BEVERLY - When a football team produces 475 total yards of offense, doesn't turn the ball over and doesn't punt, it usually leads to a victory, and a big one at that.
That is exactly what happened for Fort Frye Friday night, as the Cadets defeated Waterford 63-13 in Beverly.
"Our kids were really ready to play this week," said Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck. "We have good senior leadership. They were prepared, and we capitalized on mistakes. I'm real proud of the way our kids played."
PAM BROOKER Special to The Times
Fort Frye quarterback Chandler Lang holds on to the football as he’s gang-tackled by Waterford’s defense during prep football action in Beverly Friday night. Fort Frye won 63-13.
Fort Frye had 263 yards on the ground, 106 coming from Spencer Lang and 83 coming from Max Alsbach. Quarterback Chandler Lang had 55 rushing yards, and was a scoring machine. Chandler reached the endzone four times via the run, and also had two passing touchdowns. Justin Massey, who had 89 yards on three catches, had one of the receiving touchdowns, while Spencer Lang took his only catch of the night 71 yards for a score.
The Cadets were also stingy defensively, forcing two turnovers and not allowing any points in the final two-and-a-half quarters.
"We went 100 percent every play," said senior offensive and defensive lineman Dylan Bowman. "We knew we had to step up. This was our rivals. They came fired up, and we knew we had to come fired up. On offense, we were able to make holes for the running backs."
Fort Frye 63, Waterford 13
W- 7 6 0 0 - 13
FF- 14 35 14 0 - 63
FF- C. Lang 3 run (C. Lang kick) 5:12
W- H. Munjas 46 run (B. Moore kick) 2:59
FF- S. Lang 14 run (C. Lang kick) 2:34
FF- C. Lang 20 run (C. Lang kick) 9:37
W- D. Brown 6 run (kick failed) 7:38
FF- C. Lang 10 run (C. Lang kick) 7:02
FF- C. Lang 14 run (C. Lang kick) 2:33
FF- S. Lang 71 pass from C. Lang (C. Lang kick) 0:42
FF- J. Massey 37 pass from C. Lang (C. Lang kick) 0:22
FF- S. Lang 40 run (Alsbach kick) 8:41
FF- Alsbach 15 interception (Alsbach kick) 7:18
Rushing: Fort Frye- 38-263 (S. Lang 4-106-2td; Alsbach 12-83; C. Lang 9-55-4td; L. Yates 6-11; T. Rice 3-120 Waterford- 38-204 (A. Lang 12-64; H. Munjas 4-60-td; D. Brown 9-34-td; McCutcheon 6-29; Moore 6-12; Porter 1-5)
Passing: Fort Frye- (C. Lang 6-7-212-2td) Waterford- (Moore 2-8-18)
Receiving: Fort Frye- (Massey 3-89-td; S. Lang 1-71-td; C. Shuster 1-40; T. Shilling 1-12) Waterford- (Porter 2-18)
First downs: Fort Frye 13, Waterford 9
Fumbles/lost: Fort Frye (none), Waterford 2-1
Penalties/yards: Fort Frye 7/70, Waterford 6/55
The scoring began with a three yard run by Chandler Lang on Fort Frye's first possession of the game. Waterford answered quickly with a 45 yard run by Hunter Munjas for paydirt. A 7-7 tie quickly became a 21-7 Cadet lead thanks to the Lang brothers after 14 yard run by Spencer and a 20 yard run by Chandler for scores. Waterford made it a one possession game on its next drive, which was set up by an Austin Shriver kick return to the Fort Frye 27 yard line. Derek Brown scored from six yards out, and after the PAT was missed, the score was 21-13.
From there, it was all Fort Frye. Chandler Lang had scoring runs of 10 and 14 yards, as well as his two touchdown passes, all within a seven minute span before the half, to put the Cadets up 49-13 at the break.
"Really, and the stats show it, the line blocked well, opened up holes, and I broke a couple tackles," Chandler said. "It's big. We've struggled sometimes, when (the opponents) score, we get down and can't bounce back. We bounced back twice tonight, and were able to drive down and score. I think that's big for our confidence."
In the second half, Spencer Lang picked up his third touchdown of the day, this one a 40 yard run, to make the score 56-13.
On Waterford's next possession, Alsbach picked off a screen pass and took it the distance 42 yards for paydirt. Alsbach then kicked the extra point to put the Cadets up 63-13, which, after a scoreless fourth quarter, would be the final.
"I've probably pushed this team harder than any team I've coached," Huck said.
"So for them to come out and play like that and see all that hard work pay off, it's great."
Fort Frye, now 2-1, is on the road next week when it plays Madonna for the first time in school history. Waterford drops to 1-2 and will play its home opener next Friday against Eastern.