One year later, the embarrassment was gone for the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team.
Ross Franklin rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the host Johnnies past Fredericktown 41-7 in an MBC game Friday, Sept. 30.
The victory helped erase the memories of a 31-7 rout by the Freddies last season. It also placed Johnstown coach Mike Carter in a tie atop the program’s list for coaching victories with 71.
“That loss last year stuck with us throughout the offseason,” said Franklin, who has rushed for 1,458 yards and 21 touchdowns on 163 carries this season. “We thought about it in the weight room and all during preseason workouts. We really wanted to come out and take control.”
Johnstown is 6-0 overall for the first time since 2002, which was Carter’s first season with the program. The 10th-year coach is 71-31 to tie the victory record of Tim Kidwell, who was 71-68-1 as coach from 1974-87.
“It’s all about the kids that I’ve coached, the great assistants I’ve had and the great support from the parents and the community,” said Carter, whose team improved to 3-0 in the MBC. “That’s how a winning program is built. It’s not from one man on the sideline.”
Fredericktown (3-3, 2-1) looked to have the upper hand early when junior running back Matt Smith rushed 48 yards to the Johnstown 18 on the first play from scrimmage. Three plays later, the Freddies scored on an 11-yard run by Cody McGuire, who also kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first quarter.
“We were embarrassed last year and we weren’t going to let that happen again,” Johnstown senior quarterback Matt Smith said. “They had the good run to start, but our defensive line stopped them after that and we had confidence in our offense. We knew we could score.”
After the 48-yard run, Fredericktown’s Matt Smith had 11 yards on nine carries to finish with 59 yards on 10 attempts. Conversely, Johnstown’s Matt Smith ran for 151 yards and two scores on 16 carries and was 3-for-4 passing for 72 yards.
“(After the 48-yard run for the Freddies) we told the defensive line that they had to do a better job at securing their gaps,” Carter said. “They settled down and played good, solid defense.”
Johnstown fullback Adam Carter rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. The Johnnies ran for 411 yards on 56 carries and had 483 total yards.
Fredericktown had 136 yards rushing on 31 carries and 223 yards of total offense. Quarterback Logan Smith was 9-for-17 for 87 yards and three interceptions.
Connor Rehl, Nick Sadinsky and Tyler Thompson had Johnstown’s interceptions.
FREDERICKTOWN 7 0 0 0 -- 7
JOHNSTOWN 14 14 6 7 -- 41
F--McGuire 11 run (McGuire kick)
J--Carter 2 run (Benton kick)
J--Franklin 18 run (Benton kick)
J--Smith 13 run (Benton kick)
J--Smith 48 run (Benton kick)
J--Franklin 10 run (kick failed)
J--Franklin 17 run (Benton kick)