For the first time in school history the Northfield football team started the season 6-0, defeating Rochester for the first time in 20 years and just the third time ever 35-12 Friday night.
The fireworks started right off the bat when Rochester went 73 yards on the first play of the game to grab a 6-0 lead. The Norse would respond though. On second and 11, quarterback Drake Richter pitched to Jared Short who then found Dylan Brown wide open for a 61 yard score to give Northfield a 7-6 lead just a minute and 9 seconds in to the game. Rochester would come right back, running 13 plays and taking up five minutes for their second score to take the lead back 12-7 which is where the first quarter ended.
The Norse defense would tighten in the second quarter but the offense just couldn’t penetrate the Zebra defense as the quarter was just trading field position with neither team scoring and the Zebras leading 12-7 at the half.
The Northfield high powered offense that wasn’t present in the first half made their appearance in the third quarter. The Norse would take their first possession on their own 24 and march down the field, scoring with 8:25 left when Richter found Jackson Beery for a 15 yard scoring strike and with the Noah Shear extra point led 14-12. The Norse defense would get a three and out with Jared Short running the punt back to the Zebra 46. On the back of Jensen Frieden it took just 7 plays when Frieden scored from 2 yards out with 4:34 left to lead 21-12. Rochester would fumble the insuing kick off with Jared Short recovering on the Zebra 37. Drake Richter would then hook up with Dylan Brown to the 5, with Richter scoring on the next play for their second touchdown in 18 seconds to open a 28-12 lead.
The Norse would tack on one more score n the fourth. With the defense dominating Beery would score again, this time from 35 yards out with 2:53 left for the 35-12 final.
Passing : Richter 8/12 for 102yds, 1TD : Short 1/1 for 61yds, 1TD
Rushing : Frieden 12/54yds, 1TD : Richter 11/56yds, 1TD : Schuler 4/50yds : Short 6/47yds : Coe 2/4yds : Beery 6/65yds, 1TD
Rec : Schuler 1/2 for 11yds : Brown 3/5 for 98yds, 1TD : Beery 4/4 for 57yds, 1TD