Four turnovers. One-hundred penalty yards. Near season lows in rush and pass yards and near a season high in yards allowed. North Fremont had quite a bit of adversity to overcome to beat Aberdeen but they found a way pulling out a 22-14 win on the road Friday.
The game came down to Aberdeen with the ball at North Fremont’s five-yard line down eight with ten seconds to go after a Huskies penalty put the Tigers in position to score. Fortunately, the Huskies goal line defense goal line stood. Aberdeen moved four yards in five plays — one yard shy of being a two-point conversion away from pushing the undefeated North Fremont Huskies to overtime.
North Fremont scored the first touchdown of the game to go up 8-0 on a Luke Hill run then Aberdeen drove down the field to score a touchdown with a little over a minute left in the half but missed the extra point.
The Huskies then took the ball and orchestrated a nice drive capped by a 32-yard halfback pass from Jordan Lenz to tight end Mark Huttinger. A second two-point conversion put North up 16-6 at halftime.
Deshon Wheeler scored the final time for the Huskies in the fourth quarter.
North Fremont rushed for 238 yards including Deshon Wheeler’s 80 yards on 11 carries, Luke Hill’s 67 yards on 14 carries, Jordan Lenz’s 56 yards on 12 carries and AJ Hill’s 36 yards on 6 carries.
Hill completed two passes for 20 yards.
The Huskies gave up over 200 yards but stood tall on critical downs.
“They run a real physical offense that’s coming right at you with a lot of [pulling offensive linemen] they have a lot of speed and quickness. It makes it difficult to make a good read then get in good position where you can make tackles because they have a lot of bodies coming at you.”
With a 4-2 record and a tough strength of schedule, Aberdeen could be a team that North Fremont sees in the state playoffs.
“It was a playoff atmosphere,” Lenz said. “Aberdeen is definitely a playoff team. It was a challenge for us on their field.”
Despite the mistakes, Lenz is proud of his team for pulling out a win against a good team.
“With the adversity of four turnovers and 100 yards in penalties, it was pretty fortunate to come out of there with the win,” Lenz said. “Down the stretch the kids really dug deep and pulled through. I was proud of how they were able to find a way to win.”