Ranked Cadets to host Cougars in Washington County tilt

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times Fort Frye’s Casey Lewis carries the ball against Northridge during a week four matchup in Beverly.

Fort Frye and Frontier each has been streaking in opposite directions on the gridiron this season.

The undefeated Cadets (5-0), who are second-ranked in Ohio D6, Region 23, have won five in a row, while the Cougars (0-5) are winless in the same number of games.

At 7 p.m. Friday, FFHS will be hosting FHS in a Pioneer Valley Conference football game in Beverly.

Last year, Fort beat Front, 39-6, in an emotional contest on the latter’s gridiron. In fact, there was even talk about not playing that game due to the death of Cadet assistant coach Terry Huck, father of head coach Eric Huck.

But the “show” was staged as scheduled.

So far this season, Frontier has been playing with a running clock in the second half in four of its five games.

Four of its opponents have a combined record of 17-2 and could be playoff-bound.

Needless to say, the Cougars’ slate has been brutal — and won’t get much easier down the stretch.

“You know what, we’ve got opportunities ahead of us,” said second-year Frontier boss Johnny Schmidt after the Cougars dropped a 54-14 decision to Waterford (4-1) last Friday night.

“Opportunities. If you’re from Frontier, there is nothing in the whole wide world better than playing Fort Frye, Caldwell, Monroe Central, River and Valley to finish your season. There’s lots and lots of great opportunities for our kids.”

FHS trailed host Waterford, 42-0, at the intermission. The Wildcats did score two touchdowns after the break, but both were primarily against the Wildcat non-starters.

Frontier freshman Joel Lewis ran 37 yards to paydirt in the third quarter, while Toby Minder hauled in a 66-yard scoring throw from frosh QB Lane Snyder in the final period. Freshman kicker Briar West, wearing number 41 instead of 24, booted the extra points.

“54-14, it stinks,” Schmidt said. “I’m never going to accept it ever, ever, but I wouldn’t trade this position with anybody else.

“I love these kids. They’re working every day to try to get better. You can’t fault work ethic. You just go to the drawing board and keep plugging along. That’s what you do.”

Meanwhile, over in Beverly on that same evening, Fort Frye was beating winless Monroe Central, 48-20. Senior running back Casey Lewis led the way, rushing for 271 yards on 15 carries and five TDs. Garrett Lochary and Tyler Bradford each added a short run to paydirt.

Leithon Stewart chipped in with 81 yards on the ground on four totes of the pigskin.

Fort QB Tate Engle completed 5-of-7 tosses for 54 yards.

RB Clay Baker and wideout Brady Carpenter are a couple of other offensive weapons that Frontier will need to keep an eye on.

The Cadets could be a handful for the Cougars’ defense.