The loss, in front of a fairly large and anxious crowd, spoiled new head coach John Warren’s debut as a Patriot.
Freeburg broke on top after a couple of series netted them mid-field position. Forced to punt, the Midgets’ Kile Bailey dropped a 40-plus yarder into the Massac County “coffin corner.”
Pinned against the goal line, Massac surrendered the safety on second down, and Freeburg had a 2-0 lead. After the ensuing Patriot kick-off, a busted play by Freeburg yielded a fumble which Massac’s Israel Cherry covered.
Junior Braden Fritch, in his first start at quarterback, hooked up with senior wideout Jacob Myers for a 49-yard completion down to Freeburg’s 1-yard line.
Junior running back Dillon Stoner got into the end zone at the 5:37 mark for a Massac touchdown, and the Pats held their first lead of 2013 at 6-2. Senior place kicker Matt Fasnacht split the uprights, and the lead was 7-2.
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