Fumbling the ball three times and allowing two long scores by a couple minutes into the second quarter doesn’t usually add up to blow out wins in the playoffs but that’s what North Fremont’s football team pulled off Friday evening. The Huskies beat New Plymouth 44-19 to clinch a spot in the 2A semifinals.
It didn’t start pretty for the Huskies. They fumbled on their first possession of the night allowing New Plymouth to drive down and score.
The Huskies answered and scored a two-point conversion to take the lead but fumbled twice more giving the Pilgrims the ball twice more and the Pilgrims took advantage. By early in the second quarter, New Plymouth was up 19-8.
North Fremont started to heat up later in the second quarter.
“I think they just kept pursuing and playing hard,” said North Fremont head coach Ben Lenz. “Offensively, they never did stop us it was just our own turnovers. We were consistently moving the ball on them. So we knew we could score if we just would just not turn it over to them.”
North Fremont scored, kicked and recovered an onsides kick and scored again to back the lead by halftime.
In they second half, North Fremont rolled scoring thrice more while shutting out New Plymouth.
“They got tough and we never gave up any big plays,” Lenz said. “In the first half we gave up two big plays and they went big on us. One was a deep pass and one was a run off tackle. They were huge for them. In the second half, they just didn’t get any of those.”
It also different hurt that all-conference cornerback Jordan Lenz came up with two interceptions in the second half.
Recently named nuclear conference MVP, Riggen Cordinley carried the ball 23 times for 234 yards and all six touchdowns.
“He’s really determined,” Lenz said. “He’s got a lot of fight. There’s no quit. He broke a tackle tonight in the second half. I don’t know how but he ended up finding a way out of it and scampering another 20 yards for a touchdown. You’re not going to take him down on the first hit. He’s such a great runner after contact.”
Deshon Wheeler carried the ball 11 times for 114 yards and Luke Hill carried the ball eight times for 80 yards and went 2/3 throwing the football.
North Fremont will play McCall-Donnelly next week for a chance to go back to the 2A finals. McCall-Donnelly and North Fremont are each 10-0 going into the matchup. McCall-Donnelly beat 48-7 Friday.
“They’re an undefeated team and they’re a bunch of big kids and they have a bunch of real good athletes,” Lenz said. “They like to throw. It’ll just be a challenge for us that we have to scheme for. Our kids are playing well right now so I think we’ll give them our best shot. It’ll probably be up their way. This definitely was our last home game.”