RIRIE – Both the North Fremont and Ririe High School football teams entered Friday night’s game with something to prove.
For the Huskies, it was that last week’s drubbing at the hands of then winless Salmon was a fluke. For the Bulldogs, it was showing the rest of Nuclear Conference they belong at the top of the standings.
After 48 minutes on a cold and blustery night in Ririe, the Huskies showed their fans and the rest of the conference that last week was a distant memory.
Riggen Cordingley and Blake Oberhansley combined for 66 carries for 353 yards and four touchdowns in North Fremont’s 28-6 win.
“We tried to forget about last week and get back to what we do,” North Fremont coach Ben Lenz said. “We simplified things and got back to running the football the way we can. We don’t do things flashy. We line up and run our offense.”
All night long, the North Fremont offense found itself on a short field as the Huskies defense shut down the Bulldogs attack. On a night with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and persistent 20 mile per hour winds, throwing the ball was next to impossible.
Cordingley got the Huskies on the board first with 6:35 left in the first quarter when he scored on a one-yard run. A Bridger Lenz to Chris Hansen two-point conversion gave North Fremont a 8-0 lead.
The opening touchdown was set up by a Briceton Fisher fumble recovery that he ran down to the Ririe 3-yard line.
Oberhansley set up touchdown number two for the Huskies with a 53-yard run on his team’s next possession. Cordingley scored again from two yards out to extend the lead to 16-0.
North Fremont’s defense frustrated Ririe all game. Bulldogs quarterback Ryker Parkinson did not have time to throw and the running backs had no holes to run through.
“Our defense really played well,” coach Lenz said. “We made it difficult for them to move the ball. I think we needed to do that if we wanted to win.”
Ririe capitalized on a North Fremont fumble deep in its own end of the field with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when Rustin Rinderknecht scored on a five-yard run. That possession was one of the few times the Bulldogs’ offense crossed midfield.
“Give credit to North Fremont, they just outplayed us tonight,” Bulldogs coach Jim Newton said. “We never really got anything going. We haven’t struggled offensively like this all season.”
Oberhansley scored with four minutes left in the second quarter to give the Huskies a 22-6 halftime lead. In the second half, North Fremont kept running.
Cordingley totaled 38 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns Friday while Oberhansley added 187 yards on 28 carries. Ririe was led by Brytton Moon’s 56 yards on six carries.
Rire (5-3, 2-2 Nuclear Conference) now must wait to see if they get into the 2A playoffs as they have a final week bye. North Fremont (5-2,2-1) hosts Firth on Friday in a game that will determine the district champion.
“I hate last week byes,” Newton said. “There are so many different scenarios for the playoffs, but we don’t control any of them. We just have to sit back and see what happens.”
NORTH FREMONT 28, RIRIE 6
North Fremont 16 6 0 6 — 28
Ririe 6 0 0 0 – 6
NF – Riggen Cordingley 1 run (Bridger Lenz pass to Chris Hansen)
NF – Cordingley 2 run (Cordingley run)
R – Rustin Rinderknecht 5 run (pass failed)
NF – Blake Oberhansley 3 run (run failed)
NF – Cordingley 4 run (pass failed)
RUSHING – North Fremont: Blake Oberhansley 28-187-1, Riggen Cordingley 38-166-3, Chris Hansen 2-4, Bridger Lenz 5-7. Ririe: Brytton Moon 6-56, Trey Yearsley 2-25, Ryker Parkinson 7-(-14), Rustin Rinderknecht 4-12-1, Jace Johnson 3-21, Stockton Johnson 1-4.
PASSING– North Fremont: Bridger Lenz 1-4-17-0-0. Ririe – Ryker Parkinson 4-12-51-0-1.
RECEIVING – North Fremont: Paul Wynn 1-17. Ririe: Stockton Johnson 4-43, Jace Johnson 1-8.