Fredonia Opens The Season With Shut Out Against Erie

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ERIE — A 29-0 opening night win here got the Yellowjackets off on the right foot for the 2018 Tri-Valley League gridiron season.

We had a nice performance in our season opener against Erie,” said Fredonia head coach Marc Svaty.

“We ran the ball well and played good defense and special teams.  We didn’t have any turnovers and only four offensive penalties.  We still need to get more physical with our blocks up front and with our backs.  I think once that happens, we will have a really food football team.”

Of note in Friday’s game, exchange student Pablo Maynez booted three successful PATs in his “American football” debut, giving ‘Jacket fans budding hopes for an effective kicking game from the soccer-playing import.

Senior Owen Blandamer led the ‘Jackets with 121 rushing yards on 25 carries; the ‘Jacket contingent rushed for a total of 241 yards with Blandamer and Logan Baker reaching the endzone. Cooper Odell was 1-1 for 20 yards — a connection with Cole Boss for a touchdown.

The ‘Jacket defense essentially put the lid on Erie: the Red Devils managed 89 total yards of offense with just three first-downs and no completed passes. Erie Quarterback Jaden Gard had 81 of the 89 yards of offense on the ground.

The ‘Jackets’ home opener is Friday as Fredonia plays host to 1-0 Humboldt. The Cubs put a whallop on Neodesha in their opener, 48-6.

“We have a huge ball game coming up this weekend against Humboldt in our home opener,” Svaty said.  “Humboldt has a very talented team this year.  We look forward to the competition.”