FREDERICK — It didn't take long for the Silver Creek football team to put its three-win 2015 campaign in the rearview mirror.
With a 41-7 win against Frederick on Friday, the Raptors picked up their third win of the season and matched their win total from last year. While the Raptors have looked solid at 3-0, head coach Mike Apodaca wasn't letting his team get too carried away about its thus-far successful season following its most recent victory.
"I feel like we had moments tonight when we looked prepared and moments when we lost focus," Apodaca said. "Penalties are killing us right now. We moved the ball pretty well all game but it's hard to come up with a third-and-15 play every series.
Having risen to No. 9 in the latest CHSAANow.com rankings, the Raptors (3-0) racked up over 130 yards of penalties by the end of Friday's game but their offense was in synch on the first snap of the first drive.
Receiving to start the game, the Raptors scored quickly on a four-play drive that ended in an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dylan Ordway to wide receiver Khari Harrison. Sophomore kicker Coltan Grabau put the Raptors up 10-0 with a 25-yard field goal later in the quarter and Harrison pushed the lead to 17-0 with a 59-yard punt return in the second quarter.
If not for a roughing the kicker penalty late in the second quarter, the Raptors defense would have held the Frederick (1-2) offense scoreless in the first half. Instead, the key penalty gave the Warriors an automatic first down that set up a 4-yard touchdown run from fullback Domonic Robb that led to a 17-7 halftime score.
"We came in with a lot of confidence and our first drive was pretty good," Harrison said. "After our first drive, we started slipping up and our heads were getting too big. Luckily, our defense stepped up and kept us in the game. At halftime, we talked about it and we came out with a whole different mentality."
The Raptors defense held the Warriors, who were without injured rushing leader Lance Hartsoch, to 136 yards of offense and forced two turnovers. Coming out of halftime with a 17-point third quarter was all the offense needed to pull away for the win.
With fifth-ranked Roosevelt (1-2) on the schedule for next Friday, the Raptors will get have to clean things up if they hope to stay undefeated.
"We've got a big game coming up and playing a top-ranked team at their place is probably the next step to getting this thing rolling the right way," Apodaca said. "We'll really see where we're at."
Frederick will host Northridge (1-2) next week.
Silver Creek 41, Frederick 7
At Frederick H.S.Silver Creek (3-0) 10 7 17 7 — 41
Frederick (1-2) 0 7 0 0 — 7
Silver Creek — Khari Harrison 8 pass from Dylan Ordway (Coltan Grabau kick). Silver Creek — Grabau 25 field goal.
Silver Creek — Harrison 59 punt return (Gradau kick). Frederick — Dominic Robb 4 run (Matt Johnson kick).
Silver Creek — Andreik Knechtel 4 run (Grabau kick). Silver Creek — Grabau 23 field goal. Silver Creek — Knechtel 13 run (Grabau kick).
Silver Creek — George Ramirez 2 run (Grabau kick).
RUSHING — Silver Creek: Andreik Knechtel 22-100, George Ramirez 4-30, Colin Black 1-11, Anthony Allman 1-3, Rex Olinger 1-2, Ben Warn 1-2, Dylan Ordway 2-1. Frederick: Domonic Robb 11-59, Matt Olson 10-15, Tyce Morgan 5-13, Mateo Rives 1-7, Brady Schaa 4-1, Gavin Self 1-(-4), Tyler Lords 1-(-6).
PASSING — Silver Creek: Dylan Ordway 11-17-0-143, Colin Black 4-4-0-50. Frederick: Brady Schaa 7-20-1-47, Tyler Lords 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: George Ramirez 6-52, TJ Blazon 6-107, Joe Roth 1-10, Anthony Allman 1-12, Khari Harrison 1-8. Frederick: Dakota Duran 2-14, Domonic Robb 2-8, Matt Olson 1-10, Mateo Rives 1-10, Dante Claravola 1-5.