The Blackcats Football Team’s season ended Friday night, in Ste. Genevieve as the Cats lost 28-23 to the host Dragons.
Seeded seventh, the Cats did not make things easy for the No. 2 seed Dragons. The result was quite different than the 39-0 victory Ste. Genevieve scored over FHS, Sept. 9.
Fredericktown got a long kickoff return to open the game, but turned the ball over two plays later at the Dragons’ 23 yard line. Ste. Gen. went 74 yards on seven plays and scored on a 2-yard run by Wade Hahn. It was 6-0 with 9:44 to play in the first quarter.
Following a Fredericktown punt, the Dragons scored again. Luke Brewster caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Brandon Hinson, and Brewster added a two-point conversion. The lead was 14-0 with 5:05 to play in the first.
Fredericktown got on the board on a 39-yard field goal by Colten Jordan. It was 14-3 with 10:51 to play in the half.
Fredericktown’s Austin Dowd grabbed an interception on the next Ste. Genevieve drive. The Cats took advantage, going 55 yards on 11 plays. Cody Smith caught three passes on the drive, including an 11-yard touchdown from Williams. It was 14-10 with 4:41 to play in the half.
The Dragons scored with 1:24 to play in the half on a 16-yard run by Levi Gonz. It was 21-10 at the break.
Ste. Genevieve made it 28-10 late in the third quarter, as Hinson connected with Brewster from 32 yards out.
The Cats kept battling back, however. They went 48 yards on nine plays, as Williams ran the ball in from eight yards out. It was 28-17 with 8:31 to play in the game.
Fredericktown stopped the Dragons next two possessions. They took over on the Ste. Gen. 49 with 2:08 to play. Williams rushed twice of 43 yards. He then hit Smith for their second touchdown of the game. The six-yard score made it 28-23, as the two point conversion was no good.
With 1:43 to play, the Cats were unable to recover an onside kick, and the Dragons ran out the remaining time on the clock.
For the game, Williams ran 36 times for 131 yards and a score. He completed nine of 18 passes for 116 yards and two more scores. Smith caught eight passes for 114 and two touchdowns. On defense, Williams had 12 total tackles and Seth Laut had 11. Dowd had nine tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble (recovered by Logan Bowling). Isaak Starkey also had an interception.