Frazee shuts down Breckridge in HOL football victory
Frazee controlled the ball and played shut down defense in a big second half to defeat Breckenridge on the road Friday night in Heart O' Lakes Classic Conference football action.
Frazee controlled the ball and played shut down defense in a big second half to defeat Breckenridge on the road Friday night in Heart O’ Lakes Classic Conference football action.
Breckenridge kept the Hornet offense off the scoreboard in the first half. Frazee’s only score of the opening two periods was a blocked punt on Breckenridge’s second drive of the game.
Austin Torma scored on the recover from Nick Jirak’s attempt at the 19-yard line for a 6-0 Hornet lead at 6:11 of the first quarter.
The Cowboys stiffened in the red zone to hold Frazee at the 10-yard line on fourth down and three in the opening minute of the second quarter and answered on the scoreboard with 3:06 remaining in the half.
Nathan Blaufuss hit Zarek Reiff from 35 yards out to tie the game at six.
The Cowboys held the tie with a goal line stand with a second remaining in the half to halt a 13-play drive by Frazee.
Breckenridge’s defense has held their opponents to less than 300 total yards and were on the way to doing the same to Frazee.
“Offensively, we had some miscues that resulted in the ball being put on the ground too much, but we did have success moving the chains,” Hornets’ Head Coach Jim Rader said.
Breckenridge forced two fumbles for turnovers. Frazee had a distinct advantage in first downs 17-7.
Tanner Bachmann capped Frazee’s opening 12-play drive of the second half on a four-yard touchdown run for the eventual game-winner with 5:43 left in the third quarter. Bachmann also scored on the two-point conversion for a 14-6 lead.
Frazee ran the ball on 11 of the 12 plays.
Torma hit the end zone offensively on Frazee’s next drive catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from Hesston Bachmann for the 20-6 final.
Breckenridge failed to threaten the Hornet end zone the entire second half.
Frazee pushed to the Breckenridge seven-yard line late in the game but Blaufuss stopped the drive recovering a Torma fumble.
Frazee outgained Breckenrdige 322-127 in total yards.
“Defensively, we played one of our best games of the season. Breck has some good weapons, and all were kept in check. As we prepare for the final two weeks of the season, our focus needs to be on continued improvement. Every week someone steps up when needed, but our goal is to have everyone stepping up at the same time. We have yet to play our best football, and as we near the end of the season it is going to be a lot of fun to see it all come together.”
Frazee’s defense made rushing difficult for the Cowboys. Breckenridge gained only 40 yards total on the ground on 19 carries.
Tanner Bachmann led all rushers gaining 121 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
Frazee improves to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the HOL-Classic, a game back of undefeated Hawley. Breckenridge falls to 2-4 and 2-3 in the HOL.
The Hornets will be tested in the final two games of the regular season.
Frazee hosts Pelican Rapids (4-2, 4-1) Friday, Oct. 10 before wrapping up the season Thursday, Oct. 16 at Fargodome against Barnesville (5-1, 4-1.
Frazee at Breckenrdige, Friday, Oct. 3.
FRA 6 0 8 6 - 20
BRE 0 6 0 0 - 6
FRA: Torma punt block recovery (kick failed) 6:11
BRE: Reiff 35 pass from Blaufuss (kick failed) 3:06
FRA: T. Bachmann 4 run (Bachmann run) 5:43
FRA: Torma 15 pass from H. Bachmann (kick failed) 8:29