PREP FOOTBALL: Fremont erases 17-point deficit to beat Northridge

Friday , September 22, 2017 - 10:37 PM

BOB JUDSON, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

LAYTON — Borrowing from “A Tale of Two Cities,” it was the best of times and the worst of times for Fremont football on Friday evening.

In a tale of two halves, Fremont was frustrated in the first two quarters — shut out 17-0 — before rallying in the second half with three unanswered touchdowns to post a 21-17 victory over Northridge in Region 1 play, spoiling the Knights’ homecoming festivities.

“I didn’t like our preparation before the game. Mentally we weren’t ready to go tonight,” Fremont coach Ross Arnold said. “Before we got on the bus and after we got over here, I didn’t like it.”

Although Arnold said he didn’t proffer an inspirational halftime speech, a trio of rushing touchdowns by Jay Scott turned the tide for the Silver Wolves (5-1, 3-0 Region 1) after the break.

Scott scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard before adding the game-winner, bulling over from 2 yards out to cap an eight-play, 87 yard drive with 4:26 remaining in the final frame.

“Halftime did us a favor. It allowed us to regroup and kind of hit the reset button and come out and play our kind of football,” Arnold said. “Nothing inspiring. Just challenge them to do what we do.”

“We can’t undo the first half, but we can still accomplish the game goals we have,” Arnold said.

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Northridge (3-3, 2-2) was not through, though, as the Knights marched to the Fremont 10-yard line in the closing minutes and had five plays to get the ball in the end zone, before coming up short at the 3.

“The kids did a good job of executing with their backs against the wall. We tell them that’s what great defenses do in a short field situation,” Arnold said. “We see it as an opportunity and they took advantage of it tonight.”

It was all Northridge in the first half, as the Knights raced to a 17-0 lead on the strength of a pair of touchdown passes from Jackson Murphy, thrown to Carson Stokes and Lawrence Yarbrough.

Murphy added a 35-yard field goal and Northridge was in command at the half.

But the Knights fizzled in the second half, punting three times and failing from the 10 yard line with 1:30 left in the game, so there was no storybook ending as Fremont ran out the clock.

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