Sometimes halftime is about fiery speeches to get the team ready for a second-half reboot, and sometimes it’s about making adjustments and fine-tuning the game plan.
Friday night at Freeman, it was a little of both.
Frustrated by a surprise defensive scheme from Riverside, the undefeated (5-0, 2-0) Scotties bounced back from a scoreless first half by scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions of the third quarter in a 34-0 Northeast A League football win over the visiting Rams (3-2, 2-1).
“(Riverside) had never shown that on film,” Freeman coach Jim Wood said of the Rams. “They were using five linebackers and basically getting a four-on-three situation up front. They were able to get a guy behind our block to stop us from running in the first half.”
Both teams were frustrated in the first half. Freeman drove to the Riverside 19 in the second quarter, but fumbled. Riverside reached the Freeman 7 before being stopped with 1:14 left in the first half.
Taking the second-half kick, Freeman running back Markus Goldbach broke off a 40-yard return, nearly breaking a tackle at midfield to spring the run for a touchdown – touching off a reignited offensive spark.
“Our offensive line is big and we just needed to make sure we were getting everybody blocked so we could run the ball,” Goldbach said.
Senior tackle Jordan Rose, a 6-foot-6 road-grader of a blocker, provided the holes, and senior Max Laib and Goldbach ran roughshod over the Rams in the second half.
“It’s so easy to run behind him because he does such a great job making blocks and he’s just so big,” Goldbach said.
Laib finished with three touchdowns and Goldbach two as the Freeman offense dominated the second half.