Cadets down Africentric
Fort Frye rolls into a regional semifinal after 51-6 victory
BEVERLY, Ohio — The Fort Frye Cadets just keep on rolling.
The Columbus Africentric Nubians became the latest victim of undefeated Fort Frye Saturday night as the Cadets rolled to a 51-12 victory in a Division IV, Region 23 playoff game at Fort Frye High School.
The Cadets scored 22 points in the opening quarter and 22 more in the second as they easily disposed of the Nubians to improve to 8-0 on the season while punching their ticket to a regional semi-final next Saturday night at home against Barnesville.
“Our guys were excited to play this game and we felt like this game would be kind of like a one eight matchup if things were normal,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck. “We were excited to kick things off at home again this week against a very athletic Africentric team and we played very well.”
The Cadets wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as after Africentric won the toss and elected to defer, the Fort marched 55-yards on six plays with junior fullback Collin Welsh plowing into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Fort Frye lead.
The Fort Frye defense forced the Nubians into a three-and-out and senior Brian Adkins fielded a punt a midfield and returned it all the way for a 50-yard touchdown.
Adkins also found the end zone on the two-point conversion as the Cadet lead swelled to 15-0.
“Coach (Matt) Barton and Coach (Kyle) Huck do a great job with our special teams and every week we preach how important special teams are,” said Huck. “Field position is so important and when someone can take it all the way back like Brian (Adkins) did that is even better.”
The Cadets started their next possession all the way down at the Africentric 33-yard line after a 15-yard penalty on the Nubians and scored five plays later when quarterback Ian Ellis scored on a quarterback sneak.
Africentric finally was able to get something going offensively when quarterback Antown Moss and receiver Dan Wagner connected on a 58-yard pass to move the ball to the two-yard line where big Leon Briggs carried it into the end zone to get the Nubians on the score board.
Fort Frye answered quickly and it would be a big pass of their own that proved key in their fourth touchdown of the first half.
Ellis tossed a screen pass to Cadet senior Jaymison Baker who broke free and rambled 50 yards all the way down to the Africentric 2-yard line.
Adkins cashed in on the next play as the Cadets lead increased to 29-6.
The Nubians moved the ball near midfield on their next possession but their decision to go for it on fourth-and-one at their own 45-yard line proved lethal when Cadet defensive lineman Braden Medley stopped Moss for a one-yard loss to give his team the ball in Nubian territory.
A 22-yard pass from Ellis to Maeson Long moved the ball into the red zone where Owen Brown carried it into the endzone on a 10-yard run.
Fort Frye sophomore Zaiden Huck, who was successful on all five of his point after kicks, split the uprights to give the hometeam a 36-6 lead.
Brown scored his second touchdown of the quarter minutes later to send the Cadets to the locker rom with a comfortable 44-6 lead.
With the running clock in motion in the second half the Cadets would add just one more score as senior lineman Thomas Lenhart was rewarded for his stellar work on the line by getting the ball and scoring on a two-yard run.
Earlier in the game Cadet linebacker Dylan Hart also got in on the act when he ran in a two-point conversion.
“That sort of thing usually doesn’t happen in a playoff game,” said Huck. “It was good to give those guys a little bit of a reward and the guys were excited for them on the sidelines.”
The Nubians added a late score when Moss and senior Justin Fudge combined on an 87-yard run and pass for a touchdown.
A little bit of everyone got in on the act for the winners led by Brown with 62 yards on seven carries and Welsh who ran the ball 6 times for 58 markers.
Ellis completed 6-of-7 passes for 91 yards.
The Cadets will be quite familiar with their next opponent as they have played and defeated Barnesville in each of the past four years.
“They are good every year and it is a tough football game everytime we play them,” said Huck. “We know we are going to have our work cut out for us.”
Columbus Africentric ended their season with a 4-2 record.