FREMONT—Heading into Friday night's game in Fremont, Grand Island had little going for it.
The Islanders were losers of three straight, playing without leading rusher Michael Tomlin and starting a new quarterback.
The Islanders dominated on defense and special teams, while winning their district opener at Memorial Field over the Tigers, 21-6.
They used a little bit of everything to accomplish their mission.
With Fremont trying to force a score just before the half, Pete Kropp intercepted an Evan Harpster pass and raced 35 yards for a touchdown which gave the Islanders a 6-0 halftime advantage.
Grand Island wasted little time building on their halftime lead when Jake Gdowski broke through the line to block a Fremont punt. It set up Bryan Mizner's 38 yard run that capped just a three play drive.
After Fremont answered with a 99-play drive to cut the lead to 14-6, the GISH defense was again asked to hold before the Islanders mounted a game-clinching drive that ate up over six minutes of clock. Mizner scored again on a sweep play with 4:03 left.
Mizner led the Islanders with 143 yards rushing.