Frederica Academy will face a familiar foe when GISA Region 2-3A opponent Trinity Christian comes to town today. Coach Brandon Derrick expects to see a familiar tactic from the Crusaders.
“Trinity’s big up front,” Derrick said. “They’ve got a very accurate and athletic quarterback, and a couple of athletic receivers. They’re going to try to run the football at us and pound us up front.”
The beef on Trinity’s offensive and defensive lines is led by Caelan Williams — a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive and defensive tackle who has committed to play at Georgia Southern.
Trinity won’t be the first team to try to push the Knights around up front. A lot of teams have tested Frederica’s stoutness in the trenches.
The Knights counter their lack of size with speed and quickness that has pushed Frederica to a 5-2 record so far this season and 2-0 in region play.
“We’re not very big up front so everybody tries to line up and use our size against us,” Derrick said. “But we use our speed very, very well. If we do what we’re supposed to do and play fast, we’ll put them in a bind.”
Frederica’s offense has been giving teams headaches the last five games — all wins by the Knights. In that span, Derrick’s offense is averaging more than 50 points per game.
The plethora of options at the skill positions have been too much for the last five opponents to handle.
In last week’s win over Westfield School, quarterback Jaylin Simpson was responsible for five of the first six touchdowns of the game.
He threw two touchdown passes, ran for another, returned an interception for a touchdown before wrapping it up with another touchdown strike.
Denver Anthony ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass while Josh Meadows and newly-minted Under Armour All-American Jashawn Sheffield also caught a touchdown pass.
Defensively, the Knights had one of their best games, holding Westfield to just three points.
“We keep it simple,” Derrick said. “One of our biggest thing is not to have too big of an elaborate design where our kids are thinking and trying to play, just go play. Read it and go. When you can use the speed we’ve got on the field and not think about using that speed, it really helps.”
This will be the fifth meeting between Trinity and Frederica.
After losing their first meeting in 2013, the Knights have won three straight in the series.
The Crusaders enter with a 4-2 record and have won three straight games after starting the season 1-2 with a win over Brentwood School in their season opener and losses to Gatewood School and John Milledge Academy before the winning streak.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. on St. Simons Island.