Knights shutout Essex, move to 4-0

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Fremont-Mills football team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 66-0 victory over Essex on Friday in Tabor.

    The Knights, 4-0 overall and 2-0 in District 8, held the Trojans to minus-6 yards of total offense in posting their second straight shutout. Fremont-Mills routed Nishnabotna a week ago, 66-0, while holding the Blue Devils to minus-17 yards of total offense.
    “The defense has played well,” said Fremont-Mills coach Jeremy Christiansen. “The defense really shut them down and gave us short fields to work with all night.”
    Those short fields allowed the Knight run game to take over. Facing a stacked defense to stop their run game, the Knights still managed 306 yards on the ground and 10 rushing touchdowns.
    “We wanted to mix things up (on offense) and spread them out a little  more,” said Christiansen. “A lot of people are putting eight guys in the box so we were able to run power out of our spread look and use some misdirection and it worked out well.”
    Nate Meier led the Knights with 111 yards on just four carries. Meier, Nick Williams, Josh Larsen and A.J. Scarborough, in his first game back after sitting out the previous game with an injury, all scored two touchdowns.

    The Knights’ 4-0 start is believed to be the school’s best since the 1982 state-qualifying team.
    “We’re 2-0 in the district which is where we’d like to be obviously. Anytime you can get to your district schedule you just have to set yourself up to be one of the top four teams,” Christiansen said.
    Fremont-Mills hosts Villisca in its homecoming game on Friday.