By: Rich Bontrager
TheSouthernSportsEdition.com news services
For the third straight week in a row, the Frederica Knights football squad blew out their opponent.
With the win, the Knights have earned the chance to be GISA Champs.
In spite a game time starting temperature of 41 degrees, with windy and damp conditions, the Knights hit the field red hot.
Frederica received the opening kickoff and marched right down the field. The drive was capped off with a score as Jaylin Simpson (QB) threw a 25-yard TD pass to Denver Anthony. The extra point was no good as the Knights enjoyed a 6-0 lead.
The Heritage Hawks would respond with a quick score off their first play from the line of scrimmage. Henry Arnall (QB) threw a 55-yard TD pass as a receiver found an open lane on the visitor’s side of the field. Heritage would take the lead with the extra point, making it 6-7.
The quick TD had everyone in attendance wondering if this was a sign of an epic battle in the making.
The fact is the Knight’s defense would shut Heritage down cold the rest of the evening. With the outstanding defensive play, the Knight’s offense would find themselves with great field position and score at will. Frederica would post 39 points in the first half alone.
First half scoring included 2 TD runs by Isaiah Jackson (RB), plus other rushing touchdowns by Jashawn Sheffield (WR), Denver Anthony (RB), Harry Veal (RB).
Much of the reason the Knights could score so well was due to the offensive line pushing down field, while creating massive run holes and lanes for the running backs.
As Frederica went into half-time with a 39-7 lead, the question hung in the cold air, would the Knight’s come out cold and lose another semi-final game? Frederica would silence all doubters as series after series, the Hawks would be sacked, fumble, lose yardage and never have a sustained drive in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Knights would add 14 more points on to the scoreboard.
Senior (LB) Harry Veal had an exceptional night on both offense and defense. Veal would sack Henry Arnall, get an interception, and almost score.
Veal was an example of the entire Frederica Knights football teams focus and determination to advance to the Championship game next week.
Before the Knight’s left the field, they knew they would be playing John Milledge Academy for the second time this season, and have a shot at claiming their second GISA title.
The Knights will travel to Mercer University next Friday night for a special 8 pm start time.