Fremont High faced second-and-goal from the Gretna 8 on its opening series of the game Friday night at Heedum Field.
A promising drive stalled after the Tigers were whistled for a holding penalty. A 28-yard field goal was wide left and FHS never recovered.
Gretna went on to score 38 straight points to beat the Tigers 38-6.
"Everything kind of imploded after that first drive," Fremont coach Seth McClain said. "Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. It just snowballed."
The win was only the second of the season for the Dragons, 2-6, but they face a brutal schedule that includes Millard South, Omaha Westside and Omaha Burke.
"We knew they were a good team," McClain said. "They played a tough schedule and we knew our margin for error was small."
Fremont went on a 12-play, 63-yard march to open the game. Senior running back Cody Carlson, who went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, was the workhorse. Carlson finished the night with 160 yards on 30 carries.
"He is just a tough kid," McClain said. "I appreciate his effort. He is a warrior out there."
After the Tigers missed the field goal, Gretna drove 80 yards in just six plays. Roger Mendoza had a 41-yard run on the drive that was capped by Hunter Chilton's 4-yard TD.
The Tigers picked up three first downs on their next series, but it ended when Caden Opfer intercepted a pass by Brody Sintek.
The Dragons used a 42-yard pass from Quinn Mason to Coby Speer to help set up an 8-yard TD run by Chilton.
A short punt and a return by Jack Larchick gave the Dragons a first down at the FHS 2. Two plays later, Mason scored on a 1 -yard run. Luke Pinkall's conversion made it 21-0 with 6:18 left in the half.
The Dragons extended the lead to 24-0 at halftime on a 33-yard field goal by Brendan Fanke.
Senior Dillon Dix of the Tigers picked off a Mason pass near the end of the half to thwart another threat by the Dragons.
Mendoza's 1-yard scoring run and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Mason to Opfer extended the lead to 38-0.
Fremont went on an 86-yard, 10-play scoring march after Opfer's score. Carlson did the bulk of the work, including a 17-yard run. The senior capped the march with a 1-yard touchdown with 6:30 left in the game. The conversion kick failed.
The Tigers, 2-6, will host Elkhorn on Friday night night in their season finale.
"We'll be playing another team that has had its struggles this year," McClain said of the 2-6 Antlers. "We'll see how we respond."