Winning ugly. Winning easily.
Fremd head coach Lou Sponsel will take Ws anyway he can get them, though he would prefer the latter.
Last Friday, the Vikings came back from a 15-6 deficit on the road against Evanston and prevailed 19-15 in what Sponsel deemed an "ugly win."
On Saturday in Schaumburg, the Vikings coasted with ease by a score of 28-0 to open up conference play.
"Last week was more the heart racing variety where today's game was more of a conventional, go to work and grind it out type of win," said Sponsel.
Led by junior quarterback Ryan Saxe's (3 rushing TDs, 1 passing) stellar performance under center, the Vikings moved to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.
Fremd opened up the scoring when Saxe corralled a high snap in his own end zone late in the first quarter and, somehow, managed to avoid a safety by lobbing a pass into the waiting arms of receiver Jack Hipchen. Hipchen then blazed down the sideline for a 96-yard touchdown, giving the Vikings an early 7-0 edge.
Saxe later called his own number midway through the second stanza to widen the gap to 14-0 at intermission.
Schaumburg received the second half kickoff, but a big sack by Tamar Okammor, followed by a Nate Stevens interception, set the Vikings up at the Saxon 26.
On the very next play, Saxe scooted in for another score to extend the lead to 21-0. Later, in the fourth quarter, he added his third rushing TD of the contest to round out the scoring for a 28-0 victory.
"Ryan's good at finding weaknesses in defenses," said Sponsel. "He's evolving as a quarterback and is one heck of a player."
Fremd's defense tallied 4 sacks on the afternoon and 2 interceptions to help the Vikings’ cause.