Frederick rolls Walters
FREDERICK Thanks to a stifling defense which forced an early safety and notched an absurd 21 tackles for loss, Frederick cruised by Walters, 38-0, in a key district battle Friday night at the Bomber Bowl.
"We're a lot better football team than we've been in the past," Frederick coach Bret Tyler said. "For it to all come together tonight, that's big for us. We need confidence-building wins and we got that tonight."
With the confidence builder, Frederick (3-5, 1-3 2A-3) was able to keep its playoff hopes alive heading into a showdown with Dibble next week.
An early coffin corner punt pinned Walters (3-4, 1-2 2A-3) down at the 2-yard line and on the first play of the drive, the Bombers' defense tallied the first of 12 tackles for loss in the first half for a safety to give Frederick a 2-0 lead.
"It did a lot and helped us out a bunch," Tyler said of the safety. "Our defense has played really well all year long and it's been our strong point. They played phenomenal tonight."
Two points didn't seem like much, but the early safety set the tone for the rest of the game.
"It just gave us more motivation and pumped us up. It was great," said senior defensive tackle Heston Brown who had five tackles for loss. "In the past years, they've whooped us and we wanted to make a difference defensively this year. We weren't going to let it happen again."
On the ensuing kickoff, Malachi Newton's big return gave Frederick outstanding field position at the Walters 35-yard line. On the fourth play of the drive, Kemontrey Wright who had 56 yards rushing and three touchdowns bulldozed his way in to the end zone for a 5-yard run out of the wildcat formation and the rout was on.
"Walters beat us pretty soundly last year so that was always in the back of our minds," Tyler said. "For us to beat them like that, it's big for our program."
Frederick outgained Walters in total offense with 390 yards compared to just 41 for the Blue Devils. The Bombers racked up 323 yards on the ground and got started early. In the first quarter alone, Frederick busted four yards for 20-plus yards and eight runs of 10 or more yards.
Christian Reyes led the charge with 10 carries for 100 yards to go along with Wright's three touchdowns. Dylan Sheffield chipped in 48 more on the ground.
While the running game was solid, the air attack also did damage. Travis Ibarra threw for 67 yards and two touchdown passes and Gustavo Gaytan threw one TD as well. Each found wide receiver Darius Randle, who had two touchdown catches.
Ibarra got the passing game going on the first play of a first quarter drive when finding Randle on beautiful 38-yard touchdown pass off play action. Randle was wide open on the post route and Ibarra hit him in stride.
"It was a great pass and Darius is one of the better receivers around that nobody's heard of. He's a talented receiver," Tyler said. "Big plays like that are where we've been lacking all year so that helped tonight."