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FC Falls At Freeman

Fillmore Central traveled to Adams to compete against 4-0 Freeman on Friday night.  A very hot and breezy evening was filled with big plays by both teams.  The first quarter was a back-and- forth battle in which Freeman put up the first points of the game with a 27-yard pass.  Freeman drove the ball down to Fillmore Central’s 15 yard line only to be driven back several times bringing up a third down and 16 yards to go before giving up the passing score.
The 1-3 Panthers proceeded to take the next possession and put together an 11-play drive that ended with a Kole Karcher field goal attempt hitting the cross bar and bouncing back into the field of play.  Freeman then took the next possession and drove the ball 78 yards on 15 plays to go ahead 14-0.  After two fumbled plays and a punt by the FC offense, Freeman immediately went to the air with a 64-yard strike to put themselves up by three scores.
FC then countered with a 14-play drive of 72 yards capped off by a Jake Stoner touchdown run (Karcher PAT).  Stoner rushed for 170 yards on 20 carries in the contest.  Just before half, the FC defense had another coverage break down and gave up a pass of 22 yards to see Freeman up 28-7 at the break.
FC started the second half by mounting a 20-play drive of 74 yards to make the score 28-14.  An inspired Panther’s defense held Freeman scoreless in the third quarter.  A sack by Riley Moses on a fourth and one gave the ball back to the FC offense.  Jake Stoner took advantage of the momentum swing by taking the first FC offensive play of the fourth quarter 67 yards for a rushing TD (Karcher PAT miss).  Freeman immediately looked to their ground game to put the game out of reach.  Freeman had runs of 24, 49, 30 yards totaling 175 yards on the ground in the fourth quarter and three more scores.  The final score was 49-20.
"We simply ran out of gas...we lost several players to injury, had to make multiple changes on defense and offense, and spent all our energy trying to score to get back in the game," FC head coach Mitch Lockhart said.  “We were in position to make tackles and plays in the backfield but Freeman’s speed, bad pursuit angles, fatigue, and several broken tackles allowed them to get free and put the score out of reach.”
Newcomer Isiah Stucky rushed 19 times for 70 yards for FC and Parker Trowbridge toted the rock nine time for 51 yards.  FC rushed for 311 yards in the loss.
The Freeman defense grounded the Panther passing game, with Karcher going 1-for-5 for nine yards.  Karcher paced the defense with 14 tackles.  Koby Head had seven stops and Josh Hanson and Stoner both had six.
“I was extremely proud of the team and the effort they gave, we knew we would have trouble keeping up with their speed and size but our kids played with heart and at times executed the game plan effectively," Lockhart said.
This Friday September 22, 3 undefeated C-2 No. 1 state-rated Centennial comes to town for Homecoming.
Team Player of the Week: #44 Koby Head
Offensive Player of the Game: #23 Jake Stoner
Defensive Player of the Game: #2 Kole Karcher
Scout Team Player of the Week: #5 Carson Tatro
Linemen of the Game: Whole Offensive Line for 311 yards rushing
#53 Travien Motis, #75 Eli Rose, #50 Jordan Adams, #51 Riley Moses, #56 Kalon Cooper