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 64yd 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 51yd 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 11yds out and the Norse were in controll 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 55yds 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 4yds 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 endzone 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 endzone.
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 Freiden found Shane Vigar from 4yds 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 5yd 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 118yds, 3TD. Josh Bickel rushed 29 times for 196yds. Jackson Beery added 2 for 70yds, 1TD. Carter Frieden had 13 for 29yds, Jarred Short 8 for 30yds, Shane Vigar 4 for 2yds. Jarred Short had 2 receptions for 61yds, 1TD. Shane Vigar added 2 for 57yds, 1TD.
For Southwood Robbie Cole was 18 of 34 for 203yds, 2TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 19 times for 82yds, 2TD. Robbie Cole added 9 for 53yds, Jon Berlier 4 for 2yds. Nathan Hollars had 7 receptions for 56yds, 1TD. Danny Goff added 6 for 79yds, Jon Berlier 3 for 58yds, Zach Ball 1 for 5yds, 1TD, Andrew Finicle 1 for 5yds.