SILVER CREEK - Weston Ley accounted for 211 yards and four touchdowns Friday night as Fredonia (1-0) cruised past Silver Creek (0-1), 55-8, in Class C South football action.
"He has very good vision besides his athletic talent," Fredonia head coach Mike Marshall said. "He can see the field well and he can read blocks. He has a sense about him that he can understand what defenses are trying to do and he can do the opposite."
Ley had touchdown passes of 13 and 62 yards to John Piper and a 5-yard strike to Cody Smith while adding another score on a 40-yard run as the Hillbillies took advantage of an injury-depleted Black Knights squad, which lost four starters before the end of the first quarter.
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Fredonia’s Matt McCarthy splits the Silver Creek-Forestville defense on a run during Friday’s Class C?South high school football game.
"Fredonia's good," Silver Creek head coach Sean Helmer said. "They're very good and Weston Ley broke contain probably four times in the game. He's got legit speed and that changed a lot, but I thought we bottled him up when we were healthy."
The Hillbillies jumped out to an 8-0 lead after Matt McCarthy went 50 yards around the right side on Fredonia's fourth play from scrimmage and Ley converted the two-point try.
"That's our offense, that's what we try to do," Marshall said. "What we were trying to do was show them run up the middle to begin with, then we just started attacking off tackle and our backs were just going off the blocks that were given to them."
Silver Creek tied the game late in the first quarter after taking advantage of a Fredonia turnover, as Sherman Williams reached paydirt from 3 yards out.
"It was an 8-8 ball game and what we thought we would get, we got," Helmer said. "And what we thought would work is what worked, but at that point, there were just too many losses."
Among the injured for the Black Knights were starting quarterback Jake Nosbisch, one of several players who came over from Forestville to help keep the Silver Creek program alive.
"Jake (Nosbisch) was having a good game," Helmer said. "And Sherman was really running the ball and we were doing well up front. It's just too many (injuries). You can't recover from that, you just can't."
Fredonia went ahead for good early in the second quarter when Ley hit Smith on a 5-yard slant to put the Hillbillies up 14-8 with 11:54 remaining in the first half.
"At the beginning, we started audibling a little too much instead of running the plays," Marshall said. "But after the second series, I talked to Weston Ley and told him to cut down on the audibles and let the line do their work and hit the holes the way we should."
McCarthy, who finished with 85 yards on 10 carries added a 17-yard score with with 9:26 left in the second quarter before the first of Ley's two touchdown strikes to Piper put the Hillbilles up 28-8.
"You're robbing from Peter to try and pay Paul," Helmer added of the injuries that beset his team Friday night. "You're trying to cover this for that, but the kids fought hard and they didn't quit. The game was over at halftime and I give our kids a lot of credit for sticking it out. We've got to lick our wounds and hope we can heal up."
Fredonia added one final score in the first half as Ley broke contain, reached the right sideline and bolted in for a 40-yard touchdown.
"I didn't think that we were this ready for it," Marshall said. "But on a perfect weather night, everything went good for us. Everything went right."
The second half didn't go much better for the Black Knights' defense, even while the Hillbillies rested most of their starters.
"In the second half, we started getting the backups in," Marshall said. "And unfortunately, and I hate to say that, but they went right in and scored right away also. What are you going to do? You can't tell the kids to stop playing football. That's what they're here to do. We got a couple of lucky breaks and they were able to score a couple touchdowns in the second half also."
Ley and Piper hooked up on their second touchdown for a 41-8 lead before Piper found Eric Swoyer from 12 yards out. Sophomore Dakota Gardner scored Fredonia's final touchdown of the night in the third quarter on a 15-yard jaunt.
"You see somebody like Dakota Gardner running real hard, he's a sophomore, and when you see him, he imitates who's in front of him, which is Weston Ley and McCarthy," Marshall said. "And those are some pretty good people to look up to and run behind."
NOTES: Ley finished 7 of 15 for 109 yards passing while leading the team with 102 yards rushing on eight carries ... As a team, Fredonia rushed for 257 yards on 36 carries and out-gained Silver Creek 408-180 ... Piper finished with 99 yards on five receptions ... Jake Rinus led the Hillbillies with 12 tackles while Gardner had nine and Nick Johnston six.