TEKAMAH – Fremont Bergan didn’t let less-than-ideal playing conditions slow down its offense on Friday.
The Knights utilized their running game on a soggy night for football and notched a 48-0 win over Tekamah-Herman on the Tigers’ home field. The game was moved up to 6 p.m. due to the forecasted thunderstorms and the earlier start allowed the entire game to be played.
“It was kind of a weird atmosphere,” Fremont Bergan coach Seth Mruz said. “It started earlier and there were less people there. It was muddy and sloppy. You just kind of have to create your own energy.”
It was Bergan’s defense which gave the Knights an early spark.
On Tekamah-Herman’s second possession of the game, senior Dylan Kucera hit a Tiger who was attempting to throw a halfback pass. Kucera’s hit caused the football to go into the air in the backfield and it was snagged by the Knights’ Derek Smith.
Smith then returned the interception 30 yards for Bergan’s first touchdown.
“He was aware and he was in the right place at the right time,” Mruz said of Smith. “He’s been doing well all year, so it was good to see him do that.”
Two plays later, teammate Dylan Gartner picked off a pass by Tigers’ quarterback Matt Hawkins. That set up a five-play scoring drive near the end of the first quarter for the Knights that was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Ethan Villwok.
Bergan’s next drive featured three straight runs by Logan Brandt, including a 7-yard run across the goal line to put the Knights up 20-0 with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
The Knights (5-2) didn’t find the end zone again until their first possession of the third quarter when Brandt scored on an 18-yard run. A 2-point conversion run by Villwok put Bergan up 28-0.
“They did some different things up front on defense that kind of stifled us on offense a little bit,” Mruz said. “It took some adjustments and some verbal encouragement from me to make sure that we were able to get going in the right direction. We played a little bit more physical and were able to consistently get yards.”
Back-to-back touchdown runs by Kolby Boggs of 25 and 14 yards, respectively, gave the Knights a 42-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Bergan tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Jacob Johnson ran 85 yards on a fake punt.
“It’s a triple-option type of thing,” Mruz said. “He can punt it, throw it or run it. He just chose to run it. I didn’t think he was going to go 85 yards, but he did. … It was good for him to make that happen.”
The Knights’ defense recorded their third shutout of the season with the 48-0 victory.
“Coach (T.J.) Folkers does an amazing job with our defense,” Mruz said. “They’re very well prepared and our kids really bought into it, doing their job, and carrying out their role. Not doing too much.
“We’re having kids step up at different times and we’re just playing really solid team defense right now. We’re tackling well and we’re getting all 11 guys to the football. When you do that, good things happen for you.”
Bergan will take a three-game winning streak into its game on Friday against Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Tekamah-Herman falls to 1-6 on the season.