The Freeman Scotties and their two-headed running back tandem of Max Laib and Marcus Goldbach ran roughshod over the Northeast A League.
Who’d have thought it would be the same against a one-loss team during the first round of the State 1A playoffs? Saturday afternoon at Gonzaga Prep, Freeman dismantled River View 55-19.
The victory earned the Scotties a spot in the quarterfinals next week against Royal in Moses Lake.
In the first half Max Laib rushed eight times for 119 yards and scored twice. Marcus Goldbach had six carries for 39 yards then amped things up in the second half adding 16 more carries and 89 yards.
Between them the two thousand-yard rushers finished with a combined 262 ground-pounding yards and six of Freeman’s eight scores.
“We’ve been just going back and forth pretty evenly,” Goldbach said. “You know, Max is pretty quick and has good lateral movement. I’m more of a north and south kind of guy. We just switch off and they don’t know how to handle it, I think.”
“We’re the power duo,” Laib added.
As impressive as were their totals, the defense was a big reason for the lopsided score. While River View held the football for twice as many plays in the first half and strong-armed quarterback Ruvim Tytyunnie threw for 322 yards, the Scotties’ bullish line mowed him over, knocked down several passes or forced him into turnovers at key times.
He was sacked on fourth down at Freeman’s 32-yard line, leading to Freeman’s first score, a 39-yard pass from QB Preston Hoppman to Jesse Kitterman. The first of three interceptions that came after Laib’s 73-yard scoring dash, made the score 21-0 in a seemingly endless first quarter.
Tytyunnie would be picked off twice more before the half, yet threw for two scores to make it 28-13 at the break. Freeman’s fourth TD was set up by a remarkable catch by Kian Genteman of a wind-wobbled pass that was up for grabs.
The defense also forced a fumble and on three occasions denied Riverview on fourth-down situations.
Genteman was Hoppman’s go-to guy on third down. He had four catches for 82 yards, including 33- and 35-yard catches that led to TDs in each half.