Despite win, improvement needed

FREDERICKTOWN — Defense was the key to Clear Fork’s 27-6 win over Fredericktown last week.

Clear held the Freddies to -15 yards rushing during the game only 94 yards in the air

Head coach Dave Carroll was concise in the best part of the Colts’ season: “The way our defense played,” he said.

Clear Fork opened the high school football season with a 27-6 victory at Fredericktown.

The Colts amassed 305 total yards and limited Fredericktown to 79 yards total offense. The Freddies were held to -15 yards on the ground and 94 yards in the air.

It was the defense — led by Michael Chillemi and Bobby Costello — that that allowed Clear Fork two overcome two interceptions and “too many” mental mistakes.

Chillemi and BCostello had five tackles apiece and Dinsmore had one interception for the Colts.

Offensively Clear Fork ran the ball 45 times for 239 yards and scored four touchdowns. They attempted 13 passes, completing five, with two interceptions.

On offense, the Colts struggled, despite scoring 27 points.

Jared Schaefer and Dinsmore split time at quarterback. Dinsmore completed both of his pass attempts. While Jared Schaefer was 3 of 10 passing with two interceptions. Schaefer ran the ball nine times for 12 yards.

Carroll wants to see better play from his two QBs

“They’ve got a lot more in them than that. We don’t turn the ball over,” he said. “We weren’t pleased with that.”

Nine players ran the ball for the Colts, led by Blake Dinsmore with 12 attempts, for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Trevon Trammell had 10 attempts for 44 yards. Trammel also scored a touchdown on an 83-yard kick return.

Senior Jake Lowe had two catches for 59 yards for the Colts.

Carroll expects improvement going forward.

“I’ll take the blame for the personnel problems,” he said. “I thought we had we had it down. We tried a lot lot of different sets with different personnel groupings in the game. The players have to communicate, but I’ll take the blame for that.

“We’ve addressed that,” Carroll said. “It shouldn’t happen again. But jumping off sides? That should never happen. We had several experienced players doing that.”

Clear Fork’s home opener is Friday, and the step-up in competition will be huge when the Bellevue Redmen, previously a member of the Northern Ohio League and the newest team in the Sandusky Bay Conference, come to the Colt Corral.

Last week, Bellevue defeated Division V reigning state champion Canton Central Catholic 21 – 17.

The Colts’ staff and players know what is ahead of them.

“We have one of our biggest games of the year this Friday,” Carroll said. “I saw them in person, one of our assistants saw them in person and we scouted them on Friday. We also have three game films on them.”

But in order to be successful, Clear Fork needs to cut down on the mistakes and players must improve their focus.

“Self-discipline, really simple,” Carroll said. “That’s all we’ve been talking about. We had 13 penalties, which is totally unacceptable. That was due to a lack of self-discipline.

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Turnovers, too many mental errors plague Clear Fork in 27-6 win

By Mike Tanchevski

Bellville Star