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Knights get first win of football season

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Fremont-Mills football team got its first win of the season with a 59-6 victory over Whiting Community Friday.

The Knights (1-1) didn’t roll up huge offensive numbers but they controlled throughout.

“I thought we played very well,” said Fremont-Mills coach Jeremy Christiansen. “We were able to kind of do what we want. We had some hiccups here and there which happens in high school football. They gave us short fields a lot, so just looking at our stats, we weren’t that impressive.”    

The Warriors turned the  ball over their first two possessions leading to early Knight scores. Fremont-Mills finished with 304 total yards (241 rushing, 63 passing).

“I thought we executed blocking up front,” Christiansen said. “We sustained blocks, we were able to pull effectively.”

Sam Phillips and Jason Rusten each threw touchdown passes while Colton Dodson carried five times for 88 yards and a touchdown. Chris Goodman added 51 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.

Defensively, Fremont-Mills forced four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions) and held Whiting to 120 yards of total offense. Dodson and Haydn Meier led with 11 tackles each. Dodson also picked off a pass. Spencer Phillips wrapped up eight tackles and scooped up a fumble he returned 25 yards for a touchdown.

“We had a couple breakdowns defensively, we had some different kids playing than we did the first game so we have some things to fix before this week’s big one,” Christiansen said.

The “big one” is Friday’s homecoming showdown with perennial power C-A-M (1-2).

Christiansen is confident this is a game that will be decided in the trenches.

“We have to take care of the line of scrimmage,” he said. “We watched their River Valley game and they struggled with the line of scrimmage. They’re a no-huddle team so they want to run a lot of plays which I won’t say benefits us but we play 17 guys on both sides of the ball, so we have the ability to stay fresh. Hopefully we can be effective.”

Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fremont-Mills High School.