DENVER — Running back by committee? The Frederick Warriors darn near have that approach perfected.
In 2018, as they have now achieved a 7-1 mark on the strength of Saturday's 49-0 blowout win over Denver North at All City Stadium, the Warriors have a pool of six players with at least 200 rushing yards on the season.
While Brandon Hornby narrowly leads the way with 653 yards, he amassed three more touchdowns on Saturday to give him 13 this season. In that category he stands quite far ahead of his teammates.
But it matters little for the Warriors who is getting the credit. With two games to go — this week is going to be a short one — they are 3-0 in the Class 3A Northern League right alongside Mead.
"We're just keep fighting to do our best and do everything that our coaches ask us to do," Hornby said after his 95 yard-day which also included a memorable hit on along the sideline to break up a pass defensively. "It starts with great practices, and we all want more so we keep getting more.
"It's awesome to see everyone do their part."
Against the Vikings (5-3, 1-2), Frederick made it a two-team race for the league title with 419 rushing yards on the afternoon, and not a single one of the backs went over 100. Trey O'Dell managed 82 yards and a long touchdown, Dominick Schlief had 91 on just four rushes, and Sean Holbrook (38), Gavin Self (43) and Dante Ciarvola (45) all had hefty yards-per-carry averages.
Frederick initiated a running clock in the second quarter against the Vikings, and on defense FHS intercepted QB Erik Flores four times. Denver North had 280 yards of offense and knocked on the FHS goal line just one time. They failed on a fourth-down conversion, however, which paved the way for the shutout.
There was one FHS player who did eclipse 100 yards — junior tight end Dylan Sindelar needed just two catches to get 101 yards and a touchdown. Over the past two weeks, he's accounted for 233 yards and three scores.
It was his 65-yard catch-and-rumble in the second quarter that made it 28-0.
"We're getting more confident in the passing game which is great," Sindelar said. "Me and Jake just have a good connection going right now."
The Warriors play Skyview on Thursday, giving Frederick just four days (three dismissing mandatory idleness on Sunday) to prepare for the 2-6 Wolverines.
It's a tall order, but the Warriors feel like they are in a good place at the moment.
"We have a lot of good guys all around and we're confident that if any go down we have another guy ready to go," Sindelar said. "We have some guys beat up but it's all about resting up for this week. We can't take any teams lightly and we treat every game as a playoff game."
"You just come out and watch film and do everything you normally do to be ready," Hornby added.
Frederick 49, Denver North 0
At All City StadiumFrederick (7-1, 3-0)212170—49Denver North (5-3, 1-2)0000—0
Frederick — Trey O'Dell 59 run (pass failed). Frederick — Brandon Hornby 80 run (O'Dell kick). Frederick — Hornby 9 run (Luke Dunker kick).
Frederick — Dylan Sindelar 65 pass from Jake Green (Dunker kick). Frederick — Gavin Self 5 run (Dunker kick). Frederick — Green 20 run (Dunker kick).
Frederick — Hornby 2 run (Dunker kick).
RUSHING — Frederick: Brandon Hornby 5-95, Dominick Schlief 4-91, Trey O'Dell 4-82, Dante Ciarvola 5-45, Gavin Self 6-43, Jake Green 1-20, Blake Duran 1-3, Tyler Weston 1-2.
PASSING — Frederick: Green 5-7-0-152.
RECEIVING — Frederick: Dylan Sindelar 2-101, Angel Sigala 1-33, Schlief 1-18, Ciarvola 1-0.