DENVER — The Frederick football team has been building momentum in recent years and as a result, has set big goals for itself this fall.
Even during a game in which they were rarely tested, the Warriors’ focus on not taking any steps backwards was on full display Thursday night.
On the road in Denver for a non-conference game, the Warriors (3-1) dismantled the Lincoln Lancers (1-3) at All-City Stadium to stay on a roll to open the season. The final score was 47-6 and, excluding a rivalry loss to No. 1-ranked Erie, the Warriors have now picked up their first three wins of the season by a 138-18 differential.
“I think tonight was just laser focus by our kids,” Frederick head coach Travis Peeples said. “They came in and just did what we asked them to do all week. That was a good team. They have some big, strong kids. We just jumped on them quick and it was a little lopsided tonight. But it was one night and it just shows how excited our kids are about getting to the next level.”
After Brandon Hornby scored to cap a six-play drive that opened the game, Frederick’s Riley Dufour blocked a punt on the Lancers’ first drive of the game. Two plays later, Sean Holbrook scored on a 23-yard run. The Frederick defense forced another three-and-out and 10 plays later, Dante Ciaravola scored from eight yards out two give the Warriors a 21-0 lead just two plays into the second quarter.
Recovering a fumble on the following kickoff, Holbrook’s third touchdown of the season gave the Warriors a 28-point lead and Ciaravola scored a second time to put the Warriors up 35 after Logan Robinson forced a fumble with a sack at the Lincoln 8-yard line.
After the Warriors defense pushed the Lancers back four yards on their next drive, Hornby returned a punt 49 yards to put the Warriors up 41-0 and incite the mercy rule running clock with 9 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first half. The Warriors held the Lancers to 15 yards of total offense on 18 plays in the first half.
The Warriors entered Thursday night’s game averaging over 350 rushing yards per game but needed just 175 yards of total offense to score 41 points against the Lancers. Lancers quarterback Jared Hodison had passed for 742 yards through three games but the Warriors held him and a pair of big-play receivers to just 79 passing yards on Thursday.
“We changed some things up and we prepared for this game as hard as we’ve prepared any week this season,” Peeples said. “We had a great game plan and we executed it. Our defensive backs did a great job. We at least didn’t let them catch a go route and that helped us put together a great effort from our defense overall.”
The Lancers finally got on the scoreboard when Hodison, who also plays defense, returned a Warriors fumble 61 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left in the third quarter.
The Warriors will host Littleton (0-3) next Friday.
Frederick 47, Lincoln 6
At All-City Stadium
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Frederick — Brandon Hornby 25 run (Luke Dunker kick). Frederick — Sean Holbrook 23 run (Dunker kick).
Frederick — Dante Ciaravola 8 run (Dunker kick). Frederick — Holbrook 2 run (Dunker kick). Frederick — Ciaravola 5 run (Dunker kick). Frederick — Hornby 49 punt return (kick missed).
Lincoln — Jared Hodison 61 fumble return (pass incomplete). Frederick — Blake Duran 54 run (kick missed).
RUSHING — Frederick: Brandon Hornby 4-42, Dante Ciaravola 6-31, Trey O’Del 3-15, Sean Holbrook 3-25, Tyler Weston 2-23, Mikey Esplindola 4-12, Parker Ayers 2-9, Blake Duran 1-54, Colin Evans 1-2, Dominick Schlief 1-1; Lincoln: Jared Hodison 7-(-13), Isiah Albright 2-(-3).
PASSING — Frederick: Jake Green 5-7-0-59; Lincoln: Jared Hodison 5-17-1-79.
RECEIVING — Frederick: Jovanny Lechuga 2-23, Dante Ciaravola 2-10, Trey O’Dell 1-11, Isaac Zavala 1-5; Lincoln: Jacob Wise 2-35, Isiah Albright 2-34, Dominic Maestas 1-10.