Fredonia Defense Shuts Down Cherryvale

CHERRYVALE – In a battle between district and league opponents, it was the Fredonia Yellowjackets (4-1, 2-0) defense that was the difference in keeping the ballgame Friday night against Cherryvale (2-3, 0-2) to a one score affair.

” I thought Fredonia defense did a good job taking our weapons away.  Our kids played hard just need to clean some things up” said Cherryvale head coach Harry Hester.

The Yellowjackets defense recorded 4 turnovers, 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles lost. They were able to hold the versatile Charger offense to only 159 total yards of offense. Cherryvale’s Cade Addis was 3-10 with 38 yards passing and 2 interceptions. He also had 7 rushing attempts for -11 yards. Workhorse Garrett Novotny recorded 17 touches for 91 yards on the ground.  Cherryvale was 2/11 on third down conversions on the night. They were able to convert on 4 of the 8 4th down attempts.

“Turnovers and penalties hurt us tonight. We had opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on.” Hester said.

The lone score came in the 2nd quarter when the Yellowjackets were driving deep in Cherryvale and busted a 5 yard run.

Fredonia’s offense ran 56 plays compared to Cherryvales 47. 52 of the 56 plays for the Yellowjackets were rushing attempts for 184 yards averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Cherryvale still favored the rush to the pass, 36 to 11 respectively, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

With the aide of the defensive turnovers Fredonia’s offense controlled the game clock, holding the ball for 27 minutes and 05 seconds of the game compared to 20 minutes and 55 seconds to Cherryvale.

Fredonia will host Belle Plaine on Friday night for week 6 action. Belle Plaine squeezed past Neodesha Friday night in a 33-27 overtime win. Cherryvale will travel to the other 2-0 team in the district Douglass who defeated Eureka 28-6 Friday night.

STATS

Fredonia Cherryvale
Total Offense 182 159
Number of Plays 56 47
Yards per Play 3.3 3.4
Passing -2 38
Completions – Attempts 1 – 4 3 – 11
Yards per Pass -2.0 12.7
Touchdowns – Interceptions 0 – 0 0 – 2
Rushing 184 121
Rushing Attempts 52 36
Yards per Rush 3.5 3.4
Receiving -2 38
Receiving Completions 1 3
Yards per Catch -2.0 12.7
Penalties – Yards 3 – 30 4 – 40
Turnovers 1 4
Fumbles – Lost 1 – 1 2 – 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Punting Attempts – Average Distance 1 – 27.0 1 – 14.0
Defensive Sacks – Yards 0 – 0 0 – 0
Time of Possession 00:27:05 00:20:55