No one who knows much about the North Fremont and Ririe football teams this season thought that this week’s contest would be all that close and it might have been less close than anyone thought it would be. The Huskies won 46-0.
“From the get go our kid came out real focused and had a lot of energy and just got a lot of momentum early and it kind of continued,” said North Fremont head coach Ben Lenz.
It’s hard to say which side of the ball North Fremont played more dominantly but defensively the Huskies only allowed Ririe to cross into their own territory once.
“It was pretty consistent throughout as far as our ability to keep them on their end of the field,” Lenz said. “Part way through the second quarter, they got a little momentum. I think they got inside our 40 and our kids held on from there.”
Ririe gained under 100 yards.
“Our front line really did a good job of hustling to the ball and kept our secondary kids from having to make a lot of plays,” Lenz said.
In a season where North Fremont rarely has come close to losing, this game may have been their most complete.
“We were waiting for this kind of game a couple of games ago and we just had to grind it out,” Lenz said. “It was nice to see things come together on homecoming making it extra special.”
North Fremont ran for 412 yards. Deshon Wheeler led the way with 11rushes for 114 yards.
“He’s starting to come into his own,” Lenz said. “He’s had a few good games in a row. We like to see consistency out of our backs. It allows us to have a little break from using the same backs all the time. It keeps us fresh.”
One of the most impressive things about the Huskies’ win was that they did it without having to complete a pass.
Jordan Lenz (8 for 86), A.J. Hill (10 for 59), Luke Hill (6 for 51) and Carson Packer all contributed to the Huskies dominance on the ground. Even tight end Mark Huttinger took his one carry 18 yards.
North Fremont will face perhaps their most difficult test of the season next week when they play Firth on the road. If they win that game, they’ll win another district title and complete their third undefeated regular season in a row.
“We’re right where we want to be,” Lenz said. “We envisioned this — we thought it would be us going against Firth as our chance to get a [district] championship. We’re going to put a lot of focus on preparation this week. We know down there it’s going to be a challenge but it’s nice to get a little momentum going into this last one.”