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Cats fall 51-41 to Dragons

The Fredericktown High School Football team showed off a big-play offense, Friday, but the De Soto Dragons were able to outscore the Cats, 51-41, Friday, here.

Fredericktown scored six touchdowns and all but one of them went for 34 or more yards.

There were six touchdowns scored in the first quarter alone, as De Soto jumped to an 18-0 lead before Malachi Kyle capped a 3-play Fredericktown drive with a 38-yard scoring run. After a bad snap on the PAT, Colten Jordan ran in the conversion to make it 18-8.

Trailing 25-8, the Cats got a big kickoff return from Kyle to the Dragons’s 35 yard line. He scored on the next play and it was 25-15 with 2:30 to play in the first quarter.

De Soto scored twice to open the second quarter and take a 38-15 lead. The Cats responded with an 89-yard kickoff return by Noah Korokis. Jordan’s PAT made it 38-22. The Dragons went three and out, and the Cats had a four-play drive capped by a 34-yard touchdown run by Kyle. It was 38-29 at the break.

De Soto scored the only touchdown of the third quarter and led 45-29 entering the fourth. After stopping the Dragons on fourth down and goal from the 15, Fredericktown took over at their five yard line, down 16 points with 7:26 to play in the game. Three plays got the Cats 11 yards and then Kyle scored on an 84-yard run. The 2-point conversion was no good and the Cats trailed 45-35 with 5:32 to play. 

De Soto scored with 2:03 to play to take a 51-35 lead. Fredericktown took over on its 35. Four plays later, Korokis scored from eight yards out. The Cats trailed 51-41 with 1:01 to play.

For the game, Kyle had 15 carries for 252 yards and four scores. Korokis carried the ball eight times for 37 yards and a touchdown. Tristan Casby had 10 carries for 42 yards. Korokis also returned four kicks for 166 yards and a score.

The Cats travel to Ste. Genevieve, Friday. The Dragons (4-2) are coming off a 27-7 victory over Perryville, Friday.

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