Belpre falls to Fort Frye

BELPRE – Trailing 21-14 at halftime, visiting Fort Frye scored the first four touchdowns in the second half en route to a 41-28 triumph over Belpre Friday night to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

The Cadets, who made the Ohio playoffs last year, weathered an almost-near disastrous first quarter, losing three fumbles and having a pass intercepted, but was behind only 6-0 after one period of play as the host Golden Eagles scored on just two of the turnovers.

Belpre quarterback Tavian Miller connected with D.J. Leftwich for a seven-yard scoring strike at the 3:57 mark of the opening period and Miller went four yards around left end on the first play of the seoond stanza, then added the two-point conversion on a run for a 14-0 lead.

But Fort Frye regrouped to tally the next two TDs to knot the contest at 14-all. QB Chandler Lang went in on a one-yard sneak, then ran in from 11 yards out to earn the tie with 4:29 left in the first half.

Belpre, though, went up 21-14 at intermission with a late touchdown. After Dijon Bedgood gathered in a 36-yard pass from Miller, a 16-yard scramble by Miller to the 2 set up his ramming over the left side at 1:18 for the touchdown lead at the break.

To start the second half, Fort Frye’s Zach Prichard returned the kickoff 80 yards for a TD to pull his team within 21-20. On his return, Prichard ran to the far side, then broke loose from a gaggle of players and raced down the sideline to score at 11:41.

Then Colten Shuster scored at the 5:37 mark of the third quarter on a highlight-reel run covering 48 yards to give the Caders the lead for keeps at 28-21. Shuster was not to be denied on his run, looking like a ping-pong ball bouncing off and fighting through tacklers throughout most of the play, after which Lang tacked on the two-point conversion run.

In the final 12 minutes, Lang rolled left from the Belpre 3 and tossed a TD pass to Prichard in the end zone on the opening play of the fourth quarter, and Derek Layton went in from a yard out with 6:39 remaining..

However, Belpre, now 1-1, did get another score before time ran out in the game, as Miller banged in from the Fort Frye 9 with just 10.2 seconds left.

In next Friday night’s games, Fort Frye plays at Waterford and Belpre visits Southern, both in 7:30 p.m. tilts.