FREDERICK — The Frederick football team is determined to reach the postseason this fall and against teams the Warriors believe they should beat, they haven't left any doubt this season.
Hosting the Northfield Nighthawks (1-5, 0-1) on a rainy Friday night at home, the Warriors (5-1, 1-0) continued that trend with a 60-7 victory in both teams' 3A Northern Metro League opener.
"Tonight was just an overall good game for us," Warriors quarterback Jake Green said. "The vibe in our locker room is good. We've tried to build it with support and everyone being there for each other. It's like a brotherhood. It's going good and everybody feels really good about the season so far."
The Warriors scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes on Friday's game. They found the end zone first on a 27-yard pass from Green, who has yet to throw an interception this season, to wide receiver Dylan Sindelar. Junior Brandon Hornby scored on an 8-yard run and Sindelar scored a third touchdown in the first quarter when the Warriors sacked Nighthawks quarterback Darbrey Johnson and Sindelar returned a resulting fumble 39 yards for a score to put the Warriors ahead 22-0.
Midway through the school's first season with a varsity football team, Northfield got on the scoreboard with 7 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the first half with a 34-yard fumble return of its own. The two teams combined to fumble 10 times and nine of those were recovered by the opposing team.
With his team leading 30-7 at halftime after holding the Nighthawks to negative-30 yards of total offense in the first half, Warriors senior Logan Robinson blocked a punt on the Nighthawks' first drive of the second half and returned it 28 yards himself for a score. Frederick's Dante Ciavarola scored on a 13-yard run on the last play of the third quarter to put Frederick up 52-7 and start the mercy rule running clock.
Frederick has won its last four games and entered Friday's game as the 14th team in the Class 3A RPI standings. While doing so, the Warriors have allowed a total of 19 combined points to their last four opponents.
"We've probably had the most focused practices and the most hungry kids that I've had in 25 years coaching," Warriors head coach Travis Peeples said. "They want to be great. We played good tonight against a good opponent. Things will keep getting tougher for us down the road and we'll see if we can step up to the challenge."
Eight different running backs carries the ball for the Warriors to combine for 295 rushing yards and the Warriors defense finished the game with six sacks and an interception by Hornby.
The Warriors will play at Holy Family (4-1, 1-0 Northern Metro) next Friday.
Frederick 60, Northfield 7
At Frederick H.S.Northfield (1-5, 0-1) 0700—7Frederick (5-1, 1-0) 228228—60
Frederick — Dylan Sindelar 27 pass from Jake Green (conversion failed). Frederick — Brandon Hornby 8 run (Green run). Frederick — Sindelar 39 fumble return (Sean Holbrook run).
Northfield — Augusta Lunden 34 fumble return (Mike Mecklenberg kick). Frederick — Gavin Self 37 run (Trey O'Dell run).
Frederick — Logan Robinson 28 punt block return (run failed). Frederick — Hornby 13 run (Hornby run). Frederick — Dante Ciavarola 13 run (Holbrook run).
Frederick — Tyler Weston 8 run (Michael Espindola pass from Bryce Schust).
RUSHING — Northfield: Jonathan Garrison 15-51, Uriah Hurd 1-(-2), Juan Silva 1-(-6), Darbrey Johnson 6-(-65); Frederick: Gavin Self 8-84, Dante Ciaravola 10-58, Trey O'Dell 5-45, Dominick Schlief 5-44, Brandon Hornby 11-40, Sean Holbrook 3-18, Tyler Weston 1-8, Michael Espindola 1-2, Jake Green 1-(-2).
PASSING — Northfield: Darbrey Johnson 3-11-1-20; Frederick: Jake Green 3-7-0-52.
RECEIVING — Northfield: Devion Hinton 1-14, Andrey Thomas 2-6; Frederick: Dylan Sindelar 1-27, Sean Holbrook 1-19, Joey Notero 1-6.