By Jordan Holland
For The Times Leader
BEVERLY - Did the Cadets just win the Super Bowl?
No, they didn't, but you couldn't tell after the celebration that occurred after Fort Frye defeated Monroe Central 27-0 Friday.
The much-deserved celebration included a dousing of head coach Eric Huck, who helped his squad hand Monroe Central its first PVC loss in 25 games.
"It's right up there," Huck said when asked where the win ranked for him as a coach. "It may be the top. I told the guys before the game that it was time for something special. They played outstanding."
It was a career day for senior Max Alsbach and the Fort Frye offensive line. The line made holes all night, allowing Alsbach to get to the second level and break tackles. Overall, Alsbach had 230 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns.
"I'll remember this forever," Alsbach said. "We knew we had to execute, and we did. You can't put it all on me, though. It was the lineman, everybody doing their jobs."
It was rough start for the Jay Circosta-led Seminoles, as the first play from scrimmage resulted in a Justin Massey interception.
It was on Fort Frye's next possession that it got its first score. The Cadets got the ball at their own 28. A ten yard run by Alsbach got a first down, but quarterback Chandler Lang was taken down for a 12 yard loss on the next play. On 3rd and 14, Lang scampered for a huge 15 yard run to convert the first down. After a face mask on Monroe Central put the ball at the Seminole 39, Alsbach took it all the way to the house for a touchdown.
After forcing a three and out, Monroe Central punted the ball inside the five. Korey Lafferre made a nice play to down the ball at the three. Carries by Lang and Alsbach got a couple of first downs, but the Seminoles forced and recovered a fumble to give them good field position at the Fort Frye 31.
They couldn't capitalize, however. On 4th and 5, Lafferre's pass attempt fell incomplete after a big hit from Alsbach knocked the ball away.
On the ensuing Fort Frye possession, Chandler Lang struck for a 61 yard scoring run, which was propelled by a big block from Spencer Lang. Once Chandler got down field on the play, he had one guy to beat. With Spencer running beside him, Chandler pointed to the defender, and Spencer turned around and made the hit to clear the way. After Chandler added the PAT, the Cadets were up 14-0 at the half.
"After being up 14-0, we treated it like it was 0-0," Alsbach said. "Monroe's a great football team. Everybody stepped up. I couldn't be more proud of my team right now."
Alsbach continued to impress in the second half, scoring on runs of 15 yards and one yard.
"We thought we could run the ball on them, and we did," Huck said. "Max stepped up and had a good game. Our line was able to get a push, which isn't easy against Monroe Central."
Lang had another big game with 153 yards on 15 carries and a score to go along with Alsbach's production. Fort Frye altogether out gained the Seminoles 414-145 on the ground.
For the Seminoles, Lafferre and Levi Brown led with 55 rushing yards a piece. Lafferre 6-23 for 98 yards through the air. Chase Carothers led all receivers in the game with 66 yards on four catches.
The Cadets only attempted two passes in the game, with Lang completing one to Tyser Shilling for five yards.
Just as impressive as the offensive numbers for Fort Frye was the defensive effort. Shutting out the Monroe Central offense is no easy task.
"Our defense hadn't played like that all year," Huck said. "Defense wins, ultimately. They gave us good field position all night. Spencer came up and made some big plays. Massey played big against (receiver Cameron Jorris). I thought Colton Shuster stepped up played well."
At the halfway point in the season, the Cadets are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the PVC. They will be back at home next week when they host Frontier in another conference battle. The Seminoles drop to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the league, and return home to play Magnolia next week.