WRENTHAM — With Shane Frommer leading the way once again, the top-seeded King Philip bested Bridgewater-Raynham, 29-19, in the Division 2 South final to advance to its second consecutive Super Bowl.
Playing at home on a frigid Friday night, Frommer carried 29 times for 203 yards and three scores, including a go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter and a game-clinching 8-yard scamper late in the fourth.
The 5-foot-11-inch senior captain also spearheaded the defense at middle linebacker, as the Warriors were able to shut out the third-seeded Trojans in the second half.
King Philip (10-0), which has now recorded 23 consecutive victories, will defend its state title against Lincoln-Sudbury (10-0) in the Division 2 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.
“Seeing them work during the summertime, I wondered if this was the same caliber team as last year,” King Philip coach Brian Lee said of this group, “But they have something inside them, something special, and they come to play.”
Bridgewater-Raynham (8-2) opened the scoring with an 11-play scoring drive that took nearly seven minutes of the clock, capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Corey Sullivan to Jeff Ciccio.
However, the Warriors responded. Junior Jack Webster scored from 1-yard out on fourth down.
After B-R’s Devante Greaves scored from 2 yards out, Frommer ripped off a 65-yard touchdown on the first play of the Warriors’ next drive.
A 75-yard pass from Sullivan to Ciccio set up a 1-yard touchdown run for the Trojans quarterback to put B-R ahead, 19-14, heading into halftime.
Then Frommer took over. He capped a 69-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard run and ran in the 2-point conversion to put KP up, 22-19.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Yale-bound senior broke up a pass on fourth down to regain possession for his Warriors. He sealed the game with an 8-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 1:56 to play.
“Ever since we started back in the summer we knew it was a new team, but we had the same goal as last year,” said Frommer. “Everyone keeps doubting us, but our goal is to prove them wrong.”
“[Frommer] doesn’t say much, all he does is work hard and grind,” Lee added of his star player. “He’s tough as hell and I love him. He’s fun to coach.”Nate Weitzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.