ST FRED MAKES HISTORY! HEADED TO THE DOME!
Courtesy of the News Star / By Cody Futrell
When the 2013 season began, few outside the fieldhouse at Chip Luffey Field believed the St. Frederick Warriors would come close to having the dream season they have had.
The Warriors will keep on dreaming another week, and those that don’t know about these feisty Warriors take notice: St. Frederick is headed to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to face No. 1 Vermilion Catholic.
No. 6 St. Frederick downed No. 7 Southern Lab 19-6 Friday to earn its first football state finals berth in school history.
Senior quarterback Seth Christian ran for two touchdowns and intercepted a pass on defense, his third of the playoffs, to lead the Warriors to victory.
“These seniors have been unbelievable the last few weeks,” St. Frederick coach Jeff Tannehill said. “They got the team believing in what we were trying to do, and they just kept playing hard all year.”
In addition to Christian, running back Demone Jones had another big night, carrying 18 times for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Jones had the biggest offensive play of the night when he bolted for a 66-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Warriors (10-4) up 13-0.
Just as they have throughout the playoffs, the St. Frederick defense played another rock solid game. The Warriors held Southern Lab (6-8) without any points until quarterback Bladrick Veal found Curlan Williams for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter.
Much of the night for Veal was spent running from an onslaught of Warrior defenders and being frustrated by turnovers.
Veal completed just 10 of 26 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The Kittens also gave up two fumbles and a turnover on downs when a fake punt was stopped short.
“We knew coming in how good (Southern Lab was),” St. Frederick senior linebacker Will Daniels said. “We had to contain (Veal), keep him quiet tonight.”
Christian made the game-changing interception in the final two minutes at the one-yard line that put the game away. All of the interceptions by the Warrior defense came inside the 10-yard line Friday (Including one by Daniel Ellender and another by Mitchell Webb. Editor's Note) .
“(Defensive coordinator Billy) Bell has done a tremendous job with our defense,” Tannehill said. “They bent, but never would break. They have just been great the last few weeks for us, they have been huge.”