TABOR – Fremont-Mills ended Exira-EHK’s season, handing the Spartans a 51-6 loss Friday night in the first round of the Iowa eight-man playoffs.

The Knights took advantage of five Spartan turnovers, converting four of those into touchdowns. Otherwise, the game was statistically even: Exira-EHK’s 198 yards (39 rushing, 159 passing) and Fremont-Mills’ 202 yards (148 on the rush, 54 by the pass).

The Knights used a long return on the opening kickoff to set up the first touchdown less than 90 seconds into the game, and the rout was on.

It was 24-0 after the first quarter and the continuous clock began running late in the first half as the Knights continued to pull away, leading 45-0 at the break.

In its first eight possessions, Exira-EHK gained 82 total yards, but turned the ball over three times. Each time, the turnovers led to Fremont-Mills touchdowns. The Spartans turned the ball over on downs three more times and punted twice.

The Spartans’ best drive of the half came late in the first quarter when they drove inside the Knights 20-yard line, but a sack on fourth-and-13 from the 18 killed the chance.

In the second half, the Spartans finally got on the board, capping off a five-play, 60-yard drive on Tyler Petersen 1-yard TD run. Petersen keyed the drive on a 57-yard completion to his brother, Trey, to set up the score.

Exira-EHK dropped to 0-7 on the year.

Information for this story is courtesy of Joel Stevens of the Glenwood Opinion-Tribune.