by Gary Andrews
With the defense pitching a shut out, the Northfield offense used a 20 point third quarter out burst in route to a 39-0 win over North Miami Friday, raising their season record to 2-1.
Northfield set the tone of the game right from the start when Jon Fawley recovered a Warrior fumble on the first series to give Northfield great field position that they quickly took advantage of. With the aide of a North Miami face mask, the Norse rode the back of fullback Josh Bickel to march down the field, with Bickel scoring from 3 yards out on their first possession with 6:14 on the clock to take a 6-0 lead.
The Norse defense would stand strong on the Warriors first possession of the second quarter, forcing a fumble off a bad snap to take over on the 41. Quarterback Carter Frieden would hit Marcus Kroh for a 7 yard gain to set up a third and 2, when Frieden pitched to running back Shane Vigar who busted through the line for 42 yards to the Warrior 9. After going nowhere for two plays, Alec Wells found a hole and scored from 9 yards out with 7:52 to play to give Northfield a 12-0 lead heading to the half.
Not wanting a second half let down the Norse came out inspired in the third quarter. Jared Short would give Northfield good field position to start the half on the kickoff return and after a hit out of bounds the Norse had the ball on the 47. A pass to Kroh and a running play put the ball on the North Miami 35 when Wells broke loose for 14 yards to the 21. Frieden would then find Wells for a 21 yard scoring strike with 9:24 on the clock and led 19-0. On North Miami's next possession, Nori Ogino would force a fumble and recover and the Norse were in business again on the Warrior 27. After a Norse penalty moved them back, Frieden found Bryce Kendall for a pass reception to the 2. After two plays accounted for going the wrong way for 7 yards, Frieden would connect with Vigar from 9 yards to give Northfield a 25-0 lead with 7:06 remaining. North Miami would mount their best drive of the game on their next possession, taking the ball down to the Northfield 8. On 4th and 8 the Warriors would throw one of their few passes of the game to the endzone that was broken up by Jackson Beery to stop the drive. After a holding penalty put the Norse backs to the wall on their own 10, Frieden would find Bickel over the middle with Bickel zigzagging down the field to the Warrior 20. On 3rd and 9, Alec Wells would take a pitch to the North Miami 4 to set up a Vigar touchdown run and the route was on 32-0.
The lone score of the fourth quarter came on Northfield's second possession of the quarter. With Drake Richter taking over at quarterback the Norse worked their way down the field, eating up the clock when Richter tip toed in from 2yds out with 3:59 left to give the Norse a 39-0 lead which would be the final score.
The Norse used a balanced offense, gaining 420 yards for the night. Carter Frieden was 9 of 13 for 192 yards through the air. Josh Bickel had 2 catches for 92 yards. Dylan Brown had 55 yards on 1 catch. Marcus Kroh hauled down 4 catches for 48 yards. The Norse had 164 yards on the ground, led by Shane Vigar with 65 yards on 5 carries. Alec Wells had 48 yards on 5 carries. Josh Bickel had 49 yards on 11 carries.
Vigar and Wells led the defense with 10 tackles each. Bickel added 9.