BELLVILLE — The Colts bolted out of the gate like quarter horses and finished like thoroughbreds in a season opening 63-0 whitewashing of Fredericktown Friday night.
Clear Fork ran up 381 yards of offense and overcame 90 yards in penalties, building a 42-0 halftime lead.
“We were a little clunky at times,” said head coach Dave Carroll.
“I give Fredericktown credit. They committed a lot of guys to the box. They were loaded to disrupt the run game, but we had guys break loose on some big runs.”
Did they ever.
Treveon Trammell scored on a 7-yard TD run to open the scoring. He would finish with 73 rushing yards in a balanced attack.
Jared Schaefer and Brennan South split time at quarterback and both directed scoring drives.
South hit A.J. Blubaugh on a 10-yard slant pass and later added a 5-yard jaunt of his own and picked off a Fredericktown pass returning it 34 yards to the end zone.
“We knew we have pretty fast kids, and both of our quarterbacks are not slow by any means,” Carroll said.
“In our offense we run both quarterbacks. They take half the reps and have half the risk of getting injured. They have a great relationship. They’re competing against the other team, not each other.
“You also saw (sophomore Brady) Tedrow, who is a starting cornerback, come in late in the game. He started varsity basketball as a freshman so that tells you what kind of an athlete he is.”
The Colts have no shortage of skilled, swift athletes.
Zach Homerick went 39 yard for a score and caught four passes for 88 yards, including a 31-yard scoring strike.
Caden Flynn also showed his wheels as he ripped off a 75-yard punt return down the right sideline for the Colts’ fourth touchdown. Collin Crider, a junior, added an 11-yard TD reception.
Late in the game sophomore Jacob Lester, a bruising 210-pound back, ran over Freddies defenders for 68 yards on five carries and Clear Fork’s ninth TD, a 12-yard blast up the middle.
The Colts managed 15 first downs to eight for Fredericktown and rushed for 253 yards and passed for another 128.
Fredericktown was held to 91 yards rushing and 69 through the air. Terry Fearn completed 6 of 13 passes for 57 yards and one pick. He led the Freddies on the ground with 51 yards on 11 carries.
NEXT WEEK: Clear Fork travels to Bellevue, which lost 14-13 to Canton Central Catholic in its opener.
“It’s a rematch,” Carroll said. “They’re always good. Ed Nasonti is a tremendous coach. They work hard in the off-season weight room and it will be a good game.”
The Colts won the regular season game last year, but fell to the Redmen 21-13 in the second round of the Division IV playoffs.
HALL OF FAME: The 1989 Clear Fork football team, a regional finalist, the 1994 boys and girls Clear Fork cross country teams, softball standout Taylor Thomas, and contributor Jack Bennett, were honored before the game and enshrined in a ceremony on Saturday.
HONORARY CAPTAIN: Former football coach Jerry Widder was recognized as an honorary captain prior to kickoff. Widder spent 39 years in education. He and his wife Judy reside in Bellville.