Frederica Academy made a statement Friday, bludgeoning Trinity Christian 58-15 at home. With the win, the Knights moved to 6-2 on the season with a perfect 3-0 GISA Region 2-3A record.
Frederica took control of the game from the first whistle, scoring on eight of its first 11 offensive possessions. The Knights’ first-team offense was nearly unstoppable, amassing 532 total yards in the first half alone — 363 rushing yards and 169 through the air. Of the eight first half scoring drives, six took less than a minute.
“That’s playing pretty fast,” Knights coach Brandon Derrick said of his team’s eye-popping statistic. “That’s what we talk about doing with the no-huddle offense. Get up there, don’t let people get situated with what we’re doing and get the ball out fast to the perimeter.
“Once (opponents) start chasing us on the perimeter, we’ll run it up inside. We might break one here and there. I think the kids did a good job tonight, executing what we talked about all week.”
Senior running back Isiah Jackson led the way for the Knights on the ground, piling up 214 rushing yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half. Through the air, three of senior Jaylin Simpson’s four completions went for first-half scores to receivers Patrick Brunson, Jashawn Sheffield and Denver Anthony, respectively.
Simpson added another touchdown on the ground, as did Anthony, to end first half scoring. In the second half, Kyle Perez scampered in from 18-yards out to push the Knights to 58 points.
Not to be outdone, the Knights defense was equally impressive, dominating the line of scrimmage and applying constant pressure on the Crusaders quarterback David Coleman.
In the first half, Frederica’s defense forced five punts, snagged two interceptions, collected a fumble and forced two turnovers on downs. The only score for Trinity (4-3) was a 90-yard kickoff return by Walker Payne.
“Heading into the game, we knew some of their skill guys were pretty fast so we were just trying to contain the outside as much as we could and force everything inside.” said senior linebacker Harry Veal, who had two sacks and an interception against Trinity. “We’re really confident in our inside ‘backers and line.
“We put pressure on the quarterback a good bit and we’re pretty good at it. Whenever that happens, the quarterback is hurried and makes bad decisions which benefits us on defense.”
On the night, Trinity’s Coleman completed just six of 30 passes, although the Crusaders were able to score late in the game and convert at 2-point play to finish with 15 points.
“I thought the kids did a great job,” Derrick said of his defense.” We knew that if we got pressure on (the quarterback) that most times he was going to throw the ball out of bounds.”
With three weeks left in the regular season, the Knights will be treated with an off week before playing John Milledge Academy on Oct. 26 and Bulloch Academy on Nov. 2.
Derrick said he was happy to get a win and was eager for his team to get some rest before a late season push.
“We’ve got it set up right where we wanted to be,” Derrick said. “The offense is starting to play fast and the defense is doing its job.”