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After first loss and having Homecoming game canceled, Fort Frye hungry to play

Photo courtesy of Missy Huck Fort Frye defenders gang tackle a Warren ball-carrier during a high school football game earlier this season in Beverly.

BEVERLY –Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck won’t guarantee his Cadets claim a win over Logan at 7 p.m. Friday night. But, he’s freely offering confirmation his team hungers to start a new winning streak.

“It was hard for them not playing last Friday. They (the boys) were definitely wanting to have their homecoming game coming out of a loss. They are certainly ready to play some football,” he said.

That makes sense.

When the Cadets were last on the field, they dropped a 30-23 decision to Lima Central Catholic. They trailed by eight at halftime, but Ian Ellis ran in for an 18-yard touchdown then hit Cameron Tennant for the two-point conversion to tie the game right out of the locker room.

Yet, the Thunderbirds took the lead back with a kickoff return and never looked back. The Cadets held advantages in total yards (315-256) and time of possession (25:55-19:48). Maeson Long carried 18 times for 177 yards and a touchdown. Owen Brown netted 43 yards on six rushes. Ellis was 5 for 6 passing for 53 yards, with Zaiden Huck hauling in a 37-yard reception for the biggest pass play of the night.

The loss snapped the Cadets’ 39-game winning streak. And it was the first regular-season setback the senior class experienced during their time at the school. Still, the stats and performance were strong from his players.

It’s been two weeks since that game, though, as the Caldwell-Fort Frye contest was called off. So, its understandable that a little unease and eagerness is growing among the team’s ranks. All Fort Frye’s done in the regular season is win, and win handily.

Huck hopes to see those players have big games and they factor into a win against the Chieftains. But he also wants to get back to spreading the ball around the field and causing chaos. “That is what you work for. You are looking for those opportunities to let your players make plays, and we have a lot of confidence in our skills players to do that,” Huck said.

It would certainly help.

Logan’s defense “is very strong and they do a really good job at disguising stunts, they do it a lot. One linebacker may stunt and looks like he is coming on the blitz only for another linebacker to actually come upon the snap. We have to make sure we pick things up. They send a linebacker not quite on every play but pretty often,” according to Huck.

Adding to the challenging situation is Logan’s offensive approach. They run the Wing-T just like Fort Frye. “It is kind of interesting, we don’t see the Wing T very often then what are scout teams run it. We can simulate each other well in practice because we do it. We run similar concepts, we just have to stick with what they give up. Teams have an idea what we are able to do.”

Logan comes into the game sitting at 2-5. Former Parkersburg South head coach Mike Eddy’s team scored a 17-10 win over Meigs. The Chieftains put together a sustained offensive effort, and will need another one if they hope to leave Cadet Field with a win.

Fort Frye averages 33 points per game.

Yet, they will have the Cadets full attention. “We have a lot of respect for them, they have some really good players and they are a big school. We are not taking that challenge lightly,” Huck said.

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