After dominating their first game of the season last week, North Fremont’s game in Driggs came down to the final possession, but the Huskies pulled it out winning 16-14.
The Huskies started quickly, after shutting down Teton on the first possession of the game, North Fremont drove down the field and quarterback Luke Hill hit running back Jordan Lenz on a fly pattern for 40-yards and a touchdown.
“They overplayed and were playing heavy on the run so we threw over the top of them,” Lenz said.
The Huskies scored again a couple of possessions later with a methodical drive down the field that Riggen Cordingley finished off with a touchdown run.
“It was just a slow, little-at-a-time drive three or four yards at a time to move the chains,” Lenz said. “We probably ran 13 plays before we scored.”
The two two-point conversions North Fremont made in the first half would prove to be the difference in the game.
Kohl Nielson came away with an interception in the second quarter and North Fremont went into the half up 16-0.
Both teams started the second half with punts and neither team scored in the third quarter but North Fremont did have one drive where they built a little momentum.
“We were marching down trying to get a little cushion between us and penalties set us back,” Lenz said. “We ended up turning it over on downs.”
Jordan Lenz snagged an interception in the third quarter to end a Teton drive.
Teton’s defense locked in on North Fremont’s run game and shut them out in the second half.
Teton scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter using screens and shuffle passes to move down the field but those plays took up time and there wasn’t enough time for Teton to score a third time on the Husky defense with those types on plays.
“There wasn’t enough time in that last quarter where they could do (screens and shuffle passes),” Lenz said. “They had to scrabble a little bit and try to go deep on us and our defense just held on.”
On the final possession of the game, Teton started deep within their own territory then drove to North’s 30 but the Huskies didn’t let them drive any further.
“I felt like our kids beat a pretty good football team tonight,” Lenz said.
Riggen Cordingley led the Huskies with 159 yards rushing, Deshon Wheeler had 46 yards rushing and Luke Hill had 28 yards rushing and went 1/3 passing for 40 yards.
North Fremont relied on toughness and senior leadership to pull out the 2-point game.
“Our kids work hard and they’re conditioned well to where they can play a full game,” Lenz said. “I think they believe in themselves especially in the fourth quarter when we have a tight battle I think they have enough confidence that they know how to win. That’s a lot of carryover from last year’s group and the experience that these senior kids have.”
The Huskies’ underclassmen are showing they can be relied upon as well.
“We had a lot of support from our younger kids tonight stepping up in the new roles that they have with Luke at quarterback,” Lenz said. “He made some good plays.”
North Fremont will play Aberdeen for their homecoming in Ashton next week. The Tigers beat Declo 48-14 in week 1 and beat Declo 21-6 in week 2. Last season, North Fremont beat them 29-6.
“They’re going to be just as much of a battle,” Lenz said. “We’ve always had a good rivalry with Aberdeen and they’ve started off pretty fast this season.”