do a lot misdirection. It’s tough to find a weakness. We have to play really well. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play a team as good as Fort Frye. We get to kind of see where we stand. If we go out and play as hard as we can, I think we’ll have a chance.”

Beck’s ‘Jackets held on to beat Marietta 34-28 in week one before dominating Ravenswood 61-7 last week. Despite being 2-0, Beck feels his team can still get a lot better.

“Our best football is in front of us,” he said. “We’ve progressed well. I’m not going to complain about being 2-0 at all. We’ve positioned ourselves pretty well, but the next two weeks are going to be challenging.”

Williamstown is led offensively by quarterback Brayden Modesitt, running back Trevor Oates and a strong line. Modesitt threw for only 48 yards against the Red Devils, but rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns while Oates added 103 yards on 13 carries, scoring twice as well.

The key for Williamstown will be on defense. Can the Yellowjackets stop a Fort Frye attack which has displayed the ability to run and pass effectively?

“We’re going to have to limit big plays,” Beck said. “Their offense is very explosive, and a big reason they’re explosive is their misdirection creates big plays. We have to play great on special teams. We have to win the turnover battle. That’s another point of emphasis. And we have to compete up front. They’ve got to show up Friday night and hopefully control the line of scrimmage.”

The Cadets have a plethora of weapons at their disposal, starting with junior quarterback Ian Ellis. Ellis was nearly perfect in last week’s 26-0 win over Caldwell, completing 12 of 13 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown to Nic Hart. Caldwell prevented Fort Frye from reeling off many big runs, but the Cadets still accumulated 162 yards on 35 carries, including touchdowns by Owen Brown, Brian Adkins and Collin Welsh.

On defense, Fort Frye has one of hardest hitters around in linebacker Dylan Hart, and a pass rush that features All-Ohioans Braden Medley and Thomas Lenhart. The Cadets’ secondary picked off two passes last week, one each by Nic Hart and Jaymison Baker

“We’ve definitely got to keep getting better,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to the goals we have in mind. Williamstown is a very good team. We’ve got to get a lot better from (last) Friday to (this) Friday.”

Contact Jordan Holland at jholland@newsandsentinel.com.

Jordan Holland can be reached at jholland@mariettatimes.com.

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