No matter what happens in the playoffs, the Montague football team’s turnaround season will go down as one of the most impressive in area history.LSJ Logo incert

The Wildcats, who won only two games last fall, defeated Fremont 49-20 on Friday to complete a perfect 9-0 regular season.

The perfect record is Montague’s first since 2009. The Wildcats won a state championship that year, by the way.

The Wildcats, who won the tough West Michigan Conference this season, will now wait for Sunday to see who they will face in next week’s first round of the state playoffs.

“The leadership and team chemistry have been phenomenal,” said Montague Coach Pat Collins. “It’s a story of redemption and resurgence from last year to this.

“These guys deserve this. They have flipped this thing around. They were pretty down last year and felt like they were letting their community down. They didn’t want to feel that way again and so here we are and we’re pretty excited.”

Montague iced the victory over Fremont by taking a 42-0 lead at halftime.

Quarterback Jacob Buchberger led the team offensively, rolling up 142 yards passing with two touchdowns and 92 yards rushing with one touchdown.

Tailback Eddie Caviedes added 90 yards rushing, including two touchdowns, and two interceptions on defense.

Zack Vanvleet had three catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Fremont finished the season 0-9.