The Northfield Norse football team started it’s season with a 21-6 win over Bluffton Friday night. The Norse potent ground attack and an efficient passing attack was more than the Tigers could handle.
The first quarter ended scoreless with the Norse offense moving the ball. After a 90yd drive, lasting over 7 minutes Justin Parker took it in from 2yds out to go up 6-0. Late in the second quarter Hunter Wells intercepted a pass and took it to the two yard line, where again Parker scored from 2yds out to give the Norse a 12-0 lead with 2:20 remaining. The Norse defense stayed tough, holding Bluffton and giving the offense one more chance before the half. With :02 remaining Andy Roser connected on a 32yd field goal and a 15-0 halftime lead.
For three fourths of the third quarter it was a defensive battle until Austin Gottschalk ran one in from one yard out with 3:18 to go, giving the Norse a 21-0 lead.
In the forth quarter and the outcome at hand Bluffton pushed across a score with 1:08 left for the final score of 21-6.
Individual Passing / Yds / interceptions
Austin Gottschalk 4/9 34yds 1
Justin Parker 2/2 65yds -0-
Receiving # passes caught / Yds
Joe Frieden 3 76
Matt Shafer 1 7
Justin Parker 1 10
Jared Kirtlan 1 6
Rushing Attempts / Yds / Scores
Austin Gottschalk 7 13 1
Matt Shafer 12 61
Andy Roser 5 31
Justin Parker 16 62 2
Hunter Wells 4 3
Defense lead by Matt. Shafer, Andy Roser, Joe Frieden, & Justin Parker with multi-solo tackles
Tackles for Loss
Scott Ammons & Austin Gottschalk had 2 tackles for loss and Andy Roser/ R. J. Waldon each had 1.
Hunter Wells had a interception which he returned 14 yds to the 2.
Coach Diener says, “It was a nice way to start the season and a solid team effort. For example the field goal was set up by a forced fumble caused by
Austin Gottschalk & a clutch reception by Joe Frieden. Coach Schu’s offense did a great job of taking care of the ball and controlling the clock.
Austin Gottschalk, for his first start at QB, ran the offense very efficiently. We were able to get almost 100yds out of our two fullbacks, Matt Shafer &
Andy Roser, who compliment each other so well.
Defensively they followed their keys which put them in position to carry out their assignments. Matt Shafer along with Justin Parker did a great job running
Special teams improved as the game went along but is an area that continues to need work.
We need to continue to improve on both sides of the line of scrimmage of getting off the ball quicker.
We have Triton at home this Friday with a pretty decent fullback and good defense.