Spooner tops Tiger football team
By: By Mike Granlund, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
The Spooner Rails used big plays to defeat the Northwestern High School football team 21-13 Friday night in Spooner in the Heart O’ North Conference opener for both teams.
Unofficially, Spooner gained 309 total yards, with Desi Fielding getting 126 yards rushing and Brett Gauger 83 yards. Northwestern held Gavin Anderson to 2-of-8 passing for 76 yards.
For the Tigers, sophomore Nate Pearson continued to pile up big yardage as he gained 105 yards on the ground. Micah Goetsch added 36 yards rushing and also had an interception on defense.
Quarterback Luke Freeman completed 5-of-10 passes for 87 yards with tight end Mitch Graskey and Micah Goetsch grabbing two passes each and Trevor Guenard the other.
Defensively, Alex Tecker recovered a fumble and Jay Karich led the Tigers with eight tackles.
The win puts Spooner at 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the HON. Northwestern falls to 2-1 and 0-1.
Friday’s game started with the Tigers getting the kickoff and putting together a long drive as they controlled the ball most of the quarter but failed score.
The Tigers eventually opened the scoring 1:12 into second period with a Freeman touchdown pass of 12 yards to Graskey and Jordan Orme’s extra-point kick.
Neither team was able to score during the remainder of the first half and the Tigers led 7-0 at the intermission.
Spooner received the second half kickoff and mounted a drive that saw Anderson hit Tanner Vik in stride on a fly pattern for a 52-yard touchdown. The extra-point kick was blocked and the Tigers still led 7-6 with 10:48 to go in the third.
On the very next series, Jordan Melton intercepted a Tiger pass and took it 35 yards to the house for a score for the Rails. The extra point pass from Anderson to Vik gave Spooner a 14-7 lead and some momentum.
The Tigers responded, though, with a long drive culminated by a Micah Goetsch 1-yard touchdown run. The point after kick was blocked and now Spooner held a one point lead at 14-13 with 1:11 to play in the third quarter.
On the next series, the Tigers attempted to stop Spooner on third-and-one yard to go from the 29, but Spooner’s speedy halfback Fielding broke through the line and sped 71 yards up the middle for a rail touchdown. J.T. Gunderson kicked the PAT and it was 21-13 Spooner with 11:50 left in the game.
Northwestern later put together a great drive, getting to the Rail 11-yard line, but an interception spoiled the drive and the Tigers chance to tie up the game. Spooner then used a grinding ground attack to run out the clock and claim the victory.
Northwestern will be back in Maple at 7 p.m. Friday for homecoming and a game against Ladysmith. The Lumberjacks lost to Hayward 37-6 Friday to fall to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the HON.
TIGER TALES: The pregame will feature the 3rd annual Tiger Community Event and a spaghetti supper sponsored by the Poplar-Wentworth Lions clubs to benefit youth football. Those events begin at 4 p.m. … At halftime, the Tigers’ 1988 state championship team will be honored. … Spooner will travel to Barron to take on the Bears.
Heart O’ North Conference
2012 Football Standings
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (3-0) 1-0
Bloomer (2-1) 1-0
Spooner (2-1) 1-0
Hayward/Lac Courte Oreilles (2-1) 1-0
Ladysmith (0-3) 0-1
Northwestern (2-1) 0-1
Cumberland (1-2) 0-1
Barron (1-2) 0-1
Friday, Sept. 6
Bloomer 53, Barron 6
Hayward 37, Ladysmith 6
Spooner 21, Northwestern 13
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 19, Cumberland 0
Friday, Sept. 13
(All games at 7 p.m.)
Spooner at Barron
Bloomer at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser
Cumberland at Hayward
Ladysmith at Northwestern