The Northfield football team was in control of their own destiny Friday to capture the county championship as Manchester came calling with the same title on the line for the Squires. A win by the Norse would give them a perfect 3-0 county record, while a Squire win would force the tie breaker system to determine a champion. For three quarters Friday the game was up for grabs before a 20 point fourth quarter by Northfield gave the Norse a 34-7 win and the monster 105.9 the bash traveling trophy for at least a year.
Manchester would get the ball first to start the game, but went three and out with the Norse wasting little time striking first. On Northfield’s first play Jared Short would scamper 33yds to the Manchester 31, then six plays later score on a 21yd sweep to make it 6-0 with 8:01 on the clock. The Squires were moving backwards on their next possession before a ruffing the passer call on the 3yl negated a Short interception and gave Manchester the ball on the 18. The Squires would make the Norse pay for their penalty, riding Jacob Casper and Evan Milam down the field with Lucas Schilling punching it in from 1yd out with 1:07 left to give Manchester a 7-6 lead. Northfield ended the quarter with two Josh Bickel runs that went from their own 31 to the Manchester 44.
Keeping the drive going on a pass interference call, the Norse kept feeding Bickel until he hit pay dirt from 1yd out with 8:36 left. Jared Short ran in the two point conversion and the Norse led 14-7. On Manchester’s next possession Short would pick off Schilling on the 40, running it back to the Squire 8, but a costly penalty by the Norse and a determined Squire defense held. Northfield had one last shot at the end of the quarter for a score, throwing short passes and getting out of bounds to stop the clock when a fumble in to the endzone was recovered by Jacob Casper to stall the drive as the half ended 14-7.
The third quarter had a total of three possessions with the Squires going three and out the only time they had the ball. On Northfield’s second possession the Norse were driving from the 50 and had the ball on the 1yd line when time expired, still 14-7.
Carter Freiden would score on a sneak the first play of the fourth quarter and with the Kyle Heiser kick the Norse led 21-7 with 11:56 left in the game. The Squires would go three and out with the Norse looking for the dagger. The Squires seen a dose of Josh Bickel as the Norse marched 68yds on 9 plays with Freiden scoring again from 1yd out to give Northfield a 27-7 lead with 4:25 to go. On Manchester’s next possession Bryce Kendall picked off a tipped pass on the Squire 30 to give the Norse one more scoring shot. On 3rd and 1 Bickel would break loose to the 1yl, then score form the 6 after a hold with 1:00 remaining to make it 34-7 which would be the final score.
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