Norse down Squires in OT

By Eric Christiansen

One extra-point made the difference between victory and defeat in Northfield's 49-48 overtime win over Manchester Friday, Sept. 20 at Manchester.

Northfield looked to be in control of the game early with the Norse scored on a 13-yard run by Jarret Shafer two minutes into the game. He followed that with a 9-yard touchdown run with 3:36 left in the first quarter for a 14-0.

Manchester's Tyce Rooney answered right back with an 88-yard kick-off return to cut the lead to 14-7 after a Klayton Hendrix extra point with 3:20 left in the quarter.

With 19 second left in the first quarter, Graydon Holmes scored on a 54-yard pass from Levi Fulkerson for a 21-7 Norse lead.

Squire quarterback cut the lead to 21-14 on a one-yard run with 7:27 left in the second quarter, but Fulkerson answered with a three-yard run of his own for a score to give Northfield a 28-14 halftime lead.

The third quarter was all Manchester.

Marcum threw the first of his five touchdown passes to Thane Creager for 55 yards with 1:45 into the second half to cut the lead to 28-21.

With 3:54 left in the quarter Marcum hit Kreeden Krull for a 14-yard score to tie the game at 28-28.

The Squires took its first lead of the game on a 51-yard strike from Marcum to Drake Hatfield for a 35-28 score with 2:05 left in third quarter.

Northfield answered with a 15-yard touchdown run from Holmes, but Trent Osborne missed his only extra-point of the game, cutting the Squire lead to 35-34 with 10:07 left in the game.

With 1:45 remaining in regulation, Fulkerson scored on a one-yard run, and scored on a two-point conversion to give Norse a 42-35 lead.

After two straight kick-offs out of bounds, Manchester took over on their own 41 with 1:45 left.

With the ball on the Northfield 30 yard line, Marcum found Creager streaking down the right sideline and hit him for a touchdown pass with 1:03 left in the game. Hendrix tied it up at 42-42 with the extra-point to send the game to overtime.

Overtime rules allow each team a chance to score with four downs from the opponent's 10-yard line until team leads after each series.

Manchester got the ball first in the overtime period at the north end of the field with four plays to get on the scoreboard.

With the ball on the five-yard line on third down, Marcum hit Krull for a five-yard touchdown, but the extra-point from Hendrix missed just right.

Northfield answered on the first play when Alex Haupert scored on a 10-yard run, tying the game 48-48 with the extra-point to come. Osborne redeemed himself from his earlier miss to knock the ball through the uprights to give Northfield the win.

“This was a heck of a high school football game,” Northfield coach Brandon Baker said. “I am very proud of how we didn't give up. Earlier this year we would have given up multiple times. We fought until the end, overcame a lot of adversity and came out with the win.”

Manchester coach Greg Miller echoed Baker.

“It was a great high school football game,” he said. “I wish we would have played better the first half. It was two teams playing hard-nosed football and they ended up squeaking one out. It was a great effort by both teams.

Fulkerson passed for 209 yards on 11-19 attempts and one touchdown for the Norse.

Haupert caught three passes for 71 yards, while Holmes hauled in two for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Fulkerson rushed for 94 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, while Shafer rand for 85 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns, and Holmes ran for 20 yards on two carries, both touchdowns.

For Manchester, Marcum threw for 233 yards on 10-16 carries and five touchdowns.

Gaerte caught four passes for 68 yards, Krull caught three for 28 yards and two touchdowns, and Creager caught two for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Northfield improved to 1-4 and will host Wabash Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Manchester dropped to 1-4 and travels to Southwood Friday at 7 p.m.

Southwood 41, Wabash 20

Southwood remained unbeaten on the season with a 41-0 win over Wabash Friday, Sept. 20 at Wabash.

The Knights struck early with Carson Heath scored on a 9-yard run 1:17 into the game, followed by a 42-yard pass play for a score from Alex Farr to Carson Rich for a 14-0 lead.

Farr hit Logan Barley from 43 yards out to lead 21-0 with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter Farr and Rich struck again with 8:32 left from seven yards out, followed by Rich scoring a third time in the game when he recovered a fumbled lateral.

With 41.7 seconds left in the first half, Farr found Rich for a 16-yard touchdown pass for a 41-0 halftime lead.

Posted on 2019 Sep 24