Norse Hold Off Knights In Battle Of Metro

by Gary Andrews

It was the annual metro bowl with Northfield visiting Southwood and each team sitting 1-0 in the county round robin. A win by either team would let them decide their own destiny next week as they chase the county title. Northfield dominated early and built a 20-point lead, only to have to hang on in the last few seconds for a thrilling 34-28 win over the Knights.

On their second possession of the game Northfield would strike. Carter Frieden would connect with Jarred Short on a quick hitter up the middle for a 64-yard scoring strike to give the Norse a 6-0 lead with 5:04 to go. The Northfield defense would then step up big, stopping Southwood on a 4th and 5 and taking advantage. On 3rd and 1 Frieden would find Shane Vigar, again on the quick hitter for a 51-yard strike and the Norse led 13-0 after the first quarter.

After botching a Norse kick off the Knights survived a missed field goal, but on the 4th play of their drove fumbled with Northfield recovering. Five plays later Carter Frieden would take it in from 11 yards out and the Norse were in control 20-0 with 8:10 left in the half. The potent Southwood offense needed to get something going before the half and did just that. With 5:23 on the clock Robbie Cole found Nathan Hollars from 9yds out to cut the lead to 20-7. The Norse would answer however when Jackson Beery broke loose from 55 yards out with 2:44 left to open a 27-7 lead. As long as there is time on the clock the Knights have a chance to score and did just that twice the last 2:00. After a long completion to Danny Goff, Nathan Hollars would score form 4 yards out with 1:41 left to cut the lead to 27-14. The Knight defense would then come up big, forcing a fumble and recovering to give Southwood one more shot. The Knights mounted a quick drive and with 1.8 on the clock Hollars would find the end zone and the halftime score was 27-21.

The third quarter would be the exact opposite of the first two as both teams mounted drives a couple times with the defenses stepping up as neither team could find the end zone.

The Knights would start the fourth quarter, again going for it on a 4th and 5 with the Northfield defense making the stop. The Norse would take over on the Southwood 45 and mount a drive little bits at a time, eating up the clock and scoring with 1:51 left when Frieden found Shane Vigar from 4 yards out to give Northfield a 34-21 lead. The Norse would then attempt a squib kick that bounced perfectly in to Johnny Jones hands as he raced to the Norse 21. With 44.3 on the clock Robbie Cole found Zach Ball for a 5 yard scoring strike to make it 34-28. With little time left and needing the ball the Knights executed an onside kick that was recovered by Peyton Trexler to give the Knights a shot at the win. On the second play Southwood was called for holding which pushed them back to the 45, but two plays later were on the 31. On 3rd and 10 the Knights tried a reverse with a pass that was intended for quarterback Robbie Cole with the Norse knocking it down and the Knights having one more shot. As Cole dropped back the Norse brought heavy pressure, taking Cole down for a sack as he threw a completed pass to a lineman, ending the game 34-28.

For Northfield Carter Frieden was 4 of 6 for 118 yards, three touchdowns. Josh Bickel rushed 29 times for 196 yards. Jackson Beery added 2 for 70 yards, one touchdown. Carter Frieden had 13 for 29 yards, Jarred Short 8 for 30 yards, Shane Vigar 4 for 2 yards. Jarred Short had 2 receptions for 61 yards, one touchdown. Shane Vigar added 2 for 57 yards, and one touchdown.

For Southwood Robbie Cole was 18 of 34 for 203 yards, two touchdowns. Nathan Hollars rushed 19 times for 82 yards, two touchdowns. Robbie Cole added 9 for 53 yards, Jon Berlier 4 for 2 yards. Nathan Hollars had 7 receptions for 56 yards, one touchdown. Danny Goff added 6 for 79 yards, Jon Berlier 3 for 58 yards, Zach Ball 1 for 5 yards, one touchdown, Andrew Finicle 1 for 5 yards.

Posted on 2014 Oct 14