If you would have told Freeman High School Falcons coach Theron Trexel before his team’s game against the Johnson Brock Eagles that his second team unit would be warming up with four minutes to go in the first half, he would have said, “We would have to be playing really well.”
That they did.
The Falcons reassured what the two teams’ records indicated before the game, and scored early as well as often, taking a 34-0 lead at home, before the end of the first quarter.
Quarterback Isaac Frerichs went six for eight passing with 111 yards in his limited snaps Friday, while running backs Jacob Buhr, and Garret Cacek were able to tear through the Eagles defense throughout the entirety of the first half.
“Our backs really ran the ball well when they had to,” Trexel said.
Johnson Brock’s quarterback Nick Stahl made some respectable plays with his legs, and showed brief moments of offensive prowess, but it was not enough to prevent his team from being shutout by the falcons defense for the entirety of the first half.
The Eagles did come close to scoring twice in the second half though.
The first chance came when they placed Stahl at receiver, and targeted him continuously to get the ball to the Falcon ten-yard line. However, that threat was short lived, as Falcons defensive back Devin Dorn was able to intercept a Johnson-Brock pass and take it back 77 yards for a score with 11:44 left in the game.
Yet the Eagles were able to finally put points up on the board with 6:14 to go in the fourth quarter, when Stahl put together a slew of runs that were capped by a 6 yard draw off the right tackle to put the score at what it would remain for the rest of the game, 56-6.
The Falcons came into the game with their first loss of the season at the hands of Exeter-Milligan still fresh in their mind. Although, instead of sulking about the undefeated season that was, Trexel said the team used the game as motivation for this week’s game.
“Sometimes a loss at the right time can be a good thing.”
Freeman is hoping a blowout win at the right time can also be a good thing as they wrap up their regular season with an away game against Friend High School, while Johnson-Brock will be hoping to secure their first win of the year next week against Lourdes Central Catholic.