FRANKLIN FURNACE — It won’t be official until it’s officially recognized by the OHSAA, but Northwest sophomore Brayden Campbell had a historic, record-book tying game in the Mohawks’ 67-32 win over SOC I rival Green on Friday night in Franklin Furnace, avenging the Mohawks’ 16-7 home loss at the hands of Green a year ago.
That’s because the sophomore Mohawk finished Friday’s win over Green with an OHSAA record-tying nine rushing touchdowns.
Yes, you read that right. NINE rushing touchdowns.
Those nine touchdowns on the ground ties Campbell with three others for the most in OHSAA history in a single game: Mount Gilead’s Jonah Barnett (9/2/16), Tiffin Columbian’s Cliff Miller (10/17/14), and Canfield’s Kimu Kim (10/4/13).
“It’s a great feeling,” Campbell said on his state record-tying night. “But I’ve got to give all the credit to our line. Our tight ends, linemen, split ends: they all led me and helped me find the holes in the defense.”
“It’s an awesome night for our program,” Northwest coach Bill Crabtree said following the win. “Awesome night for Brayden and our offensive line, (Nathan) Rivers had close to 100 yards also. Great performances by our guys up front to let Brayden do his thing.”
All in all, Campbell finished his night with 19 carries for 360 yards (a Northwest school record), and yes, the nine scoring totes.
Runs of 69, 13, 13, 34, 8, 44, 59, 11, 10 and one accounted for each of Campbell’s nine scores in Friday’s win, the first seven of which came in the first half.
In fact, Campbell also broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season on his 14th carry of the night, an eight-yard non-scoring play.
“Creating running lanes is what we’re constantly working on in practice,” Campbell said. “We know that our strength is running the ball. We’re just going to keep focusing on that and continuing to get better.”
“It’s an awesome thing to be a part of,” Crabtree said of the historic night for the Northwest program. “Seeing every thing working so well, our whole team was excited for Brayden. Our JV guys didn’t want to sub our starters out because they wanted him to get the record. It wasn’t our plan for it to happen, but it worked out that way and he had a great game.”
Like Crabtree said, it worked out so that the Mohawks could even get Campbell the record-tying touchdown.
While Northwest’s 67 points rivals the impressive scoring night that Green had against Hannan (W. Va.) in an 86-14 win a year ago, the Bobcats had their fair share of scoring in Friday’s home loss.
Green’s connection between senior quarterback Trevor Darnell and Ethan Huffman provided the Bobcats with scoring opportunities, including their first two scoring plays on two first-half touchdown passes from Darnell to Huffman (20 and 8 yards respectively).
Green’s other first-half touchdown came on an eight-yard rushing touchdown by Darnell with 2:10 remaining.
Campbell’s seventh rushing touchdown of the first half made it 49-18 Northwest at the intermission with the OHSAA’s running-clock rule in place to begin the second half.
Nathan Rivers scored the only non-Campbell touchdown for Northwest with a 35-yard run at the 8:22 mark of the third quarter to put Northwest ahead 55-18.
On the ensuing kickoff, Green senior Alec Smith took the return to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown, bringing things back to 55-24 in favor of the Mohawks.
On Northwest’s next drive, with 3:15 left in the third quarter, Campbell scored from 10 yards out to give him his eighth touchdown of the night. The blocked extra point made things 61-24 in favor of Northwest.
Darnell’s one-yard touchdown run which capped a six-play, 60-yard scoring drive on the Bobcats next possession reduced Northwest’s lead to 61-30 with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter. After not having converted one of its four previous two-point tries, Green’s Huffman did so on the two-point try after the Darnell touchdown by busting to the outside, successfully bringing the Bobcats back to within 29 of Northwest at 61-32 while also turning the OHSAA’s running-clock rule off.
Campbell’s ninth rushing touchdown came on the following drive, turning the running-clock rule back into effect, and ultimately ending the night for Campbell and all of the Mohawks’ starting offensive unit.
“We definitely have some things to work on defensively, wrapping up being the main focus,” Crabtree said. “Especially going into Eastern next week. They like to throw the ball around and spread it out like Green did tonight. Credit to them, they kept scoring on us and made it difficult for our defense at times.”
Northwest’s win improves the Mohawks to 5-3 with a 3-0 record in SOC I play.
Entering the season, Northwest and Green were primarily considered two of the preseason favorites in the SOC I race. Since then, Eastern and Symmes Valley have emerged as two contenders for the top spot in the race for a league title.
Northwest almost certainly won’t make the playoffs for the 2019 season, but that doesn’t mean the Mohawks aren’t playing for anything. In fact, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Crabtree says his team is still focused on claiming its first conference crown since its innaugural year in the SOC I for football — 2014.
“We’ve worked hard towards that goal,” Crabtree said. “We’ve got one goal left. We know that the playoffs are out of the picture, so our goal is to win the conference and let these kids have a memorable season. We’re on track to do great things. It’s exciting to have our seniors go out on a high note like we’re working towards right now.”
The Mohawks will travel to Beaver next Friday for their SOC I road contest with Eastern (3-5, 2-1 SOC I), 41-0 winners over Notre Dame on Friday at Spartan Stadium. Green (4-4, 1-2 SOC I) will prepare to travel to East next Friday for their SOC I matchup with the Tartans.
“We know that next week’s a big game,” Campbell said. “We’re going to continue working on our running game, being physical up front, and opening up running lanes.”
“Stopping the passing game is going to be our main focus,” Crabtree said. “Clemmons is a freak, one of the best players we’ll play this year. I’ve coached with those guys. I look forward to being on the field with Coach (Scott) Tomlison, he’s a great friend of mine. It’s going to be a good matchup.”
Northwest – 21 28 12 6 – 67
Green – 6 12 6 8 – 32
N – Brayden Campbell, 69-yard run (Dakota Secrest PAT good), 10:50 1Q (7-0 N)
G – Ethan Huffman, 20-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Darnell (Two point try no good), 9:19 1Q (7-6 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 13-yard run (Dakota Secrest PAT good), 7:43 1Q (14-6 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 13-yard run (Dakota Secrest PAT good), 2:40 1Q (21-6 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 34-yard run (Andrew Hyland rush converts two point try), 10:14 2Q (29-6 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 8-yard run (Two point try failed), 9:35 2Q (35-6 N)
G – Ethan Huffman, 8-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Darnell (Two point try failed), 7:34 2Q (35-12 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 44-yard run (Dakota Secrest PAT good), 4:29 2Q (42-12 N)
G – Trevor Darnell, 8-yard run (Two point try failed), 2:13 2Q (42-18 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 59-yard run (Dakota Secrest PAT good), 2:00 2Q (49-18 N)
N – Nathan Rivers, 35-yard run (PAT blocked), 8:22 3Q (55-18 N)
G – Alec Smith, 80-yard kickoff return (Two point try failed), 7:50 3Q (55-24 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 10-yard run (PAT blocked), 3:48 3Q (61-24 N)
G – Trevor Darnell, 1-yard run (Ethan Huffman converts two point try), 10:03 4Q (61-32 N)
N – Brayden Campbell, 1-yard run (PAT blocked), 9:03 4Q (67-32)
|Yards (Rushing-Passing)||487 (0-487)||263 (166-97)|
|Time of Possession||24:37||23:23|
|Penalties||6 for 47||2 for 20|
Rushing – Northwest: Brayden Campbell 19-360 9 TDs, Nathan Rivers 7-83 TD, Wyatt Brackman 2-21, Kory Butler 1-13, Darius Williams 2-12, Billy Crabtree 2-12, Dakota Secrest 1-2, Austin Newman 1- (-6); Green: Alec Smith 14-108, Trevor Darnell 14-54 2 TDs, Ethan Huffman 2-4
Passing – Northwest: Austin Newman 0/2; Green: Trevor Darnell 7/14 97 2 TDs
Receiving – Northwest: None; Green: Ethan Huffman 5-72 2 TDs, Troy Otworth 1-22, Alec Smith 1-3
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at [email protected], or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT © 2019 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights reserved