PLAIN CITY -- After consecutive trips to the state 5-A championship game, Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter knew his young team was in for some hard knocks early in the season. What he probably wasn't anticipating, however, was watching his team get blown out on its own field in the season opener.
But that's what happened.
Sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Jordan Beetdiggers worked Fremont over with an easy 53-12 win.
Jordan, a 5-A semifinalist a year ago, is clearly set up for another deep run, so Fremont's loss is probably not something to hang one's head over. Unfortunately for the Silver Wolves, it's not going to get any easier as they head out on the road for the next five weeks. They won't play another home game until the last Friday of September. But you won't hear Bosgieter moan about it.
"That's just how it is," he said. "We can't change it. We've got to start again tomorrow morning on film. It's all we can do -- go back to work."
Fremont has a lot to improve on. One glaring weakness was an inability to stop Jordan's offense. The Beetdiggers found the end zone in just over four minutes to start the game and then added another score barely three minutes later. Before the Wolves knew what hit them, they were staring at a 27-0 deficit.
"We got a lot of stuff to work on," Bosgieter said. "We didn't tackle well and we turned the football over and those are recipes for disaster. Jordan's a good team, no doubt about it. But on defense, we've just got tackle. That's the bottom line."
At least offensively, there were a few good moments on which Fremont can build. With less than a minute to go in the first half, the Wolves forced a Beetdigger fumble near midfield. Twenty-seven seconds later, quarterback Garrett Gallegos faked left and then turned right and found tight end Christian Fehr wide open for a 20-yard scoring strike.
Then midway through the third quarter, Gallegos capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive by finding sophomore wide receiver Trevor Allen for an 18-yard TD to cut Jordan's lead to 34-12.
Unfortunately it was all Beetdiggers after that.
"We had some glimmers," Bosgieter said. "But obviously not enough."
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 20, AMERICAN LEADERSHIP 14: At Layton, the Eagles defense held ALA late in the game as LCA won its opener for the first time in several years.
Kyle Yockey tossed a 70-yard TD pass to Rome Aguilar and scored on an 18-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter to lead the Eagles.
Jacques Carter scored on a 19-yard run in the first quarter to give LCA the lead. The score was tied 14-all at halftime.
Six LCA players combined for 129 yards rushing. The defense was led by Colin Greenhill with 16 tackles and a sack. Elijah Lenaburg also recorded a sack.
* MAPLE MOUNTAIN 35, MORGAN 32: At Mapleton, the Trojans let a close one get away as C.J. Hildebrand scored a pair of back-breaking TDs to push the Golden Eagles ahead to stay.
K.J. Hall ran for 138 yards and passed for 67 yards and one touchdown to lead Maple Mountain.
Kade Carrigan led the Trojans with one touchdown and 100 rushing yards.
* UNION 16, BEN LOMOND 13: At Roosevelt, the Scots fell on the road in their season opener despite holding a fourth-quarter lead.
Ben Lomond scored touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters. Austin Sullins powered in from a yard out in the first half.
In the second half, Sullins and Alberto Garciloza hooked up on a 51-yard scoring pass, and Brayden Schoolcraft's PAT gave Ben Lomond the 13-9 lead.