For the first time in school history South Fremont is headed to the state semifinals after getting by Gooding 26-20 in Bobcat Stadium.
Despite coming out with the victory, South Fremont played from behind for most of the back-and-forth game. Gooding would score then the Cougars would tie it up or come close to tying it up.
Down one score with four minutes left in the fourth quarter South Fremont drove down the field then scored on a Kaimen Peebles play action bootleg pass to Cooper Hurt in the endzone.
Were behind or tied all game until about the last four minutes. We scored the go ahead touchdown.
“It was smooth,” said South Fremont head coach Chad Hill. “It was a really good looking play from the sideline. You could see it developing and Kaimen had time and made a good fake on the run. Then Cooper ran a good route and Kaimen hit it on the money.”
On Gooding’s final possession they threatened tying it up driving to the 20-yard line where they eventually faced a third and six. Gooding elected to run it with big quarterback Adkinson who had been gaining chunk yardage throughout the game on the Cougars. Adkinson need six yard — he gained four and the Senators turned the ball over on downs.
Peebles ended the evening with four touchdown passes: two to Hurt, one to Poulsen and one to Coverley. He also passes for about 275 yards. Dallin was another standout.
“Our offense just made big plays,” Hill said. “I thought Dallin Orme had a great game tonight. I don’t think he had a touchdown but he had some big catches that kept drives alive and kept us moving the chains.”
South also ran for 100-plus rushing yards.
Gooding employed the American Falls strategy from last week trying to run the ball and chew clock to keep the ball out of Peebles hands.
“They just ran their quarterback over and over and finally our defense was able to get a stop on that last one,” Hill said. “It was a very similar feeling to that American Falls game. Defense had to get a stop and they came through in the end.”
Hill said his team’s balance is what separates them from other football teams he’s coached.
“We just have a lot of playmakers on offense,” Hill said. “Kaimen does a great job of distributing the ball around. But our O-line also played well tonight. We ran the ball when we needed to so they couldn’t just keep everybody out on the pass. We were able to do a little bit of everything. They’re just a complete team.”