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Knights face Sidney in District 8 showdown Friday

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

If undefeated Fremont-Mills is to stay that way they will have to win on Sidney’s home field Friday night.

The Knights (5-0), the defending state champions, have been largely unchallenged in averaging 58.8 points and 387 yards of offensive in their unblemished start. All that seemingly stands in the way of the Knights achieving their third straight undefeated regular season is Sidney, F-M’s Eight-Man, District 8 opponent Friday night.

The Cowboys are 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the district, averaging 39.8 points per game behind the play of quarterback Noah McKeever. The senior leads the Cowboys with 695 yards and nine touchdowns passing and 392 yards rushing and 11 more TDs.

Both teams are throwing the ball less than nine times per game this season and pride themselves on power running games. While the Knights are averaging more on the ground (326.4 to the Cowboys 257.2) the Cowboys hold the edge through the air (139 per game the Knights’ 60.6).

The deciding factor just be these two teams’ defenses.

The Knights might hold the edge there with its physical, quick defense led by defensive linemen Mark Hall and Seth Phillips. Phillips leads the team with 66 tackles, including five for loss, while Hall is second on the Knights in tackles with 50 while leading in sacks with five.

But the Cowboys are no slouch on defense either. Sidney is yet to allow a 100-yard rusher and they’ve forced 14 turnovers in five games.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Sidney.