FREDERICK -- The Mead football team accomplished one "first" on Friday night. Another will come on Sunday.
The Mavericks won eight games in a season for the first time in the school's current incarnation on Friday as they routed Frederick 53-6. The 53 points are the most the Mavs have ever scored in a game.
And on Sunday, when the 3A state playoff bracket is released, MHS figures to earn a postseason football berth for the first time in its six seasons of competing in the modern-day era.
It was all enough to prompt Mead's players to pick up coach Jason Klatt and carry him around on their shoulders on the field after the game. And one person in the post-game team huddle joked, "Coach Klatt, we're going to the Super Bowl."
"We've grinded all four years for our seniors," said junior quarterback Riley Glynn, who threw for 140 yards -- all in the first half -- on Friday. "We had a lot of injuries early (in the season), but we needed to get it done. We were good enough, and this year we had enough depth. We had a lot of kids step up. We've worked so hard for this, so it's a big relief."
This is Klatt's fourth season at the MHS helm, and two years ago he came ever so close to taking the Mavericks to the state playoffs, but they fell short depite a 7-2 record. But this time, with an 8-2 mark and having entered the weekend No. 8 in the 3A wild-card points, there should be no question they'll be in the 16-team bracket.
"You start thinking back to the journey, the memories the past four years," he said. "When we started, these seniors were freshmen. There's a lot of great kids in this senior class. It goes to show you what can happen when no one cares who gets the credit. I'm just proud and honored to be their coach."
Mead scored touchdowns all seven times its offense had possession in the first half and went into intermission up 47-6. A mercy-rule running clock was in effect from the final minutes of the first half on.
The Mavericks were big-play happy from the get-go, racking up seven plays of at least 24 yards before intermission. Dane Myers had one of those -- a 24-yard run -- to go along with three TD rushes.
In all, four players ran for at least 50 yards for Mead: Myers (69), Derrick Edwards (60), Nathan Mackey (57) and Colin Petersen (53).
Defensively, Nathan Tillema (interception) and Trevor Moore (two solo sacks) led the way.
"When you are potentially going to go to the playoffs, you want to keep going up as a team," Klatt said. "You want to be playing your best football at the end of the year. ... And the best thing about the 16-team bracket is, everybody has a shot."
Meanwhile, Frederick finished the season 0-10, making the Warriors 1-19 over the last two years after they had had winning records the previous four seasons. FHS averaged just 5.3 points per game this year, compared to 37.9 for opponents.
"For me, I feel for all the kids because they're working hard and you want them to have some success," veteran Frederick coach Thad Lear said after the team's senior night. "We're young -- we know that -- but we know we'll get better. We've got a good group of kids coming back that have a lot of experience. If we get in the weight room and have a good offseason, we can turn this thing around."
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Mead 53, Frederick 6
At FrederickMead (8-2, 5-2) 20 27 0 6 — 53
Frederick (0-10, 0-7) 6 0 0 0 — 6
Mead — Dane Myers 7 run (Tyler Levine kick). Frederick — Levi Nichols 2 run (kick blocked). Mead — Tony Feula 65 pass from Riley Glynn (pass fail). Mead — Levine 35 pass from Glynn (Levine kick).
Mead — Derrick Edwards 56 run (Levine kick). Mead — Myers 13 run (Levine kick). Mead — Mackey 2 run (Levine kick). Mead — Myers 9 run (kick fail).
Mead — Colin Petersen 4 run (pass fail).
RUSHING — Mead: Myers 12-69, Edwards 2-60, Mackey 4-57, Petersen 10-53, Feula 1-25, Glynn 3-3, Vail 1-3, Lavanchy 1-2. Frederick: Hartsoch 8-31, Nichols 7-24, Schaa 2-13, Moers 3-(-3), Lamb 4-(-18).
PASSING — Mead: Glynn 4-7-0, 140 yards. Frederick: Lamb 8-21-1, 63 yards; Nichols 1-1-0, 33 yards.
RECEIVING — Mead: Feula 1-65, Levine 1-35, Myers 1-24, Edwards 1-16. Frederick: Jeffers 5-62, Schaa 3-24, Duran 1-10.