Sixth-ranked Omaha Creighton Prep relied on its defense on Friday night to turn the momentum against Fremont High School.
Austin Kerzman’s sack and fumble recovery in the end zone put the Bluejays ahead 13-8 with 4:56 left in the second quarter. They went on to defeat the Tigers 41-8 at Heedum Field.
“You can’t give good teams like Prep as many chances as we did tonight,” Fremont coach Seth McClain said. “There is a reason they are a top (six) team. We had some stupid penalties and turnovers that hurt us tonight.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Prep fumbled away a Riley Harms punt at the Bluejays’ 8. Gabe Schindler of the Tigers recovered.
On the next play, Harms hit a wide open Carter Newill with an 8-yard touchdown pass. Nate Grimm ran in the two-point conversion to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.
Prep answered with a 67-yard march that was culminated by Jackson Bartling’s 14-yard TD run. The try for 2 failed leaving the Tigers up 8-6.
The Tigers bobbled the ensuing kickoff and were eventually tackled at the FHS 5. Kerzman’s broke through to sack Harms on the next play for the fumble recovery TD.
After a three-and-out by the Tigers, Prep sturck again. Quarterback Reid Burke connected with Drew Dunham on a 17-yard scoring toss. Noah Strako’s second conversion kick of the night made it 20-8 at halftime.
“It should’ve been 8-6 at halftime, but we made mistakes,” McClain said. “We have to play better and that is on me. Give Prep credit, though, they are a big, physical team.”
Fremont’s best chance to score in the second half came after Harms and Grimm connected on pass plays of 17 and 43 yards to move to the Prep 22. Passes to Joe Kment (5 yards) and Jake Sellon (4) and a pass interference call on Prep gave the Tigers first-and-goal, but they came up short.
The Tigers, 2-1, play Friday at Omaha Benson. Prep improves to 2-1.