BRITTON — Both defenses showed up for Friday’s Class 9A semifinal game between Britton-Hecla and Gregory. But the Braves found the end zone last, as Aidan Fredrickson’s 11-yard touchdown run gave them the 14-8 win.
They combined for five takeaways — Britton-Hecla forced three and Gregory recorded two — and were limited to just 24 first downs. While Britton-Hecla was held to 264 yards, its defense contained the Gorillas nearly all night. Gregory finished with 84 yards and 1.7 yards per play, including 62 rushing yards on 32 attempts.
Still, Gregory struck first when Jackson Eklund plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run. It went up 8-0 when Coy Determan connected with Eklund for the two-point conversion.
From there, it was all Britton-Hecla. The Braves responded fewer than 4 minutes later when Mason Jones ran for a seven-yard score and Cole Fosness, who rushed for a game-high 127 yards, caught the game-tying two-point conversion.
Neither team scored again until Frederickson ran for the game-winner with 6 minutes, 32 seconds remaining. He finished with 15 rushing yards and 12 passing yards.
Fosness also added nine tackles and Nick Nelson finished with eight tackles in the win.
For Gregory, Eklund gained a team-high 60 yards on the ground. Jordan Vosika had a game-high 15 tackles, Rhoss Oliver added 10 and Luke Murray and Eklund each chipped in nine. Determan also intercepted a pass.
The Braves take on Canistota/Freeman at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 at Dana J. Dykhouse in the Class 9A state title game. Gregory finishes the season 9-2.