South Fremont looked good in their season opener last week — they looked dang near unbeatable in their road opener in Terreton this week. The Cougars overwhelmed West Jefferson 63-14 Friday.
Only three plays into the game, South Fremont’s defense scored first when South Fremont defensive back Jackson Coverley returned an interception 20-yards for a touchdown.
Tristan Olson led the Cougars first offensive drive down the field then quarterback Jace Neville ran it in from six yards out to give South a 14-0 lead.
River Edins forced a fumble on the next drive to give the Cougars a short field.
Jace Neville scored next for South Fremont on a 1-yard run then Tristan Olson scored on a 1-yard run on the next drive to make 28-0 going into the half.
Neville scored his third rushing touchdown of the game this time from 11 yards out to make it 35-0 early in the third quarter.
Jackson Coverley recovered a fumble on West J’s next drive when a Panthers running back bobbled a pitch. Then Neville hit Dallin Orme for a 15-yard touchdown pass minutes later.
South Fremont subbed in Kaimen Peebles as quarterback late in the third quarter and it didn’t take him long to score as he took in an 11-yard run to increase West J’s deficit to 49-0. Peebles was responsible for the next TD as well when he hit Orme for a 7-yard touchdown.
The Panthers scored for the first time between Peebles touchdowns but failed to convert their 2-point conversion. They also scored on a 95-yard kick return after Peebles’s second score.
A group of South defenders forced a fumble minutes later and after the ball bounced up field, was momentarily recovered and re-fumbled Rylan Miller picked it up and ran for about 35-yards to put South at the 1-yard line.
Bryson Forbush scored on 1-yarder to wrap up the game’s scoring.
South’s three forced/recovered fumbles and interception impressed Hill.
“I think the aggressive nature that our kids played with tonight (led to defensive plays),” Hill said. “I thought we were flying to the ball defensively and we were pretty physical.”
Tristan Olson led the Cougars with 138 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
“He was running downhill and we were opening up some pretty big holes especially early in the game,” Hill said. “He was gaining pretty good chunks of yards every touch on that first drive and he just runs so hard and physical he’d get one-on-one with a linebacker or a safety and was just able to run through them. I thought he did a great job of being physical to finish runs. I thought he had a really good game.”
Olson wasn’t the only one who looked good offensively. Neville went 4/9 for 66 yards and rushed for 33 yards on seven attempts. Coverley rushed 62 yards and Peebles rushed twice for 22 yards. Orme hauled in four receptions for 70 yards.
“I thought our offensive line did a great job,” Hill said. “They kind of threw a different defense at us than what we were planning for all week. We kind of made some adjustments on the fly and I thought our O-line did a great job of still playing fast and being physical. I think we controlled the line of scrimmage and that made the difference tonight.”
South will play Bear Lake next week for the Cougars’ homecoming game.
“They’re pretty good,” Hill said. “They always bring a lot of pressure; their defense blitzes a lot of guys. If we can control that we should be okay defensively. I think they’re really athletic so I think we’re going to have to be able to cover the pass really well in order to compete with them.”