It was the final game of the regular season and the Wabash County round robin as Wabash paid a visit to Southwood Friday. In a game that wasn’t decided until late the Knights held on for a 35-21 win.
The Knights would get on the board first when a Robbie Cole 39 yd run set up a Nathan Hollars 5 yd TD run. Goff’s extra point was good as Southwood led 7 – 0 with 10:05 left. The Southwood defense would hold as the Knights mounted their second drive of the quarter. Robbie Cole would get the drive going with a 47 yd run on an option and eventually scored on a 2 yd keeper to make it 14-0. The Apaches would finally get their offense on track and answer the Knights with Luke Proctor’s 13 yd run up the gut and an extra point makes it 14-7 with 2:37 left in the 1st quarter which is where the quarter ended.
The Apaches would strike first in the second quarter when Chase Dirig connected with Grant Dirig on a 38yd scoring strike to even the score at 14 after the Owen Yeadon kick. The Knights would respond with a drive after a 32 yard run by Hollars sets up a Southwood first and goal. The Knights were forced to a field goal attempt that they faked with Chase Dirig intercepted a Blake Martz pass in the endzone and took it out to the 34. The Southwood defense again would hold and took the ball over with on their own 36 with 2:23 left in the half. A 30yd pass from Cole to Zach Ball put the ball on the Wabash 20. Cole then found Nathan Hollars to the one before Cole found Ball for a one yd TD with :13.9 seconds left. Goff’s PAT makes it 21-14.
The third quarter started with Matt Cox ran a fake punt on 4th down from their own 48 for a 23 yd gain, but Cole was later picked off by Yeadon who ran the ball back to the 21. The Apaches would mount a drive and with 6:15 left in the quarter Dirig found Trevor Vest on a 36 yd TD pass to knot the score at 21. On the first play of Southwood’s next possession Grant Dirig intercepted Cole’s pass at midfield. Defensive stands by each team gave Wabash the ball on their own 19 after a Cole punt as the quarter ended 21-21.
The Knight defense held to start the fourth quarter, but the offense stalled with Cole placing a kick to the Wabash 3yl. Again the Southwood defense would hold the Apaches to no gain, forcing them to punt when Nathan Hollars returned the punt 42yds for a touchdown with 6:15 on the clock to lead 28-21. Wabash took the ball over with 6:15 remaining, but with 4:09 left turned the ball over on downs. With the Knights moving the ball a 15 yd unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Wabash gave Southwood the ball on the 17 yd line with 2:17 left. Nathan Hollars would take the next carry inside the five before an off side penalty against the Apaches put the ball on the 3yl. One play later Hollars took it in from 3yds out to open a 35-21 lead with 1:34 on the clock which would be the final score.
For Southwood Robbie Cole was 11 of 24 for 124yds, 1TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 23 times for 114yds. Robbie Cole added 19 for 114yds. Matt Cox had 1 rush for 23yds. Nathan Hollars had 3 receptions for 15yds. Danny Goff added 2 for 25yds, Noah Kirk 2 for 21yds, Zach Ball 2 for 30yds, Jon Berlier 2 for 33yds.
Luke Perlich and Evan Kirkover led the defense with 10 tackles each .
For Northfield Chase Dirig was 13 of 33 for 172yds, 1TD. Dirig also rushed 21 times for 60yds, 1TD. Luke Proctor added 13 for 64yds, 1TD. Grant Dirig had 1 for 7yds, Trevor Vest had 2 for 1yd. Grant Dirig had 4 receptions for 69yds, 1TD. Trevor Vest added 2 for 42yds, Luke Proctor 3 for 31yds, Ian French 3 for 3 for 25yds, Ben Dillon 1 for 5yds.
Chase Dirig led the defense with two interceptions