by Gary Andrews
It was homecoming night at Wabash as the Northfield Norsemen came to town. In night one of the county round robin the Norse would spoil the Wabash special night, defeating the Apaches 41-22.
For the first 11:00 of the game it was a defensive battle as both teams chewed up the clock keeping the ball on the ground. After each team had a possession, the Norse took the ball over on the 12 yard line after a great Roger Davis punt with 4:29 on the clock. The Norse kept the ball on the ground, mounting a drive that had two big runs, one from Shane Vigar and one from Alec Wells to get to the Wabash 22. Two plays later Carter Frieden went to the air, finding Wells from 18 yards out with 1:08 on the clock to take a 7-0 lead after one.
After holding the Apaches to start the second quarter, the Norse wasted no time in finding the end zone again. On an 8-play drive the Norse marched 54 yards when Frieden found Jarred Short from 14 yards out with 8:05 remaining to take a 14-0 lead. The Norse would score one more time in the quarter. Alec Wells would run an Apache punt back to the Wabash 13 and two plays later Shane Vigar found pay dirt from 7 yards out to give Northfield a 21-0 lead at the half.
The Apaches were not going to roll over and righted some wrongs at the half and came out swinging. With 5:30 on the clock Kodi Clemons would break the ice with the first Wabash score on a quarterback sneak to draw Wabash within two touchdowns at 21-7. Northfield, having trouble moving the ball the entire quarter got things going late. Starting at the 30-yard line the ground game found some momentum when Wells broke loose to the Wabash 16. One play later Vigar would break loose, scoring from 16 yards out with 1:00 left to make it 28-7 after three.
Northfield would extend their lead one minute in to the fourth quarter on a Drake Richter 1 yard run to make it 34-7. The Apaches answered less than two minutes later on a Roger Davis 40 yard TD reception to make it 34-14 with 8:34 to go. The Apaches would attempt an onside kick, but the Norse recovered and took advantage of the field position. On the backs of Richter and Bickel the Norse mounted a drive that ended with Bickel scoring from 2 yards out with 6:47 remaining, making it 41-14. Wabash would score one more time when Luke Proctor scored from 1 yard out, with the Apaches converting the two-point conversion to make the final 41-22.
For Northfield Carter Frieden was 2 for 7 for 32 yards, 2TD's. Shane Vigar led in rushing with 104 yards on 11 carries. Alec Wells had 74 yards, Carter Frieden 56, Josh Bickel 48, Drake Richter 33, Jarred Short 17, Jackson Beery 1. Alec Wells caught 1 pass for 18 yards; Jarred short had 1 for 14 yards.
Jensen Frieden led the team with 6 solo tackles. Shane Vigar added 3.
Wabash had 128 yards rushing and 101 yards passing.