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Cadets take down Yellowjackets, 41-9

WILLIAMSTOWN — Division VI, Region 23 top-ranked Fort Frye knocked Williamstown signal-caller Maxwell Molessa out on the second offensive play and the sixth-ranked Class A Yellowjackets took one on the chin after the Cadets left town with a 41-9 triumph here Friday night.

Fort Frye (8-1) found itself down 2-0 at 5:06 of the first when a bad snap on a punt resulted in a safety.

Prior to that, the Cadets were forced to punt after picking up one first down to start the game.

On the first WHS series, Molessa had an incomplete pass and then rushed for a 2-yard gain to the 50. However, he was tackled in front of the ‘Jacket sideline and as he was going out of bounds was hit again and ended up landing hard on his back. The game was stopped and he was taken out via stretcher.

Although the ‘Jackets had to punt, they then proceeded to get the 2-0 lead.

Colt Hesson entered at QB for the ‘Jackets, who did pick up their initial first down of the game, but once again had to send Isaac Joy out to punt.

The fireworks for the Cadets started next thanks to Maeson Long, who rushed 12 times for 189 yards. The senior broke free for a 56-yard TD run and it was 6-3 after Cam Tennant’s extra point failed.

Long proceeded to intercept Hesson and two plays later Austin Powell broke free in the middle of the field for a 54-yard scoring romp. Long’s two-point run made it 14-2 with 11:00 left in the half.

Williamstown, which plays host to Doddridge County next Friday, got a break when Long muffed a punt and Hesson recovered. The Fort Frye defense held and then quickly made it 21-2 with 3:55 left in the half when Owen Brown scored from 10 yards out. Long set up the score with a 54 yard gallop.

The hosts later faced a fourth-and-4 at the Cadet 24, but Hesson’s pass was batted down by Kaleb Bailey. WHS got the ball right pack when Hesson intercepted Ian Ellis. A personas foul moved the ball to the Cadet 25 and two plays later Hesson hooked up with tight end Kent Wigal for a one-handed 27-yard scoring reception. Joy’s boot made it 21-9 at the break.

Fort Frye added three more rushing touchdowns. Ethan Dusky scored from 10 yards out and Braxton Brown had a 61-yard Pick-6 to make it 35-9 entering the fourth. Ellis, who also was picked off by Allen, accounted for the final six-pointer when he waltzed in untouched for a 14-yard TD run.

Louis Goodnow also had a fumble recovery on a Long muffed punt, but the Cadets held a 348-214 advantage in total yards. WHS rushed 45 times for 150 stripes while FFHS toted 31 times for 327 yards.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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