Friday, September 29, 2017
Northfield High School
Maconaquah High School
The Northfield Norsemen improved to 6-1 on the year after ruining Maconaquah’s Senior Night with a 34-7 win Friday evening. The Norse used a balanced attack, rushing for 292 yards on 48 carries while they completed 6 of 9 passes for another 173. The three passes that were off their mark were intercepted by Braves. Freshman Carter Little picked off two, including one at his own two-yard line midway through the third quarter. He returned his other theft 19 yards late in the first quarter after Northfield jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Seniors Evan Myers and Jake Hamilton also keyed the Brave defense as Myers got an interception and Hamilton scooped up a Norse fumble and rambled 21 yards late in the third period. Classmate Aaron Sedwick led all Brave tacklers with 12 stops, while Braxton Dewey and Little were each credited with eight.
The Brave offense never got untracked as Collin Silvers, their leading scorer and rusher,
was injured on their first offensive series and watched the remainder of the game on the
sidelines. Sedwick led the Braves in rushing with 74 yards on 11 carries, while soph Braiden Walton added 30 on 12 totes. Ryan Daine finished with 25 on three rushes.
Northfield used TD passes of 33 and 46 yards on their first two possessions to jump out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and later stretched it to 22-0 with 5:31 left in the first half.
The Braves took advantage of a short ensuing kickoff and used just two plays to hit paydirt. Quarterback Nolan Kelly hit Myers with nice 35-yard pass on first down. Sedwick followed with a 30-yard TD gallop. Ethan Larason’s PAT at the 4:56 mark cut the deficit to 22-7 where it remained at intermission thanks to Myers’ interception at his own eight-yard line with 46 ticks remaining.
Little stopped Northfield’s 12-play six-minute drive to open the third quarter when he picked off a pass at his own two and returned it five yards with the Norse threatening to add to their lead. After a Larason punt, the visitors took a 28-7 lead on a halfback pass TD with 2:09 showing. They provided the final count, 34-7, with another six-minute drive and score in the fourth stanza. The Braves threatened late in the contest, but came up short on a fourth-and-two at the Northfield 14 at the 2:54 mark.
Maconaquah, now 2-5. will travel to Southwood and face the Knights, who feature the state’s second-leading passer in Carson Blair.