PLAY OF THE GAME: Junior Shawn Brown opened the scoring by burning the Frederica secondary over the top on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Christian Reid. Then, in the second quarter, Brown flipped the momentum with an interception and 40-yard return to set up a score.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Trey Reid had a career night in his second-to-last game as a Crusader. The senior rushed 15 times for 260 yards and scored on runs of 34, 75 and 76 yards. The last one put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter.
WHY CURTIS BAPTIST WON: The offense was remarkably consistent in moving the ball. The Crusaders totaled 530 yards and 16 first downs, with the second half numbers almost mirroring those from the first half (249 yards and eight first downs).
WHY FREDERICA ACADEMY LOST: The defending state champion Knights were outmatched on both sides of the ball. On offense, standout quarterback Max Bourne could not solve the Crusaders’ defense, as he finished with only 69 rushing yards and a paltry 16 passing yards on 18 attempts.
QUOTABLE: “I never got that (many yards) before. Coach just kept giving me the ball, and I kept running with it. … I had fumbled earlier, but I remember when coach told me last week to just bounce back. He told me you’re always going to have adversity, but just keep going.” – Senior running back Trey Reid on running for more than 200 yards while leading Curtis Baptist to the state championship game.
NEXT: Curtis Baptist (11-2) vs. Robert Toombs Christian Academy in the GISA Class A state championship game at Mercer University, on Nov. 30.