Local Sports Journal

On a rainy night, the Fremont Packers were forced to rely on its running game more than they wanted to against the winless Tri-County Vikings.

The Packers rushed for 186 yards and passed for 210 in a 19-13 victory over the Vikings.

“The kids played more physical than we did last week,” Fremont coach Rob Pouch said. “The challenge for us was to be physical and establish our running game. That was one of our goals.”

Tri-County struck first after a short Fremont punt put the Vikings in the red zone.

After falling behind 6-0, the Packers reeled off three straight touchdowns over the next three quarters.

Dylan Collis scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter, Jared Smith scored on a 26-yard run in the third quarter and Mike Siegel caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Christian Wade in the fourth quarter.

Tri-County scored on a long pass play in the game’s final 30 seconds to cap the evening’s scoring. Its onside kick was recovered by Fremont.

“In weather like this, we had to run the ball,” said Pouch, whose team will take a 2-1 record into next week’s game at Orchard View.

Smith rushed 16 times for 71 yards to lead the Packers. Wade completed 9-of-23 passes for 210 yards. Defensively, Charlie Dakin had 12 tackles.