Friday, November 10, 2017

Shane Frommer Leads King Philip Back to D2 Super Bowl

By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

WRENTHAM — As Shane Frommer exited the postgame huddle with his teammates, his pads were covered in blood. Full smiles, panting in excitement through the freezing cold air, the King Philip running back could not have cared less about the red on his gold and green uniform.

In a near replica of last year's sectional final, Frommer ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night to lead No. 1 King Philip to a 29-19 win over No. 3 Bridgewater-Raynham in the Division 2 South Sectional Final at King Philip Regional High School.

The win advances the defending state champion Warriors (10-0) to their second straight Super Bowl while also increasing their winning streak to 23 games.

Frommer’s performance was similar to his in last year sectional final where he ran for over 190 yards and two scores in the Warriors 33-28 win over the Trojans.

“Our goal is to get another ring obviously,” said Frommer. “Coach (Brian) Lee got us ready. The offensive line up front did a great job. Everyone just did everything they could until the clock hit zero.”

Trailing 22-19 with less than 10 minutes to play, Bridgewater-Raynham got the ball back at their own nine looking for one last opportunity to get revenge.

The Trojans proceeded to go on a drive that last nearly five minutes long and included a fourth and 1 completion from Corey Sullivan to Jeff Ciccio to keep the drive alive.

On fourth and 10 from their own 45, however, Sullivan’s pass was broken up by Frommer turning the ball over to KP.

A trio of Frommer runs that went for 30 combined yards forced Bridgewater-Raynham to use the remainder of their timeouts.

Facing a fourth and one from the Trojan’s seven-yard line, Warriors’ head coach Brian Lee elected to go for it in an effort to ice the game.

Lee turned to his main star in Frommer who took the handoff, got to the outside and crossed the goal line for his third and final score of the contest to send King Philip to the state final.

“It means everything,” said Lee. “You’re in the summer working and you don’t know whether you have the same caliber team. They have something inside of them though. It’s something special.”

In the first half it looked as Bridgewater-Raynham was going to be the team that finished with a monster night offensively.

Sullivan went into the break having completed 8-of-13 passes for 192 yards and two total touchdowns.

The latter of those two touchdowns came late in the second quarter as after Sullivan hit Ciccio for a 75 yard reception, the senior quarterback kept it himself for a one-yard keeper to hand the Trojans a 19-14 lead at the half.

As has become accustomed over their winning streak, the second half belonged to the Warriors.

On their first drive out of the intermission, King Philip senior quarterback Brenda Lydon hit Thomas Madden for a 41-yard reception that set up a 2 yard touchdown run by Frommer. Frommer’s ensuing two-point conversion increased King Philip’s lead to 22-19.

Defensively, meanwhile, the Warriors were relentless preventing B-R from getting any momentum once the third quarter began.

In the second half the Warriors held Sullivan to just 8-of-21 while also intercepting a pass.

That interception came courtesy of junior linebacker Jack Webster on the Trojan’s final drive of the night.

I switch to man press and just was lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” said Webster. “It was a sigh of relief the boys are finally back.”

Bridgewater-Raynham’s dynamic running back duo of Devante Greaves and Bryce Shaw was never able to fully get into a rhythm due in part to injuries that each of them sustained over the course of the game.

Still, King Philip’s front seven did an impressive job against a physical Trojans ground and pound style of offense.

Greaves and Shaw were held to less than 100 yards on the ground.

“(Bridgewater-Raynham) definitely got beat down a little bit,” said Lee. “(Sullivan) was definitely limping and their backfield was dinged up. Our guys really stepped up though and got after it.”

Lee’s team will get to go after it at Gillette Stadium once again as the Warriors will take on Division 2 North champion Lincoln-Sudbury in an effort to win their second consecutive state championship

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