FOXBOROUGH — Twenty-five. That number represents not only the amount of consecutive games the King Philip football has won, but it is the number stitched into the jersey of senior Shane Frommer — a jersey that now shall be remembered in program history.
Even playing with a hip pointer, the 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound tailback, was again the difference Friday night — rushing for 137 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. But it was sophomore kicker Cole Baker who lofted a 30-yard field goal through the uprights with 1:36 remaining that ultimately gave King Philip a 10-7 victory over Lincoln-Sudbury at Gillette Stadium for its second consecutive Super Bowl.
“It is so much sweeter this year as seniors,” said Frommer.
“This senior class is just special. We are all brothers. It really is a brotherhood. We came out and we won it together.”
With less than two minutes remaining, King Philip (12-0) made the most pivotal play of the game. Junior linebacker Jake Webster came off the edge from the blindside of Lincoln-Sudbury junior Braden O’Connell and forced a strip sack that was recovered by senior Evan Rice at the L-S 27-yard line.
King Philip limited a Lincoln-Sudbury offense that came into the contest averaging more than 40 points per game to 7.
“Seven points. That is our kids’ heart and our coaches’ preparation. Nobody works harder than my staff,” said King Philip coach Brian Lee. “We are so lucky here. Just so lucky. So I knew when we got that strip sack we were going to win it. I just knew it right then and there that it was over.”
After a couple of third-down conversions following the turnover, the King Philip drive stalled, and the game rested on the right leg of Baker.
Baker, who missed a 39-yard attempt wide left on the previous drive, drilled this one right down the middle.
“I was over at my kicking net going over it on the sideline,” said Baker.
“I just went out there and redid it just like I did it on the sideline. It worked.”
Lincoln-Sudbury (11-1) had a game plan and it was executed to perfection in the first half. Lincoln-Sudbury used more than seven minutes of the first quarter in a 14-play scoring drive that was capped by junior Matt Cunningham’s 18-yard touchdown reception from O’Connell.
Defensively, Lincoln-Sudbury kept Frommer bottled up — limiting the Yale-bound back to 40 yards on eight carries through the first two quarters.
But the second half belonged to the resilient senior.
King Philip took the first drive of second half into the end zone on the legs of Frommer, who rushed down the sideline from 13 yards out.
King Philip 10, Lincoln-Sudbury 7
at Gillette Stadium
King Philip (12-0)
LS — Matt Cunningham 18 pass from Braden O'Connell (kick)
KP — Shane Frommer 13 run (kick)
KP — Cole Baker 30 field goal
RUSHING — KP, Shane Frommer 22-137, Brendan Lydon 4-12, Jack Webster 4-7, Robert Jarest 1-1; LS, Andrew Marshall 10-38, James Dillon 6-11, Braden O'Connell 8-4
PASSING — KP, Robert Jarest 1-1-0-37; LS, Braden O'Connell 5-12-0-69
RECEIVING — KP, Thomas Madden 1-37; LS, Harrison Gross 3-50, Matt Cunningham 2-19Karl Capen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.