Frederica Falls

By: Alex Mathis news services

This was a heavyweight title fight. Two of the best teams in GISA went toe to toe the entire 48 minutes and unfortunately the Knights ended up with the short end of the stick.

The Knights saw their season end in the semifinals against the Valwood Valiants by the score of 14-10.

Frederica led the entire game until the final 25 seconds. Afterwards, an emotional Coach Brandon Derrick told his team that he was proud of them.

He was proud of all the work that they have put in since May and up to this point. He was proud of how they fought through adversity and proved so many people wrong.

He told his Knights to remember the feeling of defeat because this is the feeling that will drive this team next year. The Knights get to match up against the Valiants week 1 next year.

Frederica’s offense was outstanding this season. The offensive line helped pave the way to nearly 350 yards a game.

Jaylin Simpson rushed for over 900 yards and Isaiah Jackson rushed for over 650 yards.

The Knights had a lot of success on the ground throughout the season. Frederica was able to have some success in the air as well as Simpson threw for over 800 yards during the season. These stats include missing two games because of Hurricane Irma.

Jashawn Sheffield led the Knights in the receiving category. He had over 500 yards on the year. Rett Thompson and Trace Dorminy also did a great job helping lead the way for rushers.

Frederica’s defense had its ups and downs during the season but seemed to peak at the right time. The Knights greatest outing came in the final game against the Valiants.

The Knights held the Valiants scoreless for 46 minutes. Valwood is a team that normally averages close to 40 points a game.

Frederica’s defense was led by stud linebacker Harry Veal. Veal was as physical as it gets all season long.

Deke Jernigan was also able to make a major impact from the linebacker position. Jernigan and Veal are a duo that will be a force to reckon with next year.

Santana Clark, Trace Dorminy, Jashawn Sheffield, and Rett Thompson also played great at the outside linebacker position during the season.

Cameron Gardner, Tyler Pierce, and Cole Hinson did a great job on the defensive line this season. They all made timely plays during the season.

Frederica’s secondary struggled at times during the season but finished the season well.

The injury to Patrick Brunson really changed the way Coach Burkett’s secondary looked.

Jaylin Simpson had to move to safety and JT Elliott had to move there as well. They were able to make a lot of plays during the season. The cornerback position was played by a lot of players including Avery Cobb, Josh Meadows, Jashawn Sheffield, Jackson Wetzler, and Isaiah Jackson.

The Knights finished their season 7-4(Missed two games due to hurricane). Frederica’s schedule does not get any easier next season.

They start the season off with Valwood and they also have Charlton County and possibly Brantley County on their schedule next year.

Coach Derrick knows how to get the best out of his players and next year will be no different.

The Knights will be hungrier next year. If you are a part of the Frederica family, you surely have a bad taste in your mouth after the way things ended last night.

The Knights lost that game themselves and will use their disappointment to fuel them next season.