PLAIN CITY — The 'Wolves just keep on winning.
Fremont broke open a tied game at the half to reel off its 10th straight victory, 31-17 over Skyline in the state 5A quarterfinals on Friday.
Fremont's Nick Vigil had a huge second half, rushing for 165 yards after halftime, and the Silver Wolves' defense shut down the Skyline wishbone attack by holding the Eagles to only three second-half points.
"It was hard to get used to their speed," Fremont defensive tackle Jake Gallegos said. "We went in [at the half], made adjustments and just came out and executed."
Fremont had its hands full with the Skyline attack. After taking a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard scoring run by Vigil, Skyline scored on two of its next three possessions. The Eagles' Andy Rounds scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards, giving the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 5:20 remaining in the half.
Fremont tied the game at the 2:22 mark on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Aaron VanWoerkom to Tate Lewis. The score tied the game at 14-14 going into the half.
Fremont wasted no time in the second half. After holding the Skyline offense to a three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, Fremont scored on just its second play. After an 8-yard pass from VanWoerkom to Lewis, Vigil ripped off a 50-yard scoring run. Vigil took the VanWoerkom hand-off off tackle and outran the Eagle defense down the sideline for the touchdown. Vigil's score gave Fremont its first lead since the 9:36 mark in the first quarter.
Fremont coach Kory Bosgeiter said the opening minutes of the second half was a critical stretch.
"Our offense played well," he said. "I think early in the third when we came out and got the stop and then scored two plays later was crucial."
After another Skyline three-and-out, Fremont added to its lead on a 24-yard field goal by Cash Hancock. That kick extended the Fremont lead to 24-14. Skyline answered on a 40-yard field goal by Izic Yapias, after a Fremont fumble on a punt return gave the Eagles the ball in Fremont territory. Skyline, unable to move the ball effectively, had to settle for a field-goal attempt which had just enough juice to make it over the crossbar.
Vigil and Fremont iced the game on the next possession. Vigil carried the ball six times for 70 yards on that possession alone and capped the 6-play drive with a 3-yard scoring run. The score put the 'Wolves up 31-17 and the game out of reach.
Bosgeiter said his players had the will to win.
"We talk about the will to win every day," he said. "I think our team played really well. Obviously, Nick (Vigil) is something special. Overall, I'm really proud of these guys.
Vigil, who carried the ball 23 times for 232 yards, said his team came together for this victory.
"Skyline's a great team," he said. "We really came out in the second half and gave a good all-around team effort."