By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD – A strong defensive showing kept Freeport in the game, but turnovers ultimately did the Pretzels in as they fell to Auburn 14-2 at John W. Wyeth Stadium Friday.
It was a tug-of-war in the first half; the only points on the board came from a safety after a strong Pretzel defense pinned Auburn in its own end zone. Freeport also intercepted the Knights three times but couldn’t muster an offensive scoring drive.
Holding onto the ball was also a problem for Freeport all night. The Pretzels moved the chains but committed a total of eight turnovers, three inside the Auburn 20 yard-line.
Auburn’s Maurice Huntley scored two touchdowns in the second half. The senior finished with 91 yards on the ground.
Auburn, Hononegah and Boylan are each 2-0 in the NIC-10 Conference going into Week 3. The Indians topped Guilford 47-30 Friday while Boylan edged Belvidere North 13-7.
Auburn and Freeport both play at home next week. The Knights host East. Freeport faces Hononegah.
Week 2 Scoreboard
East 58 Belvidere 14
Harlem 63 Jefferson 26
Auburn 14 Freeport 2
Boylan 13 Belvidere North 7
Hononegah 47 Guilford 30
Stillman Valley 18 Byron 16
Rock Falls 35 Dixon 13
Genoa-Kingston 45 Oregon 0
North Boone 47 Rockford Lutheran 7
Winnebago 43 Mendota 13
Chicago Christian 27 Rockford Christian 7
Westville at South Beloit