FREDERICK — Sophomore quarterback Stone Samaras and the Holy Family football team's offense has been amassing incredible point totals all season.
In Friday's Tri-Valley League schedule opener against Frederick, the Tigers took their high-scoring ways to another level. It didn't take the Tigers much time on of the clock or the usual video game numbers from Samaras and company to do it either.
Forcing turnovers and playing with a short field all game long, the Tigers played their way to a running clock with 1 minute, 25 seconds left in the first half and shortly thereafter, a 49-8 victory.
"Before the game coach was saying we needed to get on them early and keep it going," Tigers senior Joe Golter said. "We did that, so that was good to see. It's the first game of league play so we wanted to make a statement and we came ready to play."
The second leading passer in all of Colorado, Samaras scored on three 1-yard runs in the first half for the Tigers (4-2, 1-0 Tri-Valley), who entered Week 6 ranked 10th in the CHSAANow.com poll. Though the Warriors (1-5, 0-1 Tri-Valley) held the Tigers to just one score in the first quarter, three Frederick turnovers helped the Tigers score 35 points in the second.
Golter finished with 125 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Senior tailback Michael Zeman finished with 105 yards rushing on just 16 carries. With two losses on his team's record, both of which came against ranked teams, head coach Mike Gabriel said the Tigers are beginning to focus on finishing strong down the stretch and that showed on Friday.
"I told the kids before the game that we need to figure things out," Gabriel said. "This is league play now and we can't afford to lose. Every game has to have a playoff atmosphere and a playoff game. This win gets us one win closer to the playoffs and sets us up for next week when we with have a tough game against Erie."
The Warriors fumbled seven times in Friday's game and three were recovered by a Tigers defense that held the home team to 190 yards of total offense. Frederick tailback Lance Hartsoch, who ran for 90 yards, scored on a 5-yard run to put the Warriors on the board with 6:33 left in the game.
Holy Family will continue conference play face a resurgent Erie (5-1, 1-0 Tri-Valley) team next Friday. Frederick will face another tough test when the Warriors travel to face No. 8 Mead (4-2, 1-0 Tri-Valley) on Friday.
Holy Family 49, Frederick 8
At Frederick H.S.Holy Family 7 35 7 0 — 49
Frederick 0 0 0 8 — 8
Holy Family — Michael Zeman 5 run (Matteo Lonardo kick).
Holy Family — Stone Samaras 1 run (Lonardo kick). Holy Family — Samaras 1 run (Lonardo kick). Holy Family — Joe Golter 12 pass from Samaras (Lonardo kick). Holy Family — Golter 64 pass from Samaras (Lonardo kick). Holy Family — Samaras 1 run (Lonardo kick).
Holy Family — Golter 21 pass from Samaras (Lonardo kick).
Frederick — Lance Hartsoch 5 run (Domonic Robb pass from Tyler Lords).
RUSHING — Holy Family: Michael Zeman 16-105, Stone Samaras 5-12, Weston Siefken 2-12, Grant Keller 2-7, Braden Peters 1-2, James Carey 1-1, Joe Golter 1(-2), Derek Gosselin 1-(-2). Frederick: Lance Hartsoch 18-90, Domonic Robb 8-55, Matt Olson 5-9, Tyler Lords 4-(-25).
PASSING — Holy Family: Stone Samaras 9-14-0-154, Joe Geist 1-4-1-10. Frederick: Tyler Lords 4-9-1-61.
RECEIVING — Holy Family: Joe Golter 5-125, Kyle Helbig 1-12, Travis Montoya 2-7, Derek Gosselin 1-10, Devin Doroff 1-10. Frederick: Matt Olson 3-52, Domonic Robb 1-9.