Knights’ Phillips runs wild in victory

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Spencer Phillips rushed for a career-high 287 yards and four touchdowns as Fremont-Mills cruised to a 61-12 victory over Lenox on Friday.

The Knights played the game without head coach Jeremy Christiansen who missed the game due to a death in the family. Assistant coaches Greg Ernster and Kyle Fichter served as co-head coaches in Christiansen’s absence.

“The kids came out fast and wanted to get this game done early and get ready for Wednesday,” Ernster said.

With their playoff spot secured, the Knights (7-2) had a simple game plan for the overmatched Tigers (4-5): run the ball.

Fremont-Mills passed the ball just five times and rushed 42 times for 388 yards on the ground. Phillips recorded his third 200-yard rushing game of the season, running 14 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns.

“We wanted to give it to the big boy, let him prove the point,” Ernster said of the 230-pound Phillips. “I think he did that Friday night.”

With the Knight running game breaking big plays, quarterback Jason Rusten used the play-action game to complete 4-of-5 passes for 55 yards and three touchdowns.

“You give it to the big boy enough and everyone bites. He was what we want him to be. He was effective with the passing game and didn’t make mistakes.”

The Knight defense held Lenox to less than 100 total yards and forced three tunovers.

Fremont-Mills hosts Coon Rapids-Bayard (7-2) in Wednesday’s Eight-Man playoffs opening round. Coon Rapids-Bayard knocked the Knights out of last year’s playoffs.