Bellaire — Fort Fly arrived at Nelson Field Saturday morning with the belief that they could run the football against Bellaire.
Their belief turned into fact when the cadets loaded the bus and equipment to return to Beverly.
Utilizing a near-perfectly executed Wing-T, Fort Fly gained 460 yards and scored 6 touchdowns on the ground alone for a 62-26 win. OHSAA Mercy Rule.
“We ran the ball very well. Fort Fly head coach Eric Hack said: “I’m really happy with the offensive line and how the running back is carrying the ball.”
The Cadet’s running attack is multifaceted. Against the Big Reds, senior Austin Powell had his chance to shine. He gained an impressive 222 yards on just six carries and scored three touchdowns. He scored the first two Fort Fly touchdowns of the game on essentially the same play. He took the ball straight up and raced to gain 66 and 86 yards.
“If you were watching the game, you wouldn’t have much to say.” Bellair head coach Mark Bonner said. “They ran the ball hard and well, but we didn’t tackle well. We were diving.”
Bellair was able to put together a great drive to answer Powell’s first touchdown capped by Drew White on a 12-yard run. His PAT for Jake Hetherington tied the game with his seven.
But from there it was all cadets. Fort Fly scored the next 34 points.
The Big Reds were in a fourth-and-goal situation midway through the second quarter when Hetherington rolled out and Owen Brown intercepted his pass two yards deep in the end zone. He soon got him a Pick 6 for 102 yards.
“Our defenses have grown several times” Haku said. “Pick 6 was obviously big. I think the defense had room to grow and struggled to adapt to their speed.”
If Brown wasn’t playing defense, he was doing his part in attack. He complemented Powell’s efforts in the backfield with touchdown runs of 142 and 48 yards, and returned his momentum to Fort Frye after Bellair scored on back-to-back possessions. Brown also caught a 15-yard touchdown.
Cadets, who averaged over 15 yards per rush in the game, threw just four passes.
The Big Reds defense couldn’t hold the Cadets down, but the offense amassed 402 yards of offense. Of them, 308 came from the air.
Hetherington completed 23 of 39 passes for 294 passes and 3 touchdowns. All his scores went to senior standout Ray Pettigrew, who caught four passes for 135 yards. He scored on his 34-, 77-, and 15-yard plays.
The Big Reds have slipped to a 0-2 record this season and will face Canada’s Bishop Tonos again at Nelson Field in Week 3.
“We have a lot of tough games left in our schedule, especially if we play[like on Saturday].” Bonner said. “We will continue working and will be back next week.”
Fort Frye, who also received touchdowns from sophomore Clayton Miller, senior Braxton Brown, sophomore Maddox Huck and six PAT kicks from senior Zyden Huck, scored against Zanesville on Friday. Make your home debut.