It was a classic. The Northfield and Southwood football teams met Friday for the TRC championship, leaving nothing behind as the Knights won a shoot out over the Norse 47-37.
Southwood would score on their first possession after stopping Northfield when Carson Blair hooked up with Peyton Trexler on the first of five touchdowns on the night from 30yds out to lead 6-0. The Norse would answer on their next possession when Kyle Reed broke loose from 51yds away to give Northfield a 7-6 lead. The Norse defense would then force a Knights punt before tacking on another score when John Schuler took a pitch and scampered 59yds with 4:06 left in the quarter to give Northfield a 13-6 lead. Again the Norse defense came up big, giving the offense one more shot before the quarter would end. Levi Fulkerson would then find Kade Kennedy on an over the shoulder catch for a 40yd touchdown as Northfield led 20-6 after one.
The Knights wasted no time in the second quarter when Blair and Trexler hooked up from 37yds out with 11:52 on the clock to close the gap to 20-13. In a high scoring quarter, Northfield would answer with a 63yd drive that was capped off by a Fulkerson 11yd run to put the Norse up 27-13. The Knights high powered offense would then go to work with Blair finding Trexler from 32yds out, then from 53yds away and just like that the score was tied 27-27 at the half.
The Knights would grab the lead with 4:22 left in the third when Blair connected with Gabe Lloyd up the middle with Lloyd using some juke moves for a 31yd score and a 34-27 lead. The Norse wasted to time getting back to even when Matt Coe tooka pitch to the left and out ran all defenders for 67yds to make it 34-34 with 3:39 left. The Knights would get the final score of the quarter when Parker Mays connected on a 25yd field goal to lead 37-34 with a quarter to go.
With some tired legs starting to make a difference the first score of the fourth didn’t come until 4:25 left when Grayson Craig hit a 30yd field goal for the Norse and again the score was tied 37-37. The big play of the game came with 3:07 left when the Knights were 3rd and 8 on their own 20 when Blair tucked the ball then stepped back and threw a strike to Trexler for an 80yd scoring strike and a 44-37 lead. With 1:01 left in the game, Mays would seal the deal with a 34yd field goal as the Knights won the shoot out 47-37.
Passing : Blair 16/27 for 457yds, 6TD
Rushing : Lloyd 18/87yds : Blair 11/54yds
Rec : Trexler 8/344yds, 5TD : Nose 5/65yds : Lloyd 2/44yds, 1TD : Riggle 1/4yds
Passing : Fulkerson 10/18 for 122yds, 1TD
Rushing : Fulkerson 17/68yds : Reed 12/135yds : Schuler 6/54yds : Coe 5/100yds
Rec : Kennedy 5/63yds : Reed 1/2yds : Schuler 1/8yds : Coe 2/19yds :