BEVERLY - In what was the story of two Langs and an Alsbach, the Fort Frye Cadets rolled to a 45-20 victory over the Belpre Golden Eagles Friday night in a non-conference tussle at Fort Frye High School.
Cadet quarterback Chandler Lang passed for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for another 116 yards and two more scores while his brother Spencer accumulated 97 yards on the ground and 89 more through the air for three total touchdowns.
Not to let the Lang brothers completely steal the show, Alsbach ran for a team-leading 134 yards and also reached the end zone twice.
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Fort Frye’s Max Alsbach stiff arms Belpre’s Daniel Law during prep football action in Beverly Friday night.
"We've been working hard with Spencer (Lang) and Max (Alsbach) with running harder and breaking tackles," said Cadet head coach Eric Huck. "When they get out in the open they are hard to catch."
Fort Frye rolled up an impressive 476 total yards on the evening but spent the majority of the first quarter and a half trying to break free from the pesky Eagles.
A beautiful 28-yard strike from Chandler to Spencer put the Fort on the board first with just under seven minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Fort Frye 45 Belpre 20
Belpre 0 7 0 13 - 20
Fort Frye 7 26 12 0 - 45
FF: Chandler Lang 28 yd pass to Spencer Lang (C.Lang kick) 6:59
FF: S. Lang 9 yd run (C.Lang kick) 10:46
B: Manny Tullius 65 yard interception return (Adrienne Blair kick) 7:15
FF: C. Lang 38 yd run (kick no good) 6:07
FF: C.Lang 44 yd run (2 pt. attempt failed) 2:17
FF: C. Lang 56 yd pass to S. Lang (Max Alsbach kick) :09
FF: Alsbach 5 yd run (kick blocked) 9:07
FF: Alsbach 65 yd run (kick no good) 1:14
B: Tullius 64 yd run (kick no good) 7:21
B: Tavian Miller 3 yd run (Jaime Barrett) 4:05
Belpre: First downs: 11, Rushes-yards: 39-204, Passing Yards: 81, Total yards: 285, Penalties-Yards: 7-60, Punts-Avg.: 7-31.3, Fumbles-Lost: 2-1, Turnovers: 1.
Fort Frye: First Downs: 11, Rushes-Yards: 34-372, Passing Yards: 104, Total Yards: 476, Penalties-Yards: 9-70, Punts-Avg.: 3-37.0, Fumbles-Lost: 2-1, Turnovers: 2.
Belpre: Rushing: Tullius: 15-128, TD, T. Miller: 20-58, TD, Tyler Martin: 3-18, Daniel Law: 1-0. Passing: T. Miller: 5-18, 81. Receiving: Nate Teeters: 3-63, Cody Martin: 1-10, T. Martin: 1-8.
Fort Frye: Rushing: Alsbach: 9-134, 2TD, C. Lang: 5-116, 2TD, S. Lang: 10-97, TD, Justin Massey: 2-10, Levi Baker: 4-11, Luke Yate: 3-3, Terren Huck: 1-1. Passing: C. Lang: 5-9, 104, 2TD, INT, T. Huck: 1-1, 0yds. Receiving: S. Lang: 3-89, 2TD, Massey: 1-9, Colten Shuster: 1-6, Yates: 1-0.
"Usually Spencer is going to outrun most defenders," said Chandler Lang of the opening score. "The safety was shading the other way and he just got open."
Spencer struck pay dirt once again early in the second, this time on a nine-yard gallop and the Cadets had the early 14-0 lead.
After the Cadet defense stopped Belpre on it's next possession, they marched quickly into Golden Eagle territory looking to put things out of reach early.
That would all change quickly on one play as Chandler Lang's pass attempt sailed over his receivers hands directly into those of Belpre defensive back Manny Tullius.
The sophomore took the interception 65-yards for a pick-six to cut the Fort Frye lead to 14-7.
It would take the red, white and blue only a little over a minute to get that score back as they marched 53 yards on just three plays with Chandler breaking free for the score from 38 yards out.
That quick drive seemed to let the air out of Belpre's balloon and the Cadet's found the end zone twice more before intermission, one on another Chandler Lang 44-yard jaunt and a 56-yard touchdown pass from Chandler to Spencer with less than 10 seconds remaining on the clock made it 33-7 at the half.
Spencer was quick to compliment the guys up front blocking for the trio of Cadets.
"They were opening up great holes all night," said the senior running back. "They executed and did their jobs and we just ran hard."
Alsbach made it a 39-7 game with a five- yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and was at again late in the same quarter, this time busting free for a long 65-yard scoring run.
"The line blocked great, there was a huge hole," said Alsbach of his second score. "I barely got touched and it was just a straight sprint from there."
The young Eagles, who feature some 14 freshman and sophomores on their roster showed plenty of grit in the final period and it would be a pair of those youngsters who found the end zone.
Tullius found the end zone for the second time of the night with seven minutes left to go on a 64-yard touchdown run and freshman quarterback Tavian Miller capped the scoring with his first high school score from five yards out.
"We're expecting these young kids to be leaders and thats a hard job," said Belpre head coach Greg Adams, in his third year as Belpre head coach. "The more games we play and the more times they get those reps under them the better we're going to be."
Tullius ended up with 128 yards in the game on 15 carriers, while Miller added 58 rushing yards and also completed 5-of-18 pass attempts for 81 yards.
Huck was quite impressed with the young talent that Belpre put on the field. "They took one on the chin tonight, but they've got some young athletes and there future is very bright," said the Cadet head coach.
As dominating as the Cadet's offensive performance was, there defense was equally impressive as they tackled Belpre some seven times behind the line of scrimmage.
Adams summed up the night pretty well for the Eagles.
"We knew that if we could stop the turnovers, stop the penalties, and stop the Lang boys, we would have a shot at the game," said Adams. "We didn't do a very good job at any of those three phases."
The win evened the Cadet record at 1-1 heading into next week's rivalry match up at Beverly versus Waterford, while the 0-2 Eagles will return home to host Southern.