The Northfield football team traveled to Peru Friday and welcomed the Tigers to the TRC with a convincing 42-26 road win.
With a couple opportunities in the first quarter to score, the only points the Norse could put on the board came from a safety as Northfield led 2-0 after one.
It didn’t take the Norse long to get on the board in the second quarter. After the defense held, Dylan Brown would take back the punt 65 yards to pay dirt to give Northfield a 9-0 lead after the Noah Shear extra point. With the defense dominating the offense would mount a long drive on their second possession and score on a Drake Richter keeper with 4:27 left to grab a 15-0 lead. Peru would respond with 29.6 left on the clock when Brady Miller scored from 29 yards out for a 15-6 halftime score.
Northfield would deliver two quick blows in the third when Jared Short scored on a 71 yard run with 10:23 left and was followed by Drake Richter scoring from 76 yards out with 7:33 remaining to grab a 29-6 lead. Brady Miller would find the end aone for a second time as time ran out in the third to cut the Northfield lead to 29-12 with a quarter to play.
Peru recovered a Norse fumble early in the fourth and had a shot to cut the lead some more when John Schuler picked off a Cunningham pass to stop the threat. The Norse would take advantage of the pick with Jackson Beery scoring from 9 yards out with 7:12 left to make it 35-12. Peru would then make things interesting, getting a 45 yard scoring reception from Kordell Prescott with 4:46 left, then a second score from Brady Miller from 1 yard with 2:55 left to close the gap to 35-26. After recovering the onside kick, the Norse caught Peru looking for a run to milk the clock when Drake Richter hit Jared Short over the middle for a 55 yard scoring strike for the final score of the game.
The Norse offense racked up 309 yards on the ground and 105 yards through the air for 411 total yards.
Drake Richter was 4 for 6 for 105yds, 1TD
Rushing : Drake Richter 114yds, Jared Short 95yds, Jensen Freiden 42yds, Jackson Beery 42yds, Kyle Reed 3yds, Matt Coe 1yd, Jared Vigar 1yd
Rec : Jared Short 1 for 55yds, Dylan Brown 2 for 51yds, Ryan Driscoll 1 for -1yd