FREDERICKTOWN - Brad Couts is used to running the ball, not catching the ball, but the junior running back for the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team was able to do a little of both Friday in a 28-14 win over host Fredericktown.

Couts took off over the middle late in the third quarter and looked back for a pass from quarterback Jay Orders. He saw the ball coming, but he also saw defender Thomas Hinkle in the way. Both went up for the ball, but Couts wrestled the ball away from Hinkle at the Fredericktown 35-yard line and ran to the end zone to put the Johnnies up by two touchdowns with 48.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"I'm not used to that," Couts said. "I wasn't the primary receiver on the play, heck, I probably wasn't even the third, but I turned around and saw the ball coming and thought, 'Oh my God, I have got to catch that."

The Freddies drove on their next possession, but Colton Rosshirt intercepted a pass by Hinkle at the Johnstown 35 and Fredericktown never posed another threat.

Johnstown improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the MBC and the Freddies fell to 5-1 and 2-1. The Johnnies won the league last season at 7-0 and handed Fredericktown its only league loss.

The Freddies scored on their opening drive, going 66 yards on eight plays and ending when Hinkle hit Tony Lybarger with a 12-yard pass with 8:16 remaining in the first quarter.

"We came out a little tight and I told the kids to just go out, relax and have fun," Johnstown coach Mike Carter said. "This is a game with a great crowd and a great atmosphere. This is the reason they play high school football, so they just needed to relax and do what we work on in practice."

Johnstown answered with two touchdowns in the first quarter, one a 1-yard run by Will Carter and the second an 11-yard run by Orders.

The Johnnies held Fredericktown in check, but after the score by Orders, Tyler Hathaway returned the kickoff 55 yards to the Johnstown 10. But on the first play of the drive, the ball sailed over Hinkle's head on a shotgun snap and Kurt Sammons recovered the fumble for Johnstown.

"I saw the ball take off over his head and I just knew I had to get there," said Sammons, who also had two sacks. "They had that big kickoff return and they were starting to get momentum and we were able to take it back."

After the opening drive, the Freddies had just two yards of offense in the first half and one first down, that coming on a penalty.

The Johnnies had 19 first downs and 285 yards rushing as part of 391 total yards. Couts finished with 61 yards rushing on 13 carries and Scott Robinson had 83 yards in 11 carries with a 3-yard touchdown. Will Carter added 44 yards in 14 carries and Orders had 75 yards in 13 carries.

Orders was 6-for-10 passing for 106 yards with Brent Bohning having two catches for 15 yards and Jake Hollis having two receptions for 11.

The Freddies had 10 yards in 16 carries, led by Brennan Goeppinger with 11 yards in four carries. Hinkle had 10 carries for (minus)-1 yard and had a 1-yard touchdown run.

JOHNSTOWN 14 0 14 0 - 28
FREDERICKTOWN 7 0 7 0 - 14
F-Lybarger 12 pass from Hinkle (Gregg kick)
J-Carter 1 run (kick failed)
J-Orders 11 run (Carter run)
J-Robinson 3 run (Benton kick)
F-Hinkle 1 run (Smith kick)
J-Couts 69 pass from Orders (Benton kick)