Josten, Fremd defense shut out Barrington
Will Josten and Fremd clubbed Barrington 14-0 Saturday in a Mid-Suburban West battle at Barrington Community Stadium on the Broncos' homecoming.
Josten, a defensive end who played with a broken right hand that was wrapped like a club, deflected a screen pass with his wrapped hand. The senior then recovered to snatch the ball with his left hand and rambled 22 yards for a touchdown.
Josten was thinking about that exact screen pass play on the trip over on the team bus.
"On the bus ride here, I was thinking about this exact play," Josten said. "I hit it with my bad hand and I thought about catching it with my good hand. After I got it, I tucked it in and it was off to the races."
That touchdown came with 7:27 to play and gave Fremd a 14-0 lead in a game that was dominated by strong defensive play by both teams.
Fremd (3-3, 2-0) had not beaten Barrington since 2012 and not won at Barrington since 2009. It was a also a signature win for a streaking Fremd team that lost first 3 games.
Fremd coach Lou Sponsel credited his scout teams with his team's strong play in recent weeks.
"I really want to credit our win team, our scout team," Sponsel said. "Those guys, those guys who are in practice, they are the guys that help make our team."
Fremd's defense strangled the Barrington offense. Led by Josten, Devin Dinham, Luke Bilek, Ryan Haas, Nick Rattin, Jack Hipchen, Ryan Palmer, Trey Castella, Matt Rodi and Sam Carver, Barrington had just 55 rushing yards and 165 yards of total offense. The Vikings also had 3 interceptions.
"That's the real deal defense," Sponsel said. "We got some penalties for some stuff, but that's the cost of doing business. That is the style of play we have. They do that every day in practice."
The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, combining for more punts (11) than first downs (5) at the break.
"I thought we really picked up our defense even more in the second half," Bilek said. "We were really flying around."
Dinham, who had 4 knocked down passes at the other defensive end for Fremd, said rushing from the edge gave him an advantage.
"I just played my technique," Dinham said. "And tried to make plays for my teammates."
Fremd had all 3 of its interceptions in the second half, 2 of which led to scores. Palmer had a pick early in the third quarter that set up the Vikings for a touchdown.
Will Ferry caught a perfectly thrown pass by Ryan Saxe for a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
Barrington followed with its best drive of the day, moving the ball to the Fremd 4. But after a sack, the Broncos, who have now lost 3 in a row, missed a field goal.
"It was defensive game," Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said. "We made a few more mistakes with some costly turnovers. We just couldn't string some plays together."