Billies show off passing game in rout
ALLEGANY – Attention all Class C schools.
The Fredonia Hillbillies (5-0) can do a lot more than just run the ball.
Weston Ley was 19 for 27 Friday night and passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Fredonia Hillbillies to an impressive 49-17 victory over the Allegany-Limestone Gators (1-4) in Class C South action.
And while the passing game was effective, so too was Matt McCarthy, who rushed for 173 yards on 11 carries. He scored five rushing touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown.
“What I want to do is see if we can get more comfortable with the pass and mix it up and see what happens,” Fredonia coach Mike Marshall said. “It worked (Friday). I just thought we should open up a different facet of the game. I wanted to see what we could do on a night like (Friday).”
Though the scoring by quarter was unavailable at press time, Fredonia scored six of its seven touchdowns in the first half to put the game well out of reach early.
Dylan Meyer also benefited in the passing game as he had eight receptions for 188 yards. Cam Voss had a touchdown reception and John Piper had three receptions for 62 yards. Along with McCarthy, Dakota Gardner was a presence in the backfield with seven carries for 21 yards.
“Let’s face it, with what McCarthy has been doing and Ley in the backfield, teams have to be ready for the run,” Marshall said. “They were keying on McCarthy so I thought we could get some receivers open short and let them use their athletic ability.”
Defensively, the Hillbillies were led by Steve Mignoli’s six solo tackles and three assisted tackles. Jake Rinus added six solo and eight assisted while Anhel Epps had eight assisted tackles and three solo tackles.
Not all things went smoothly for the Hillbillies, however, as the team did not arrive to the field until about an hour before kickoff.
“That made me nervous,” Marshall said. “Usually we take time and tape players up and get them relaxed. This was rush, rush, rush, rush, rush. By time we had the whole team out there, we had 15-20 minutes to warm up. It impressed me they could stay focused and concentrate on what to do.
We just have to get ready week by week,” Marshall concluded. “We are coming away from games with little dings and hurts. We have to get people ready for the next week.”
Fredonia hosts Gowanda next Friday as part of homecoming.