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Fort Frye set to visit Caldwell, seeks 3-0 start

Photo by Jordan Holland Fort Frye’s Owen Brown (2) carries the ball as Warren’s Dylan Keife (60) and J.T. Rice (52) pursue during a high school football game last week in Vincent. Fort Frye won, 27-20.

CALDWELL — Fort Frye passed a big early season test last week, defeating Division IV Warren 27-20.

The Cadets (2-0) were susceptible to the Warriors’ passing attack in the first half, allowing three long touchdowns, but cleaned it up at halftime and allowed zero second half points.

Now, the Cadets will look to improve to 3-0 at 7 p.m. Friday when they visit the Noble County Fairgrounds to take on a tough Caldwell squad.

“I think we tried to over -coach our guys a little bit in the first half and Coach (Chad) Ross did a really good job of adjusting the defense in the second half,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck after the win. “Our defense stepped up big and did what we needed to do.

“Our guys were confident at halftime we knew we just needed to fix some mistakes and we would be alright.”

Offensively, Fort Frye’s running attack was dominant in week two, led by Owen Brown’s 133 yards on 16 carries. Brian Adkins added 88 yards on 17 rushes while Maeson Long tacked on 64 yards and 12 totes.

Ian Ellis only threw eight times, completing six for 61 yards, but has proven he’s capable of having big games through the air.

The biggest key for the Cadets was ball control. Their time of possession was 31:49 compared to Warren’s 16:11. They’ll look to follow that strategy against Caldwell this week.

CHS (1-1) has run the ball well this season, led by quarterback Braxton Dudley, who carried 24 times for 72 yards in a 14-6 loss to rival Shenandoah last week. He also competed 8 of 14 passes for 68 yards. Caden Moore is another threat on the ground for Caldwell, but was limited to 14 yards on nine carries against the Zeps. They struggled to move the ball, accumulating 154 total yards of offense, and it doesn’t get any easier this week.

“We struggled on offense tonight,” said Caldwell head coach Grant Gaydos after the game. “We had a lot of negative plays and made some bad decisions. They were set up to shut down both Moore and Dudley so we chose to keep the ball in Braxton’s hands and let Caden block for him.”

Fort Frye now has won 28 consecutive regular season games. In the series against Caldwell, the Cadets have won five straight contests dating back to 2015. Caldwell’s last win in the series was a 24-8 triumph in 2014.

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