Trojans knock Hornets out of football playoffs
BARNESVILLE - Frazee could only keep Barnesville/Rothsay at bay for so long before the Hornets' Achilles' heel exposed itself in a 48-18 loss in the 8AA quarterfinals Tuesday night.
For the first two series, Frazee held the Trojans to three-and-outs. On offense, though, the Hornets couldn't do any better.
By the time the third series rolled around for Barnesville/Rothsay, it found a chink in Frazee's armor - its run defense.
The first hint came when Zach Buth caught an 18-yard pass from Spencer Cook to take the ball to the Hornets' 33-yard line.
Adam Rice's turn came next when he broke to the right and through a few Frazee defenders on the way to touchdown.
"We stuck in there with them for a little while, but we never were healthy as a team," said Frazee coach Jim Rader. "We lacked depth and it shows in a tough contest like this.
"They basically wore us down by the end of the first quarter."
That physical dominance showed the rest of the time that the Trojans' starters were in.
Another three-and-out for Frazee on offense set up a six-play scoring drive for the Trojans.
From 10 yards out, Zach Hochhalter's run up the middle put Barnesville/Rothsay up by two touchdowns.
On the ensuing drive, Frazee's offense stayed on the field for six plays before punting.
A few plays into the drive, Bryce Schmaltz took a handoff and swooped around the left side of the field en route to a 55-yard TD run.
Barnesville/Rothsay didn't step off the gas as it recovered the kickoff after its score.
Rice scored his second with a 31-yard jaunt that put the Trojans up 27-0.
Trickery led Frazee to score it lone touchdown in the first half.
Nick Brower faked a punt and stumbled while deciding where to go. He found his footing, made his way to the left sideline and outran the Trojans' defense for a 57-yard touchdown.
However, B/R scored a minute later as Cook scored on a 5-yard run that gave the Trojans a 35-6 halftime lead.
Jacob Bashor set it up with a 37-yard run, but he ran out of gas at the end.
Barnesville/Rothsay went on to score two more times in the third quarter as Schmaltz ran in his second touchdown of the night and offensice lineman Corey Praska ran one in as well.
Schmaltz ended with 98 yards, but didn't lead the team. That honor went to Adam Rice, who ran for 111 yards on eight carries.
After losing to Barnesville/Rothsay 46-21 in the second game of the season, Rader said that the Trojans didn't surprise his squad.
"They didn't do anything different than what we expected," Rader said. "They ran the exact same plays that Andy McCarty (Trojans assistant) has been running for 40 years basically and we knew what they were. They just performed it."
Late in the fourth Nathan Bellefuille dove and caught an 18-yard pass in the end zone from Dylan Stender.
Stender ran in the final touchdown at the goal line as time expired.
Frazee at Barnesville/Rothsay, Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Hornets 0 6 0 12 - 18
Trojans 6 29 13 0 - 48
B/R: Adam Rice 33-yard run (kick failed). 2:02, 1st.
B/R: Zach Hochhalter 10-yard run (Spencer Cook run). 9:22, 2nd.
B/R: Bryce Schmaltz 55-yard run (Schmaltz kick). 4:50, 2nd.
B/R: Rice 31-yard run (pass failed). 4:33, 2nd.
F: Nick Brower 57-yard run (kick failed). 2:03, 2nd.
B/R: Cook 2-yard run (Jacob Bashor run). :59, 2nd.
B/R: Schmaltz 9-yard run (Cook kick). 7:07, 3rd.
B/R: Corey Praska 9-yard run (kick failed). :03, 3rd.
F: Jacob Bellefuille 18-yard catch (pass failed). 8:35, 4th.
F: Dylan Stender 2-yard run (out of time). :10, 4th.