LYONS — Fremont Bergan couldn’t gain any momentum offensively on Friday night.
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast’s stingy defense, combined with four Bergan turnovers, spelled trouble for the Knights in the Class C2-District 2 football matchup in Lyons.
The Wolverines scored 38 unanswered points to hand Bergan a 38-7 loss.
The Knights opened the game with a long drive that took over 6 minutes off the clock. Bergan came up empty, though, when the drive stalled at BRLD’s 20-yard line.
A quick stop by Bergan’s defense gave the Knights the ball back in Wolverines’ territory.
The Knights then got on the scoreboard first when Jake Ridder completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Gilfry. Jobe Sullivan’s PAT put Bergan up 7-0 with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Knights’ lead was short-lived.
BRLD went 65 yards in seven plays, capped off by a 2-yard TD run by Kobe Lyons. The 2-point conversion was good and the Wolverines led 8-7 early in the second quarter.
BRLD added another touchdown 18 seconds before halftime when Will Gatzemeyer scored on a quarterback sneak, making with 16-7.
“I think the time of possession in the first half was in our favor quite a bit and we only had seven points to show for it,” Bergan assistant coach Doug Moore said in a postgame radio interview. “We have to convert on those long drives.”
The Wolverines started their second possession of the third quarter at their own 3-yard line. Three plays later, though, Gatzemeyer found Jaxon Johnson for a 97-yard touchdown pass.
Trailing 24-7, Bergan’s next two drives were halted by interceptions. BRLD closed out the third quarter with a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Lyons.
“Their defensive line stepped up and made some plays, made it tough for our (offensive line) to block them one-on-one,” Moore said. “When you give up a couple of turnovers like we did, they made us pay for that. That’s kind of been the story of our season so far. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot, whether it’s turnovers or penalties or turnover on downs.”
The Wolverines scored their final touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Gatzemeyer to Lucas Vogt in the fourth quarter.
Bergan (5-3) will travel to Tekamah-Herman on Friday for its final game of the regular season, still hoping to claim a spot in the state playoffs. BRLD (7-1) will face Oakland-Craig (8-0) for the district title.