LONGMONT — Getting off to the program's first 2-0 start since 2007, the Frederick football team has already proven that this year's group is better than the Warriors teams that preceded them by averaging less than a win per season.
The Warriors' problem at Everly-Montgomery Field on Friday night was that local rival Silver Creek, which CHSAANow.com currently ranks fourth in Class 3A, appears to be just as good as it was last year when the Raptors reached the Class 3A state semifinals. And while the Warriors held their own for much of Friday's road game, a handful of critical mistakes doomed the upstart club in a 42-7 win for veteran Silver Creek.
"They're definitely improved from last year," Raptors wide receiver Joe Roth-Bogrett said. "We really wanted to work on coming out and having a better start, having a better first half. Plus, it's always great to get a win on Homecoming. We just kept churning early, everything started clicking and it all worked out."
The Warriors (2-1) moved the ball for 87 yards on the ground in the first half while their run defense held the Raptors (3-0) to 58 rushing yards. But three first-half Warriors turnovers led to three touchdowns for the Raptors and a 21-0 lead for Silver Creek at halftime.
Doing well to contain explosive Raptors tailback Andreik Knechtel, who gained 60 of his 88 total rushing yards on one play, the Warriors had no answer for the Raptors' passing game. On the first play of the second half, Raptors quarterback Collin Black threw the ball out wide to Roth-Bogrett, who took it 80 yards for a score that kicked off a 21-point third quarter. Black completed 18 of his 22 pass attempts for 251 yards.
Senior tailback James Jones ran in a touchdown from three yards out to put Frederick on the board with 7 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third quarter. With that standing as the only score, Raptors junior linebacker Nick Eaton was pleased with his team's defensive effort.
"All week coach has been talking about how we had some opportunities last week and we didn't finish," said Eaton, who forced a pair of fumbles. "As a defense, we had to step up and make sure that our offense had good field position all night, not theirs. Their offense is meant to get those linebackers to chase the ball a little bit, but we all just stayed with our gap responsibilities and it was a good team win."
The Raptors will host Roosevelt (2-1) next Friday. Also next Friday, the Warriors will look for their third win of the season against winless Northridge (0-3) on the road.
Silver Creek 42, Frederick 7
At Everly-Montgomery FieldFrederick 0070—7
Silver Creek — Andreik Knechtel 10 run (Coltan Grabau kick).
Silver Creek — Knechtel 4 run (Grabau kick). Silver Creek — Collin Black 3 run (Grabau kick).
Silver Creek — Joe Roth-Bogrett 80 pass from Black (Grabau kick). Frederick — James Jones 3 run (Luke Dunker kick). Silver Creek — Brandon Harper 4 run (Grabau kick). Silver Creek — Knechtel 19 pass from Black (Grabau kick).
RUSHING — Frederick: Jacob Cole 18-101, James Jones 17-101, Brandon Hornby 6-29, Matt Olsen 5-17, Jacob Green 8-6. Silver Creek: Andreik Knechtel 12-88, Collin Black 6-33, Brandon Harper 5-19.
PASSING — Frederick: Jacob Green 6-10-1-61. Silver Creek: Collin Black 18-22-0-251.
RECEIVING — Frederick: Dante Ciaravola 2-37, Jacob Cole 3-13, Dylan Sindelar 1-10. Silver Creek: Joe Roth-Bogrett 5-122, Brandin Graves 3-43, TJ Blazon 5-41, Andreik Knechtel 4-40, Patrick Miller 1-5.