ERIE - With the playoffs on the line, the Erie Tigers rose up to the state their case for the postseason.
Now they have to wait to see if they did enough to get there.
Noah Roper's legs and Quintin Hyrup's hands carried the Tigers to a 28-0 win over Frederick on Friday night, ending a three-game skid and giving their playoff hopes a chance.
They will find out their fate Sunday, which gives them a weekend to wonder if they qualify.
"The RPI is so unpredictable. Only 25 percent is within your control," Tigers head coach Chad Cooper said. "My message to the coaches and players is keep our heads out of the paper and wait until Sunday."
Erie did what they needed to and captured the Miner's Trophy once again. Hyrup had three receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown while Roper rushed for 187 yards and another score against the Warriors (1-9, 0-5), who lost their ninth straight.
"We had to keep our composure and play how we usually play," said senior Trevor David, who scored the first touchdown. "We seniors had to play our hearts out."
It was the third straight year Erie (6-4, 2-3 Tri-Valley) shut out Frederick.
"We played a heck of a lot better than last week," Warriors head coach Thad Lear said.
The game was close until Hyrup scored on a 47-yard pass from Ruben Portillo on the last play of the third quarter to put Erie ahead 14-0.
"We controlled the ball the whole first half but we couldn't get it across the end zone," Lear said. "In the second quarter I don't know if they had it 10 plays. They adjusted at halftime."
After stuffing Frederick on a fourth down - the fourth time they did it - the Tigers made it 21-0 on a 29-yard run by Roper.
Portillo, in his last game on Erie's home field, scored a cosmetic touchdown late in the fourth to make it 28-0.
It wasn't a pretty win. Erie had 12 penalties for 152 yards, unofficially, and six of those were for 15 yards, one drawn by Cooper.
"I was disappointed in our kids but I need to be better about that, too," he said. "The one that was on me I thought our kids were in danger and that's when I will voice my opinion."
But they did enough on offense and came up big on defense, which included a goal-line stand.
After David's 1-yard run gave Erie a 7-0 lead, Frederick drove down and had a first-and goal at the 8. Three runs by Lance Hartsoch got it to the 3, and on fourth down he was stuffed at the 1.
"The defense allowed the offense to find its way," Cooper said. "After that we got our rhythm back. If we do go into the playoffs we can't play like that."
Erie 28, Frederick 0
At Erie High SchoolFrederick 0 0 0 0 — 0
Erie 7 0 7 14 — 28
Erie — Trevor David 1 run (Julian Custine kick).
Erie — Quintin Hyrup 47 pass from Ruben Portillo (Custine kick).
Erie — Noah Roper 29 run (Custine kick). Erie — Portillo 5 run (Custine kick).
RUSHING — Frederick: Lance Hartsoch 21-61, Matt Olson 13-56, Jacob Cole 4-14, Robert Saldi 1-7, Mateo Rives 2-4, Mathew Johnson 1-3, Tyler Lords 4-1Erie: Noah Roper 18-187, Ruben Portillo 9-29, Trevor David 8-28, Sean-Tyler Curell 1-12.
PASSING — Frederick: Lords 6-18-1-66, Hartsoch 0-1-1-0. Erie: Portillo 6-14-0-92
RECEIVING — Frederick: Dakota Duran 2-14, Hartsoch 2-14, Dante Solamon 1-13, Olson 1-20. Erie: Quintin Hyrup 3-79, Roper 1-7, Ryley Deckert 1-6.