The tailgate parties were all along the Northfield parking lot waiting for the start of the football game to see if the Norse could go 2-0.The Northfield varsity football team improved their record to 2-0 this season with a 21-14 win over Triton.
In the first quarter the scoring started on a questional call as the Triton receiver and the Northfield defensive back catching the ball at the same time in the end zone and the Northfield defender coming down with the ball. The referee pointed that it was Northfield’s ball and then changed their mind and gave Triton a touchdown. With 1:37 remaining in the quarter Northfield’s Joe Frieden picked up a Triton fumble and raced 31yds for the touchdown.
Starting the second quarter, Triton fumbled and Northfield’s Peyton Ross recovered. Three minutes later Andy Roser caught a 26yd TD strike from Austin Gottschalk, the kick was good and the Norse led 14-7. On Triton’s next possesion Joseph Ross tackled the runner in the back field on a draw play. The next play Justin Parker blocked the punt and Northfield was in business. Gottschalk fumbled and Triton had one more shot. Driving the field Triton had the ball on the Northfield 33. Going for the home run, Northfield’s Austin Curless intercepted the pass on the three yard line and the Norse downed the ball three times to end the half.
In the third quarter Gottschalk hit Jared Kirtlan on a pass to the 41. Apass to Roser and the Norse were on the 27. Another Gottschalk to Roser pass to the 16 where a 33yd FG attempt failed. Triton worked the ball to the Norse 39 before the quarter ended.
The Norse defense held. On their next possession Gottschalk was picked off and Triton ran the ball back to the Norse 15. Two plays later Triton hit a pass for a TD and it was all tied at 14 with 8:51 to play. Northfield took the ball on the 35 and after two Roser runs for 12 yds, Gottschalk hit Parker for a 53yd TD strike. The extra point was good and the Norse led 21-14. Triton trying to go to the air to catch up failed as Curless intercepted the pass. Northfield was driving with Triton calling time outs. On 4th and 5, Northfield faked a FG and Parker ran 27yds for a first down. Two more runs by work horse Adam Roser and the clock ran out for a Norse victory.
Individual Passing / Yds / interceptions
Austin Gottschalk 8/17 184 1
Receiving # passes caught / Yds / Scores
Matt Shafer 1 22
Andy Roser 3 72 1
Justin Parker 1 53 1
Jared Kirtlan 1 16
Hunter Wells 2 21
Rushing Attempts / Yds
Andy Roser 8 / 24
Justin Parker 10/ 28
Hunter Wells 3/ 13
Team leaders were: Evan Huiras, Andy Roser, Scott Ammons, & Peyton Ross
Tackles for Loss
Scott Ammons and Austin Gottschalk each had one
Austin Curless 2 & one pass knocked down
Joe Frieden 31 yd fumble recovery for score
Jared Kirtlan Blocked punt
Peyton Ross Fumble recovery
Coach Diener says, “Kids played hard, didn’t quit, & it was an exciting game to be part of. One of the big positivies was we only had one penalty for five yards. We struggled to run the ball but ran it well enough to set up our passing game. We must improve our running game. Defensively, we made them work for everything they gained. Austin Curless had two interceptions and should have been given credit for a third. We were able to get good play out or defensive tackles Peyton Ross & Scott Ammons. The linebackers were much improved over last week especially Evan Huiras. We travel to North Miami next Friday night for our conference opener.”