In a game that saw both star running backs leave due to injury, it was Fremont-Mills who adjusted better and advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 22-6 win over Coon Rapids-Bayard, Friday, Nov. 1.
Fremont-Mills junior Seth Malcom and Coon Rapids-Bayard senior Jeffrey Eagle came into the game second and third in Class 8-Man in rushing yards. The combo finished with just 36 combined yards due to the injuries.
The Knights stuck to their running game, though, and seniors Colton Hauschild and James Switzer both had big games in leading Fremont-Mills to the win.
The Knights will play at undefeated Remsen St. Mary’s, Friday, Nov. 8 in a state quarterfinal with the winner of that game moving into the semifinals at the UNI-Dome.
Hauschild ran for 154 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns while Switzer added 141 rushing yards on 15 carries and one score.
The Knights were able to hold Coon Rapids-Bayard’s rushing attack to 121 yards with Gabe Obert leading the Crusaders with 59 yards on the ground.
The Crusaders also tried to go the air, but had little success. Peyton Clipperton completed just 4 of 20 passes for 28 yards. Clipperton was held to 34 rushing yards as well.
Hauschild scored on a 1-yard run just before halftime to give Fremont-Mills a 6-0 lead at the break.
Clipperton tied the game with a 2-yard touchdown run for the Crusaders in the third quarter. Switzer answered on the next Knight drive with a 5-yard score. The two-point play made it 14-6.
Hauschild would score on another 1-yard run in the final moments of the game to wrap up the scoring and give the Knights their sixth consecutive win, improving their season record to 7-1.
The Knights were very balanced on defense. Hauschild, Daniel Vanatta and Paxten Van Houten all finished with 5.5 total tackles to lead the charge. Switzer added five.
Coon Rapids-Bayard’s season ended at 8-2.
Remsen St. Mary’s is 10-0 heading into its quarterfinal game with the Knights. The Hawks beat East Mills 66-28 in the opening round Friday.
The Knights and Hawks met in the 2017 state semifinals, a game won easily by St. Mary’s.