Knights’ offense hot in cold first round win over Boyer Valley

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    TABOR - In the first 23 minutes of its first round playoff football game against Boyer Valley  Wednesday the Fremont-Mills offense was nearly as cold as the 30 degree temperatures and frigid wind.

    The final two minutes of the half were down right balmy.
    After turning the ball over three times and gaining just four first downs in its first six possessions, the Knights exploded for 14 points in the final minute of the half. The offense was all the 10-0 Knights would need in a dominating 34-0 victory over Boyer Valley.
    The first half the two teams combined for nearly as many turnovers (five) as first downs (eight). The Knights changed that trend after recovering a fumble at the Bulldog 29 yard line. Four plays later A.J. Scarborough found Curtis Beem wide open on a play-action pass for a 25-yard scoring strike with just 55 seconds left in the half.
    On the ensuing kick off, Logan Wood's squib kick was caught in the wind and mishandled by the Bulldogs allowing the Knights to recover at the Boyer Valley 16. On the very next play Scarborough weaved through the Bulldog defense for a touchdown and the 14-0 halftime lead.
    The Bulldogs forced a Knight punt to open the third quarter and suddenly came to life on offense. After moving from their own 11 to the 31, Michael Hanigan found David Behrendt running free in the secondary for a 48 yard gain down to the Knight three yard line. But two plays later Wood stepped in front of a pass in the end zone for his third interception of the season. The play seemed to take some fight out of the Bulldogs and ignite the Knights.
    Christiansen called Wood's interception a “huge play.”
    “It was probably one of the bigger plays of the game, obviously. It was a just a huge play for us,” said Christiansen.
    The Knights drove 65 yards in 10 plays on its next possession to go up 20-0 and then picked off another Hanigan pass, which they turned into another score, to go up 26-0.
     Wood added a 31-yard run with 4:17 to go in the game to provide the final tally.
    The Bulldogs entered the game averaging better than 351 yards per game but were held to 215 total yards, including 161 yards rushing on 54 attempts (2.9 yards per carry). The Knights also forced five turnovers. Take out that third quarter, 48 yard completion and the Bulldogs finish nearly 200 yards below their season average.
    “The defense played well,” said Christiansen. “We had a good idea of what was going to happen and we responded.  There were a few plays where we had some breakdowns but other than that, we played a solid football game.”
    The Knights passed just once in the game and finished with 271 yards rushing on 48 carries. Playing without leading rusher Nate Meier, who had to sit out the game after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the last game, Scarborough stepped u and ran for a game-high 104 yards and two touchdowns and a touchdown pass.
    “He stepped up and played well,” said Christiansen of his junior signal caller. “It was important for somebody to step up. They gave us some creases and we were able to get some things done.”

Game Summary
FM – 00 14 06 14 – 34
BV –  00 00 00 00 – 00

Scoring Summary
    FM – A.J. Scarborough to Curtis Beem, 25 pass (conversion good).
    FM – Scarborough, 16 run (conversion failed).
    FM – Scarborough, 16 run (conversion failed).
    FM – Josh Larsen, 25 run (conversion failed).
    FM – Logan Wood, 31 run (conversion good).