Northwest hosted Notre Dame in an SOC I battle Friday night that ended with a 35-14 win for the Mohawks.
Notre Dame would score first on their first possession of the game on a run by Logan Emnett, who also ran in the conversion. Northwest followed up at the 4:40 mark in the first quarter as Brayden Campbell carried the ball in to put the Mohawks on the board. Evan Throckmorton kicked the extra point for the Mohawks, making the score 8-7, but that would be the last time Notre Dame would lead in the contest.
As Northwest kicked to Notre Dame, they would fumble on the catch with Jason Adkins recovering at the Mohawks 36 yard line. With just under a minute in the 1st quarter, Ashton Hall would score Northwest’s second touchdown, making the score 13-6.
In Notre Dame’s first possession of the second quarter, Caleb Goodson sacked the Notre Dame quarterback Caleb Nichols. Notre Dame would punt the ball on fourth down and the Mohawks took over at the Notre Dame 26 yard line.
With 4:40 left in the second quarter, Notre Dame player Jake McGuire was injured and the game was delayed while coaches and medics attended to his injuries.
When play resumed, Northwest sent Throckmorton in on the 4th down. Throckmorton faked the kicked and ran for eight yards giving Northwest anotherfirst down. A few short plays later, Campbell ran for another Northwest touchdown and with Throckmorton kicking the extra point, the score became 20-8.
Notre Dame’s Emnett came back by breaking away for a long carry and eventually Emnett scoring on a short run with 4:53 left in the second quarter to bring the Titans to within six points at 20-14.
At 9:45 in the third quarter, Austin Penrod would run 16 yards into the endzone to score for the Mohawks. Hall would pass to Timmy Emmons on the conversion, extending the Mohawks lead to 28-14. With 1:45 left on the clock in the third, Campbell would score the last touchdown for the Mohawks on a long run and after another successful PAT by Throckmorton, Northwest would lead 35-14 in what would ultimately be the final score of the night.
Emnett carried the ball for 118 yards on 27 attempts, with Beau Hobbs attaining 27 yards on three attempts. McGuire attempted three runs for 14 yards. Braidan Haney contributed 13 tackles defensively, while offensively he had nine yards on four rushing attempts. Nichols attempted three passes with Vaughters catching two of them for 59 yards. Ethan Kammer was credited with nine tackles and Jake Cole had four also.
Hall who was credited with 23 yards rushing on the night, also had six attempts passing, connecting one pass for 13 yards. When talking to Hall after the game, he said, “It felt great to get this win. I want to give a shout out to my offensive line, and to Timmy Emmons (AKA Bobby Boucher).”
Penrod, a senior for Northwest, who had a big night rushing with 83 yards on 12 attempts, said following his team’s victory, “It was a good game, we gave it a total team effort. We have more work to put in and I am proud of my team.”
Coach Doug Montavon recapped his team’s performance when talking to him about the win, “Our kids came out and played aggressive, hard hitting football tonight and we had several players step up for us throughout the game. The offensive line (Caleb Crabtree, Kaden Zumbro, Bruce South, Gabe Scott and Taylor Phillips) controlled the trenches tonight which really opened up our run game and let our backs have success. Brayden Campbell had a break out game with several great runs as a freshman rushing for 237 yards on 15 attempts, with three touchdowns and averaging 15.8 yards per carry. He also had nine tackles. Austin Penrod stepped up as a senior getting the troops rallied throughout the game from his fullback position. He had 11 carries for 65 yards and a TD and eight tackles. Ashton Hall also stepped up as a senior leading the team from quarterback position. Ashton had some key carries on drives and also made great decisions with the ball in his hands. Having Timmy Emmons return this week from injury was a huge confidence boost to our guys. Emmons is a leader on and off the field and someone our team looks up to so having him back out there was huge. He had five big hit tackles and six carries for 44 yards. Coach Shannon put together a great defensive game plan and the guys stepped up and executed it keeping Notre Dame scoreless in the second half. Evan Lintz had another good game as a freshman with 14 tackles from the linebacker position. Jake Stump, Waylon McGlone, Michael Bayless and South came in some on the d-line and made some crucial plays for us off the bench. It was a good, all around night for the Mohawks out on Roy Rogers Field.”
Notre Dame will host Manchester this Friday night at Spartan Stadium in downtown Portsmouth with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m.
Northwest will have their senior night festivities this Friday night as the Green Bobcats come to town to face the Mohawks. Kickoff for that game is also slated for 7:00 p.m.
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