For the second consecutive week, Frederica Academy’s football team scored 60 points. Unlike last week shootout however, the game against Bethlehem Christian wasn’t really in doubt.
Frederica evened its record to 2-2 for the season, handily defeating Bethlehem Christian Academy 60-21 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score showed.
Frederica started fast, jumping out to a 27-0 lead after the first quarter.
They scored on the first possession, moving the ball down the field on a steady diet of running plays until starting quarterback Denver Anthony connected with Harry Veal for a 27-yard touchdown and an early 6-0 lead after a missed extra point.
Josh Meadows intercepted a Bethlehem pass on the second play of the next possession to give Frederica good field position on the Bethlehem 35-yard line. Four plays later, Anthony scored on at 25-yard run to give his team a 13-0 lead.
The Knights surprised Bethlehem on the next play by successfully converting an onside kick to give them the ball just past midfield. Eight plays later, Isaiah Jackson scored on a 5-yard run to give Frederica a 20-0 lead.
Frederica stopped Bethlehem on its next possession after failing to convert a fake punt, leaving the Knights in great field position on the 28-yard line. Jackson scored again on the next play, for a commanding lead at the end of the first quarter.
After the first drive of the second quarter stalled for Bethlehem, the Knights got the ball back at midfield and scored five plays later on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Anthony to Jashawn Sheffield to increase the lead to 34-0.
Bethlehem got on the scoreboard midway through the quarter at midfield on a fourth down and 10 yards to go pass completion from quarterback Jacob Adams to Ty Whiting to make the score 34-7.
Frederica responded late in the half after Anthony was moved to running bak and replaced at quarterback by J.T. Elliott. Anthony showed his versatility by scoring on a 45-yard run to increase the lead to 40-7 just before halftime.
Frederica received the ball to open the second half, moving the ball down the field in 12 plays, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by Elliott to increase the lead to 47-7.
After holding Bethlehem on its first possession of the half, Frederica got the ball at midfield and scored seven plays later on a 10-yard touchdown run by Sheffield for a 54-7 score.
Bethlehem cut into the lead on its next possession on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Eliel Saint Lewis for a 54-14 score.
Anthony returned the following kickoff, but it was called back to the Bethlehem 38 yard line on a holding call. Thomas Veal scored five plays later on an eight yard run to make the score 60-14 after a missed extra point.
With most of the starters on the sidelines, Tanner Schwebel returned the following kickoff 98 yards to narrow the Frederica lead to 60-21.
Jackson ended the game with 155 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Anthony completed seven of 10 passes, two of them for touchdowns. He also carried the ball nine times for 108 yards and two running touchdowns.
After the game, Frederica coach Brandon Derrick praised the team for a strong performance on both offense and defense.
“We took care of our business tonight,” he said. “We had great execution. We’re moving the ball all over the place.”
He told players it is time to “stake our claim” as a good football team that has played a tough schedule this season. Derrick said every available player saw playing time and he was pleased with the effort of the younger players.
“Everyone got on the field tonight,” he said. “I thought Denver executed well. He’s a natural runner.”
Frederica goes on the road next week to face Augusta Prep.