FREDERICK — Lance Hartsoch couldn't come up with the words quite yet.
The Frederick running back had just seen his friends and classmates rush the field after the Warriors' 28-0 win over Fort Lupton on Friday night, and he knew it had been a long time since that had happened.
More than one full season, as a matter of fact. But an 11-game losing streak dating to the last game of 2014 is now history, thanks to a solid effort that had just enough mistakes to make the Warriors know they aren't invincible.
"That was something we all just are not used to, and I'm glad it happened (Friday)," Hartsoch said of the celebration after he rushed for 203 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown. "(Defense) hit hard, and they pushed it. We might have been pretty lost without that strong defense."
The preseason was filled with optimism and the Warriors carried it out onto the field. Their defensive line crushed Fort Lupton quarterback Yadir Castillo to the tune of seven sacks, and Frederick also induced four total turnovers that helped lead to a shutout.
Among those turnovers were three interceptions, two by Matt Olson. Jacob Cole also had a strip sack on the Blue Devils opening possession that set up Frederick inside the FLHS 10-yard line.
In all, the defense was in get-after-it mode from the start.
"Defense played a big part in this game, and we might have had some bad off-the-ball penalties but we played hard and played our heart out," said FHS linebacker Mateo Rives, who was in on a couple sacks and also caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help forge a 21-0 lead. "Just great teamwork to get those turnovers."
Fort Lupton, a team severely lacking in numbers, had just 93 yards of offense. While Frederick didn't get a lot going on offense early — and the Warriors were plagued with penalties throughout — Hartsoch got going in the second half when long drives were needed.
Dom Robb also had some good runs, and the Warriors totaled 257 yards on the ground. Quarterback Brady Schaa ended his night on a high note with the TD pass to Rives with 9 minutes, 38 seconds to go — the last pass he threw in the ballgame.
Frederick travels to Conifer next week, and Rives said it's a good feeling to be able to practice with a little weight off the shoulders.
"We've had two straight disappointing seasons and this is overwhelming, but we have to finish the season strong," Rives said. "We still have some problems to work out, but we were a team tonight. When you have that feeling, you can do big things."
Frederick 28, Fort Lupton 0
At Frederick HSFort Lupton (0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Frederick (1-0) 7 7 0 14 — 28
Frederick — Lance Hartsoch 2 run (Luke Dunker kick).
Frederick — Jacob Cole 18 run (Dunker kick).
Frederick — Mateo Rives 24 pass from Brady Schaa (Dunker kick). Frederick — Schaa 2 run (Dunker kick).
RUSHING — Fort Lupton: Jaylen Williams 14-35, Yadir Castillo 12-7, Wyatt Buccelli 1-1, Anthony Sailas 1-1, Elisio Pererya 1-0. Frederick: Lance Hartsoch 23-203, Domonic Robb 8-44, Jacob Cole 1-18, Matt Olson 4-0, Brady Schaa 4-(minus-4), David Arzola 1-(minus-4).
PASSING — Fort Lupton: Castillo 8-18-3-39. Frederick: Schaa 5-9-1-50.
RECEIVING — Fort Lupton: Elijah Vargas 4-15, Gaven Case 2-16, Freddy Suarez 1-7, Williams 1-1. Frederick: Olson 1-(minus-2), Tyler Lords 2-13, Mateo Rives 1-24, Dakota Duran 1-15.