BROOMFIELD — The 27-point loss to Erie in Week 2 is well in the rearview mirror for an up-and-coming Frederick football program.
Executing the small details, dazzling with big plays — it's all been part of a dominating run not many outside the program saw coming from the Warriors.
Brandon Hornby took back the opening kickoff and Jake Green connected with Dylan Sindelar on an 80-yard touchdown on Frederick's first touch of the second half, lifting the Warriors to a 41-23 win over Holy Family on Friday night.
Players and coaches celebrated with their traveling fans after their fifth-straight blowout win. Then, they headed to the locker room to dance.
"We knew that this game was circled to see where we were at as a program," Frederick coach Travis Peeples said. "We're right where we want to be. This program is on the rise."
Frederick (6-1, 2-0 3A Northern Metro), which improved to 6-4 in 2017 after netting just two wins in its three previous year, has something special brewing in Peeples' second year in charge. As of now, it looks like it'll be hard to miss the first team out of this week's 3A CHSAANow Poll.
"This feels great," Sindelar said. "Every day at practice everyone is happy, everyone is picking everyone up. It's a loving relationship with the whole team."
Trey O'Dell had 87 yards on the ground and Hornby added 62 to lead Frederick, which rushed for 269 yards as a team. Green threw for 119 yards and Sindelar had a season-high 122 yards receiving.
The Warriors scored 21 straight points in the third quarter to push their lead to 41-17. Sindelar got behind the defense and Green found him for the long score on Frederick's first offensive play in the quarter. The big, 210-pound receiver corralled the ball near the Warriors' own 30 and stayed inbounds with a quick tip-toe along the boundary before turning up field.
A drive later — on third-and-long on what had been a long, time-chewing drive for Frederick — Hornby took a pitch and threw a 33-yard score to Sindelar. And moments later, a fumble recovery set up a 9-yard touchdown by Sean Holbrook.
"Everything is seeming to click now," Hornby said.
Holy Family's Kyle Helbig came back from a leg injury that forced him to miss the second half against Denver North last weekend as well as practice this week. The senior threw for 307 yards and had touchdown tosses of 62 yards to Devin Doroff and 58 to Braedon Peters in the opening half.
Helbig, usually a two-way player for the Tigers, was restricted to offensive duties for the injury-riddled Tigers (5-2, 1-1). Holy Family is looking to get healthy ... fast.
"We've overcome a lot of adversity already this year," Holy Family coach Mike Gabriel said. "And our expectation is to continue to do so."
The Warriors recovered two fumbles in the first half and scored 1-yard runs from Trey O'Dell and Dante Ciaravola gave Frederick a 20-10 lead midway through the second quarter. Helbig, though, responded with a dazzling long pass to Peters to cut the lead to 20-17. The junior receiver got a step on his defender down the sideline and hauled in the perfectly-placed throw for his fifth TD reception of the season.
The Warriors' mix of devastating strikes to go with a controlling rushing attack led to a dominating third. With it, Frederick beat Holy Family for a second straight season.
"This is one we'll look hard at," Gabriel said. "We're better than what we showed tonight and I think our kids need to see that."
Holy Family and Frederick traded offensive punches in the opening 1:29 of the game.
The Warriors struck first when Hornby took the opening kickoff 95 yards — Frederick's first kickoff return for a score this season. Holy Family then tied things up 1:14 later when Helbig threw to Doroff around midfield and the senior receiver sprinted untouched along the home sideline.
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Frederick 41, Holy Family 23
At Mike G. Gabriel Football StadiumFrederick (6-1)713210—41Holy Family (5-2)10706—23
Frederick — Brandon Hornby 95 kickoff return (Luke Dunker kick). Holy Family — Devin Doroff 62 pass from Kyle Helbig (Liam Gray kick). Holy Family — Gray 35 field goal.
Frederick — Trey O'Dell 1 run (Dunker kick). Frederick — Dante Ciaravola 1 run (no kick). Holy Family — Braedon Peters 58 pass from Helbig (Gray kick).
Frederick — Dylan Sindelar 80 pass from Jake Green (Dunker kick). Frederick — Sindelar 33 pass from Hornby (Dunker kick). Frederick — Sean Holbrook 9 run (Dunker kick).
Holy Family — Sebastian Dalton 4 run (no kick).
RUSHING — Frederick: Brandon Hornby 12-62, Trey O'Dell 10-87, Dante Ciaravola 9-74, Gavin Self 5-12, Jake Green 4-13, Sean Holbrook 3-22, Michael Espindola 1-3, Dylan Sindelar 1-(minus-4). Holy Family: Trevin Johnson 15-82, Sebastian Dalton 10-64, Kyle Helbig 9-(minus-34), Davis Martinek 3-12, Ben Nappe 1-8.
PASSING — Frederick: Green 4-8-1-119, Horby 1-1-1-33. Holy Family: Helbig 14-35-2-307, Braedon Peters 1-1-0-18, Martinek 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Frederick: Sindelar 3-122, Ciaravola 1-25, Dominick Schlief 1-5, . Holy Family: Peters 5-136, Devin Doroff 3-98, Nappe 2-26, Martinek 1-40, Josh Baker 1-16, Dalton 1-4, Johnson 1-5.