On a cold blistery night that had second half rain the Wabash and Northfield football teams opened their county round robin schedule at Northfield with the Norse shutting out the Apaches 20-0 on the back of 236 yard rushing game from Josh Bickel.
The Apaches took the ball first and moved the ball down the field on a 13 play drive that took them to the Northfield 28 before giving the ball over on downs. The Norse and Bickel wasted no time taking advantage of the defense coming up big as Bickel raced 68 yards on their first play to the Wabash 8. Two plays later Bickel scored from 3yds out as the Norse took a 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the quarter.With the wind and wet conditions the defenses would dominate the rest of the quarter ending at 7-0.
The Norse would score on their first possession of the second quarter when after 8 plays Bickel would find pay dirt again from 5yds out and led 13-0. The Apaches tried to use their passing game to get back in striking distance, but wind and rain made it hard to handle as the score remained 13-0 at the half.
The Norse went three and out to start the second half and it looked as though the Apaches were going to close the gap on their next possession. Aided by a pass interference call on the Norse, Wabash would move the ball down the field, consuming major time on the clock while marching into Norse territory. The Apaches had the ball on the Northfield 24 when the drive stalled after 12 plays on an incomplete pass. Northfield was answering the Wabash drive as play ended in the third quarter with the Norse leading 13-0.
On the first play of the fourth quarter Bickel would break loose for 25yds to take the ball to the Apache 12, but two plats later Owen Yeadon intercepted a Carter Frieden pass on the 7 yard line, taking it back to the 35. Again the Norse defense would step up big, stopping the Apaches on four plays to get the ball back on the 41. Three plays later Jensen Frieden found a gap and raced 24yds for a touchdown with 4:52 remaining and after the Kyle Heiser kick the Norse led 20-0. It looked like the Apaches were going to get the goose egg off the score board with a minute to go when Grant Dirig ran a punt back 60yds for an apparent touchdown when the play was called back for a block in the back, so the game ended at 20-0.
For Northfield Carter Frieden was 3 for 5 for 14yds. Frieden added 17yds rushing. Josh Bickel carried the ball 29 times for 236yds, 2TD. Jensen Frieden added 2 for 26yds, 1TD. Jarred Short had 5 carries for 21yds, Jackson Beery 1 for 4yds. Shane Vigar, Nori Ogino and Ryan Driscoll had 1 catch each.
Wabash stats will be added when received.