Frederica Academy got its first win of the season last week in a shootout with Lanier County. Now Frederica eyes its first home win of the season.
The Knights (1-2) won 60-40 thanks to a strong running game featuring Isaiah Jackson, who tallied for total touchdowns. A physical offensive line that is playing well led to the decision to run the ball more last week, said head football coach Brandon Derrick.
“We started running the ball a lot against Lanier County,” he said. “Our offensive line is starting to jell.”
Tonight’s opponent Bethlehem Christian can expect more of the same when it comes to the offense, Derrick said.
The two teams have faced each other in the past, most recently in 2016 when the Knights won 52-21. Derrick said the teams have many similarities and match up well.
“I know they are big,” he said. “They’ve got good athletes and have a good running game. A lot of the kids play both ways.”
The key to beating Bethlehem Christian is to play good defense and stop the running game. On offense, the team needs to eliminate turnovers to compete against the visiting Knights.
The team will be missing as many as five players to injury but they are all expected to recover and be back on the field in coming games, Derrick said.
The last time the Knights played at home, the players learned a painful lesson when they complained about the referees calling an incomplete pass on the Valwood two yard line with less than a minute to go in a scoreless game.
One player was ejected and two unsportsman penalties were called, moving the ball back to midfield and forcing the game into overtime. After the loss in overtime, Derrick told his players it was his job to complain about bad calls, not the players.
“I told them to just be quiet,” he said. “Nothing you say or do will change the outcome. The kids took that to heart.”