FREDERICK — Silver Creek lost nearly every statistical category but the scoreboard.
Frederick outgained the Raptors, had the ball more and ran more offensive plays but the Warriors couldn’t do one thing — score.
The Raptors took advantage of five Frederick turnovers and made the most of their own possessions in a 24-0 win over the Warriors on Friday night.
“They didn’t make mistakes and we did. It’s that simple,” Frederick coach Thad Lear said. “Turnovers and penalties, if you look at those differences in those statistics, it tells the story.”
Frederick (3-2) had its chances to score but couldn’t cash in. Twice the Raptors intercepted passes in the red zone, and when they got the ball deep they scored.
“As long as they don’t get into the end zone it doesn’t matter what happens in between,” Silver Creek coach Mike Apodaca said.
The tone was set early. The Warriors had a 22-4 advantage in offensive plays in the first quarter yet Silver Creek held a 7-0 lead.
“It was crucial we did have the seven points on the board,” Anthony Emberley said. “They had a lot of momentum in the first quarter.
Emberley was the reason Silver Creek had those seven points. After KC Rivera caught a 2-yard pass, Emberley put a hard hit on him, forced a fumble and ran it back for a 42-yard score.
“After I wrapped him up the first thing that came to my mind was to get the ball,” Emberley said. “I pulled on it and sure enough it came out.”
When the second quarter started, the Raptors got their offense going. Quarterback Ben Sjobakken directed an 11-play drive that ended with a Ryan Charles’ 45-yard field goal.
It looked like it would stay that way after the Warriors’ drive stalled at Silver Creek’s 14 with a little more than two minutes remaining. The Raptors didn’t run out the clock and instead got aggressive. Sjobakken hit Zane Lindsey for 25 yards and Trey Fleming for 34 yards to give Silver Creek a first and goal at the 10. Two plays later Josh Quiroz ran it in to make it 17-0.
“We told the kids we were coming to win, not to lose, and we were going to take shots,” Apodaca said. “We got a big explosive play out of Ben and Trey and we were able to convert after that.”
The Warriors had a chance to score late in the first half when Jaron Balman broke off a 63-yard run to the Silver Creek 8 but a holding call brought the ball back to the 39.
It was one of 11 penalties for 89 yards that hurt the Warriors.
“Again, too many mistakes,” Lear said
The Raptors clinched it when Sjobakken hit a wide-open Lindsey with a 1-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
SILVER CREEK 24, FREDERICK 0
At Frederick HS
Silver Creek (5-0) 7 10 7 0 — 24
Frederick (3-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Silver Creek — Anthony Emberley 42 fumble return (Ryan Charles kick)
Silver Creek — Charles 45 FG.
Silver Creek — Josh Quiroz 10 run (Charles kick)
Silver Creek — Zane Lindsey 1 pass from Ben Sjobakken (Charles kick).
First downs 11 17
Rushes-yards 26-86 41-173
Passing yards 81 119
Comp-Att-Int 7-11-0 12-27-3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 5-2
Penalties-Yards 7-60 11-89
RUSHING — Silver Creek: Josh Quiroz 20-81, Kyle Kent 4-6, Anthony Emberley 1-2, Ben Sjobakken 1-(-3); Frederick: Jacob Sleeth 14-72, Jaron Balmon 14-59, KC Rivera 6-34, Michael Broz 1-8, Ryan Miller 4-6, Xavier Lindberg 1-3, Zach Gomez 1-1.
PASSING — Silver Creek: Sjobakken 7-11-0-86; Frederick: Balmon 12-25-3-119, Broz 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: Zane Lindsey 3-39, Trey Fleming 1-34, Brock Ricks 3-13; Frederick: Sleeth 3-52, Broz 5-39, Gomez 1-15, Joe Wise 2-11, Rivera 1-2.