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The Frederick Bombers traveled west across the state line into Texas to take on the Wellington Skyrockets. The Skyrockets are ranked No. 2 in Texas after making a run to the state finals last year.
The Bombers showed up trying to prove something to themselves, and for the first series looked up to the task of stopping the Skyrockets. Stopping the Skyrockets on the first possession 4th down was a big boost for the Bombers, and coach Bret Tyler felt it was a good time to swing for the fences; the Bombers’ opening play was a shot down the field to a wide-open Diego Reyes, but the Gustavo Gaytan thrown ball had just a little too much air under it sailing out of reach of Reyes.
After not being able to sustain a drive on the ground, the Skyrockets moved to the air with three wide receivers over 6’1” tall. They moved the ball down and scored on the Bombers. The Skyrockets scored three more times before the Bombers threatened the endzone, as the Bombers could not find an answer for the passing game of Wellington.
Early in the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Zac Mathews connected on a screen pass to Reyes that went for 50+ yards to put the Bombers down inside the 10-yard line. Mathews went on to score on the very next play as he followed runningback Malachi Newton around the right side into the endzone.
The Bombers scored again before half-time as quarterback Gustavo Gaytan scrambled into the endzone, but those two scores ended up being the only times the Bombers would cross the endzone, losing to the Skyrockets 44-10.
Next week the Bombers are scheduled to play host to Velma-Alma in their first home game of the season.
Homecoming festivities will be prior to the game, including a Homecoming parade that afternoon. It is also Reunion weekend in Frederick with several classes making the game as well as the Arts N’ Action on the courthouse lawn on Saturday. Frederick and the Bombers have a big week next Friday as they try to get back on track playing the hapless Comets.