By Bill Bray
FREMONT – On a night that honored Fremont Ross’ greatest football player ever, before a sellout crowd, the young Little Giants made mincemeat of their rivals from the lake.
It was a great night to be a Little Giant as Charles Woodson unveiled the statue containing his likeness at the southwest corner of Don Paul Stadium
All the pomp and circumstance appeared to be just what the Little Giants needed as, for the second week in a row, they were off to a fast first half.
Sandusky found paydirt first with 8:12 remaining in the first quarter when Desmond Williams ran the pigskin in from seven yards out. The PAT attempt was no good.
Ross responded on their first drive of the contest when quarterback Kaden Holmes connected with Anthony Vann from 46 yards out. Johan Silver was golden with the extra point and Ross had a 7-6 advantage. “Last week Vann had three touchdowns and they all got called back,” coach Chad Long said. “He is all over the field defensively. He grabbed his third interception of the season tonight and two of those came in this game. He is a playmaker. There is a reason why he had the most touchdowns in a season last year. He is just a special young man.”
Tragedy struck Ross on the ensuing kickoff when Sandusky’s Desmond Williams toted the ball 96 yards for a quick Sandusky score that once again put them on top 12-7. Once again, the Streaks flubbed their extra point attempt.
But before the quarter came to an end, Kaden Holmes skirted and then sprinted down the eastern sideline for a 70-yard touchdown run. Silver’s extra point put Ross up 14-12 as the first quarter ended.
After Sandusky failed to mount a drive on their next possession, the ball was punted back to Fremont Ross. Kaden Holmes, Fremont’s All-Ohio candidate, found another of his favorite targets in Adam Hyrnciw for a 31-yard touchdown at the 9:14 of the second quarter. Silver’s kick was good again and Ross had a 21-12 advantage.
Fremont would get one more score before the half. With just 1:04 remaining, Holmes again found lanky #11 Adam “Chewy” Hrynciw this time for 36 yards and another pot of gold. With Silver’s kick Ross enjoyed a half-time lead of 28-12.
In the third quarter the teams traded touchdowns. With 7:18 remaining in the quarter, Holmes threw a short pass to Bryson Hammer who took the ball and galloped 46 yards to the endzone. The PAT went bad, so Ross now enjoyed a 34-12 advantage as the third quarter was ticking away. Sandusky answered under a minute later when Michael Franklin hit Maurice Armstrong for a 50-yard strike. But again, Sandusky could not convert an extra point. Ross answered Sandusky’s score when Holmes kept the ball and ran in from 21 yards out with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
By the time the fourth quarter came, it was quite clear who held all the momentum in this contest. The Fremont Ross Little Giants who hadn’t beaten the Blue Streaks in their last five tries, sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with 2:53 left in the game. Kaden Holmes plunged in from one yard out. Silver ended the scoring and the game with Ross moving to 3-0 with the non-league win.
In Statistics, Kaden Holmes was a shining light once again. Holmes ended the night connecting on 13 of 20 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns. His rushing was equally as impressive as he ran 16 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Kelandre Jones had a nice game rushing the ball as well as he finished the night with 91 yards on 14 tries. “It’s a great win. We were able to establish the run. We were able to control the line of scrimmage. How about Vann and Kaden Holmes along with Bryson Hammer. Those guys all stood out tonight and I am very proud of our young men.” Long continued. “We were lazor focused and we always say, ‘one week at a time’. We never look ahead, and our kids are focused this year.”
In receiving it was an Anthony Vann kind of night. The junior split end finished the night hauling in five passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. Adam “Chewy” Hrynciw had another stellar night as well as he grabbed three Holmes’ passes for 79 yards, and he contributed with two touchdown catches.
Defensively Vann hauled in two interceptions. Brayden Guhn had six tackles and five solo tackles along with .5 a sack. “We were definitely motivated tonight,” Long continued. “Our crowd was fabulous. It’s the biggest crowd we have had in my nine years as head coach. It’s only going to get bigger.”