Northwood/Solon Springs wins finaleThe Evergreens conclude their first season of eight-man football with a 4-3 record in the Lakeland Eight-Man Conference and a 4-4 record overall.
The Northwood-Solon Springs football team ended its season Thursday with a 47-36 victory over the Luck Cardinals in Minong.
The Evergreens conclude their first season of eight-man football with a 4-3 record in the Lakeland Eight-Man Conference and a 4-4 record overall.
Northwood-Solon Springs trailed 30-14 at halftime but rallied with 20 points in the third quarter to take the lead. The Evergreens then held on to their lead by outscoring Luck 13-6 in the final 12 minutes.
“What really won it for us in the second half was our defense. Our defense played just a whale of a game,” said Brian Trettin, head coach of the Evergreens.
“In the two years I’ve been coaching, I’ve never seen us hit that hard.”
Trettin called Thursday’s victory the “greatest Evergreen comeback in school history.”
Northwood-Solon Springs scored on its first play of the game, but from there Luck took over, outscoring the Evergreens 30-7 in the remainder of the first half.
The turning point came with seven seconds left to play in the second quarter. Luck had the ball near the end zone with a chance to add to its lead, but Northwood came up with the stop to send them into the second half trailing by 16 points.
“You could really feel the momentum switch there,” Trettin said.
In the third quarter, Austin Meyer ran in two touchdowns and Daniel Gengenbach added another TD on a long pass. Meyer then ran in two more touchdowns in the final quarter to give the Evergreens the 47-36 win.
Meyer finished with five touchdowns and 263 yards rushing to lead the Evergreens. Brandon Wilcox added 113 yards rushing to finish the season with more than 1,000 yards.
Quarterback Brett Missinne completed 5-of-10 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns — both on passes to Gengenbach.
On defense, Wilcox had 15 tackles, 2.5 for a loss. Mason Barth finished with 12.5 tackles and Meyer had 8.5, one for a loss.
Seniors playing their last game for the Evergreens were Missinne, Meyer, Trevor Lafave, Jacob Dahlberg, Gage Harwick, Braxton Phillips and Wilcox.
“It’s sad to see these seniors go,” Trettin said. “They’re a class act.”
Luck 16 14 0 6 — 36
Northwood 7 7 20 13 — 47
First downs 15 17
Rushing yards 403 370
Passing comp.-atts 5-10 0-5
Passing yards 93 0
TDs-interceptions 2-1 0-1
Total offense 496 370
Punts-average 1-18 1-44
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 1-10 3-30