There’s no secret to stopping Frederick football.
Led by senior Jake Green at quarterback, they’re going to run the ball. After the first dose of their rushing attack, they’re quick to provide a second and third helping.
Against Thomas Jefferson, they rushed for 370 yards en route to a 45-14 win in their Class 3A first-round playoff matchup Friday at Frederick High. Their leader, once again, was Green. The victory captured their first 10-win season in program history.
“(Green’s) an exceptional player, (he has) an exceptional work ethic and he’s an exceptional kid,” Frederick head coach Travis Peeples said. “Everything that he has, he’s worked for. Nothing’s been given to him.”
The three scoring drives in the first half for Frederick all had a common trend: a heavy rushing attack. Across the three drives, the Warriors ran the ball a whopping 16 times to only six passes. In their 10 total drives, they ran the ball 41 times. All six of their scores also came on the ground.
In the playoffs, the one plan that doesn’t need a backup is a solid running game. Across 10 regular-season games, the Warriors rushed for 336.5 yards per game – the second-best mark across the state, division notwithstanding.
“In high school football, most teams that go to state championships and win are teams that run the ball,” Peeples said. “We run it and impose our will.”
A week to prepare for the Spartans gave Frederick an opportunity to reboot and refine the run game after its lone loss — last week to Mead — in which it only mustered 248 yards. Led by Green’s 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns, they found their rhythm again.
“We have so many different formations, it’s hard to stop what we do,” Green said. “My O-line and my teammates’ physicality really helped me to get my success.”
The offense was leaned on even more with the Warriors’ defense fighting through penalties all night. Their four defensive pass interference calls marred what would’ve been multiple stoppages of the Spartans.
Once the Spartans were given additional life, they utilized senior Ethan Rollins as a typically worthy counter. The Warriors held the back to 49 rushing yards.
All of their success stemmed from a boost after sticking with Mead – the state’s ninth-best overall team and top 3A team.
“We thought we could go toe-to-toe with Mead and we did,” Peeples said. “It brought our guys some confidence… Our kids thought we were as good (as Mead) and so we came out today and took it out on the opponent.”
The next chance for Frederick to get revenge comes next weekend against the winner of Discovery Canyon and Roosevelt.