Knights win season opener; Scots and Indians suffer losses
By ROB HAMILTON
An offensive explosion in the middle two quarters led the Northmor Knights to a 49–35 win over Crestline in their season opener Friday.
In the first quarter, the Knights took a 6–0 lead after a Mitchell Whisler interception led to a 13-yard scoring run by Tyler Beck.
Crestline responded with a scoring drive to take a one-point lead, but Northmor didn’t waste any time in going down the field and getting a nine-yard scoring run by Zach Carroll to regain the lead.
Both teams would trade scores to give Northmor an 18–14 lead, but before the half, the Knights got an 85-yard pass from Carroll to Whisler to go up 26–14 at the half.
Northmor broke the game open in the third quarter. Beck scored on a short run and Carroll added a two-point conversion pass to Jamie Baldridge to make the score 34–14.
A 19-yard touchdown run by Beck was followed by a pass from Carroll to Garrett Rowan for another two-point conversion and then, Northmor got another touchdown late in the period to take a 49–14 lead into the final period.
While the Bulldogs put three touchdowns on the board in the final 12 minutes, they were unable to get closer than a two-score margin as the Knights opened the year with a win.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead struggled to keep Colonel Crawford off the scoreboard on Friday in suffering a 42–12 loss.
The Eagles tallied two touchdowns in the first inning and one more in the second to take a 21–0 lead into the half. Neither team scored in the third, but there were plenty of touchdowns lighting up the scoreboard in the fourth stanza.
Mount Gilead’s Brandon Young started the period with a one-yard run. After a Colonel Crawford touchdown, the Indians responded with a 20-yard scoring pass from Payton Vanderkooi to Michael Bland to make the score 28–14 in favor of the Eagles.
However, Colonel Crawford added two late scores on long running plays to pull away for the 30-point win.
Payton Vanderkooi threw for 172 yards and also ran for 87 in the game, while Kolby Fisher caught three passes for 76 yards.
Highland dropped a wild one at home against Fredericktown on Friday, as a late touchdown gave the Freddies a 36–32 win.
The Scots scored first on a two-yard run by Kyle Minyo followed by a point-after kick by Quenton Miller to take a 7–0 lead. After Fredericktown responded to tie the game, Highland got a 15-yard scoring run from Andrew Stillwell to take a 14–7 lead after the first period.
Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter, with Highland’s coming on a two-yard Minyo run followed by a Garrett Mentzer two-point conversion.
The Freddies tied the game at 22 in the third quarter, but Highland regained the lead on a field goal by Miller in the third quarter.
Austin Hathaway hit Chris Hoar for a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give Fredericktown a 29–25 lead, but the Scots rebounded with Minyo’s third touchdown of the game.
However, their 32–29 lead would not hold up, as Hathaway scored with his legs to give the Freddies the win.