Fremd Flustered At Home Against Maine South
A full moon on Friday the 13th did not bode well for the Fremd football team.
Facing Maine South at home, the Vikings struggled to stop the run and dropped their second straight decision, this time by a score of 35-21.
The Hawks, behind makeshift quarterback Dan Lazic (127 yards rushing, TD) and wide receiver Ryan Kilburg (168 yards rushing, 2TDs), dominated the ground game en route to their first win of the season.
"Lot of respect to Fremd, they certainly had our attention," said Hawks head coach David Inserra. "We knew (coming in) we had to get better at the QB position, because Danny (Lazic) only had four days of practice …another week, even better (tonight) and everyone else had to pick up their game and they did that."
Lazic was thrust into the starting quarterback role when starter Luke Leongas could not finish last week's contest and was unable to play against Fremd.
Things got off on the right foot for Fremd when junior quarterback Ryan Saxe hit wide receiver Jack Hipchen on the opening play from scrimmage to give the Vikings a quick 6-0 edge.
But Lazic and company rallied quickly with two short TD runs by Kilburg and Michael Sajenko to hold a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.
The Vikings knotted the game with 3:20 left until halftime on Ryan Saxe's 1-yard touchdown plunge, followed by a spectacular 2-point conversion scraping past the pylon.
That tie barely lasted a minute as Kilburg burst down the sideline on a 68-yard scamper to help Maine South gain a 21-14 lead at the break.
28-14, Ryan Saxe connected with Andrew Saxe for a 23-yard TD strike to cut it to 28-21, but the Hawks were too much down the stretch, and Sajenko's 5-yard TD run midway through the final stanza gave his team all the breathing room it would need in a 35-21 triumph.
"We had some positives tonight, we were missing our best player (Jack Walsh) up front on both side of the ball," said Vikings coach Lou Sponsel. "But it came down to the fact that they blocked and tackled well, and we didn't. We played undisciplined at times, some blown assignments here and there … it will get fixed."