North Fremont topped Melba 48-38 Friday on the road in a back-and-forth game.
After trading leads all game, the Husky defense stepped up and forced a punt midway through the fourth quarter then forced a four and out on the next play.
With about a minute left up two on fourth and goal at the ten, quarterback Jordan Lenz threw a pass that bounced off of a Melba defenders hands as he stepped into the passing lane. Wide receiver Angell Romero snagged the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.
“It was one of those. It was going to be their possession with under a minute left and we just kind of ensured the victory with that,” said North Fremont head coach Ben Lenz. “It was that much more exciting to know that we had the opportunity to seal it with a two-point.”
Lenz then took the ball off tackle for a two-point conversion putting the Huskies up by two scores with less than 50 seconds on the clock.
The Huskies rushed for 364 yards in total. Jordan Lenz led the way with 150 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, AJ Hill added 103 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown, Carson Packer added 83 yards on nine carries for touchdowns and Hank Richardson added 28 yards on two carries.
North’s young but improving offensive line played a key role in the Huskies’ offensive success.
“From last week, I feel like we got a bigger push up front,” Lenz said. “We were able to establish the line of scrimmage even with their linebackers stepped up and their safeties up in the box. We were able to still maintain that line of scrimmage as far as getting a good push. The running backs just found the seam and were able to get big holes.”
Jordan Lenz went 4 of 7 passing for 63 yards. Romero caught two passes for 35 yards and the game clinching TD, tight end Dax Cherry caught a pass for 20 yards and Richardson caught one for eight yards.
North Fremont had some trouble stopping Melba’s offense but the Husky defense ultimately made stops when they needed to.
“Defensively, we didn’t have our best game,” Lenz said. “Playing against the wing T I felt we probably could have been a little bit better. But when it mattered the most the kids stepped up and made big plays down the stretch and late in that fourth quarter.”
Beating Melba on the road after travelling nearly five hours west provided a confidence boost for the young team.
“We went into that game knowing that Melba was going to be a big challenge for us,” Lenz said. “Playing on the road and the weather being a little warmer than we’re used to. I think our kids took a lot of confidence from that game. They learned a lot from the week before. I think every week we’re going to get better and better with such a young group of kids where their effort is there. They’re learning a lot in the short amount of time.”