Medina hosts Fredonia in Class C semi Friday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 November 2022 at 9:04 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Noah Skinner picks up yardage in the snow for Medina during last year’s win over Fredonia in the Class C final at Highmark Stadium. The teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Friday as Medina hosts Fredonia in the Class C semifinal at Vets Park.

In a rematch of last fall’s memorable title game in a snowstorm at Highmark Stadium, top seeded defending champion Medina will host No. 5 Fredonia in the semifinals of the Section VI Class C playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Vets Park.

Medina defeated Fredonia 58-6 in that title contest which saw heavy snow fall throughout the first half.

“I’m sure Fredonia is excited for a rematch after last years championship game in the snow,” said Medina Coach Eric Valley. “In that game the weather made it extremely difficult to throw the ball, so the conditions favored a ground game. Luckily we had success on the ground and were able to control the ball.”

Both teams bring an 8-1 record into the semifinals as Medina defeated No. 8 Eden 48-7 and Fredonia bested No. 5 Depew 43-22 in the quarterfinals.

Fredonia is led offensively by quarterback Ethan Fry who has passed for 2,117 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 513 yards and 7 touchdowns; running back Micah Davis who has rushed for 1,012 yards and 10 touchdowns and receivers Keegan Whitfield who has 53 receptions for 760 yards and 6 TDs and Jameson Quinn who has 45 catches for 599 yards and 9 TDs.

“Fredonia features an explosive offense. They can spread the field and they have the ability to score in the air and on the ground,” said Valley. “They have had a great group of athletes the last 2 years, and I’m sure they are just as excited as we are to get back to the championship game this year.”

Medina is led offensively by quarterback Aiden Pitts who has passed for 714 yards and 7 TDs and rushed for 378 yards and 3 TDs.

Running back Noah Skinner leads the ground attack with 1,411 yards and 25 TDs. Amari Soule has had 374 yards and 4 TDs and Cayden Lilleby 204 yards and 5 TDs. Lilleby also leads the receiving corps with 12 catches for 171 yards and 5 TDs. Kaedon Cleveland also has 2 TD receptions and Skinner 1.

“We are going to need to cover well and put pressure on their QB up front,” said Valley. “On offense we need to execute, hold on the the football and play a very physical game.”

The victor will advance to the Class C title game at Highmark Stadium on Thursday November 10 against the winner of this Saturday’s other semifinal between No. 2 Lackawanna and No. 3 Salamanca.

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