TABOR - The Fremont-Mills football team turned the ball over four times and could muster just 47 yards of total offense in a 48-0 loss to Treynor in Class A, District 8 football Friday.
“We talk all the time, if we don't turn the ball over we have a chance to win ball games. It's been our M.O. all season, we've turned it over way too many times,” said Fremont-Mills coach Jeremy Christensen.
Treynor (7-1 overall, 5-1 in the district) turned two of the Knights' four turnovers into first-half touchdowns and allowed just nine yards rushing on 22 carries.
After the Knights punted on their first possession, the Cardinals took the ball at their own 37 and marched 63 yards in seven plays, capped by Chris Zimmerman from two yards out. After the two-point conversion, Treynor led 8-0.
Two plays after Zimmerman’s touchdown run, Treynor's Trevor Von Weihe picked off an A.J. Scarborough pass at the Knights’ 37-yard line. Four plays later Zimmerman scored on a swing pass from Mitch Godfrey.
Treynor added a score on its next possession -- following a Knight three-and-out -- when Godfrey scored on a one-yard scamper.
The Cardinals turned the
Knights’ third interception of a Scarborough pass into a touchdown with 3:41 to go in the half on Jake Allen's 34 yard run.
Treynor got on the board for the final time of the half when Hunter Brugenhemke took a Knight punt and raced 69 yards to give his team a commanding 34-0 lead.
“They did a very good job at the line, making audibles, finding areas where we were weak,” said Christensen of the Cardinals’ first half dominance. “Defensively, we had some missed plays and missed tackles and they scored touchdowns. We just have to make plays. At some point we have to make plays.”
The Knights punted or turned the ball over on 10 of 12 possessions in the game. After gaining 42 yards in the first half, they added five total yards, including minus-10 net yards rushing, in the second half.
Christiansen had a hard time finding positives in his team’s performance after the game but did commend the Knights’ effort.
“We had a handful of kids that worked hard that could have just given up,” he said.
Treynor and district champion A-H-S-T have both locked up their bids to the state playoffs with one week to go in the season. If the Knights beat A-H-S-T in Friday’s season finale they will qualify as the district's likely No. 4 seed.