Fremd Rolls On The Road
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.