SALT LAKE CITY — Fremont won its 11th straight game Thursday afternoon in the 5A semifinals by doing what it's done all year, fighting through adversity. An opportunistic defense made it all possible.
The Silver Wolves forced Lone Peak into four turnovers, including an interception in the final two minutes, en route to the 20-14 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
By no means was Fremont immune from the turnover as Aaron Van Woerkom threw four interceptions, but its reaction after most of those turnovers was one of the keys in the game.
"Our kids have been resilient all year, and you just keep hoping they'll keep fighting and they did," said Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter. "I'm proud of our guys. They've fought back from adversity a lot this year."
Of the four interceptions, three of which were hauled in by Kyle Hannemann, Lone Peak turned them into points just once. That lone score came late in the first half as the Knights marched 53 yards in eight plays to tie the score at 7-7.
Lone Peak couldn't do anything about the second turnover as it was the final play of the half, but its other two possessions after turnover ended in a missed field goal and a fumble.
The fumble occurred just two plays after Van Woerkom's fourth interception, spoiling great field position for Lone Peak, which trailed 20-14 at the time.
"We just expect to go back to work. Good things happen when we go back to work," said Bosgieter.
Fremont only capitalized on one of its four turnovers as well, but it led to the game-winning touchdown with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter. Cash Hancock, Fremont's magic man, set it up by recovering a fumble at Lone Peak's 19-yard line. Two plays later Nick Vigil put Fremont ahead 20-14 on a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
Wolves' linebacker Bryan Thompson sealed the win by intercepting a tipped pass with 1:35 remaining in the game.5 comments on this story
"We knew coming in they were a good team, and we just made too many mistakes. We certainly made more than they did," said Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary.
Despite the loss, he was pleased to see Kyle Hannemann snag three interceptions after picking off just one pass during the regular season.
"He's been in position all year to make those interceptions, and he's dropped quite a few. He came through tonight for us.