The Fredericktown BlackCats shrugged off a slow start and used a huge individual performance to get their first win the 2019 season with a 34-0 victory at Herculaneum.
Neither side generated anything on offense in the first quarter, and even with Fredericktown driving, Herculaneum made a big defensive play thanks to Cole Myers.
But Fredericktown would eventually break through in the 2nd quarter, as a passing game that had been nonexistent in the first 12 minutes finally made a play.
The big play from Malachi Kyle would not only be the first points of the game, it would spark the Fredericktown defense on the very next series.
And off the fumble recovery, Kyle quickly found paydirt again.
Fredericktown kept rolling with a fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff, and Kyle made it a hat trick with 3:39 left in the 2nd.
But Kyle wasn’t even done in the first half.
And fresh off a stop on defense to start the second half, a big punt return by Ethan Flanagan set the stage for Kyle to find the end zone one more time.
That would be all that Fredericktown would need to win the Battle of the BlackCats. With 144 yards from scrimmage and the Applebee’s Player of the Game under his belt, Kyle had nothing but praise for his teammates.
Fredericktown head coach Chuck Ford said his team found its way after the first quarter because they started to take note of the little things.
Herculaneum head coach Cody Hunter said his team isn’t equipped to come out of big early holes like they faced against Fredericktown.