UPDATED: Tigers win big at HaywardThe Northwestern Tiger football team put together a solid performance on both sides of the ball Friday on Rod Lundberg Field in Hayward to defeat the Hurricanes 35-7 in a key Heart O’ the North Conference game.
By: By Mike Granlund, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
HAYWARD — The Northwestern Tiger football team put together a solid performance on both sides of the ball Friday on Rod Lundberg Field in Hayward to defeat the Hurricanes 35-7 in a key Heart O’ the North Conference game.
The Tigers, 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the HON, got two touchdowns each from Micah Goetsch and Nate Pearson and a 25-yard scoring run from Trevor Guenard.
Northwestern used a strong run game to pile up 318 yards on the ground, with Pearson netting 159 yards, Goetsch 71 and Guenard 63.
Tigers quarterback Luke Freeman completed his only pass attempt to Goetsch for 33 yards. Freeman is now 16-of-22 passing for the season.
For Hayward (1-4, 1-2), which was playing without injured quarterback Joe Stark, Alec Duffy, Beau Girard and Garred Becker combined to rush for 102 yards. Girard completed two passes and Jeremiah Johnson completed one to Duffy on a busted punt attempt.
Defensively, Elias Alexandrou and Jay Karich led a Tiger defense that totaled six tackles-for-losses.
After the game, Northwestern coach Dennis Scherz credited his assistant coaches for their preparation for this game. He also complemented the offensive line for their play in opening up holes for the running backs.
Hayward started strong, forcing the Tigers to a three-and-out and getting a big punt return. The ’Canes, however, then fumbled the ball, and Alexandrou recovered it on the Northwestern 26.
A methodical drive of 74 yards resulted in a 5-yard Goetsch touchdown run and Jordan Orme’s extra point made it 7-0 for the Tigers.
In the second quarter, the Tigers put together a 95-yard drive, finishing it off with a Pearson 5-yard run. The kick by Orme made it 14-0.
A long field goal attempt by Hayward’s Jeremiah Johnson was no good, and Northwestern took the two-touchdown lead into the locker room.
After stopping Hayward to open the second half, Northwestern went 73 yards for another score by Pearson. Orme’s boot made it 21-0.
The Tigers then got another Goetsch TD run, this one from 1 yard out, and the successful PAT made it 28-0 at the end of three quarters.
Hayward’s Girard, a converted halfback, tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jared Ahlgren in the fourth quarter. Johnson kicked the PAT and the Tigers’ lead was cut to 28-7.
A 39-yard field-goal attempt by Orme hit the right upright and bounced back late in the fourth, but the Tigers did score again when Guenard sprinted through the Hurricanes for a 25-yard score.
Northwestern will play at the new Endeavor Stadium in Cumberland at 7 p.m. Friday. Scherz calls this a key game in the HON and said, “Cumberland is a solid team with a number of outstanding athletes. We will have to play well to win this game.”
The game will be broadcast on WNXR 107.3 radio and will be on the web at ifan.tv.
Hayward is at Barron Friday.
Northwestern 7 7 14 7 — 35
Hayward 0 0 0 7 — 7
N—Micah Goetsch 5-yard run (Jordan Orme kick), 5:35.
N—Nate Pearson 5-yard run (Orme kick), 4:00.
N—Pearson 1-yard run (Orme kick), 6:00.
N—Goetsch 1-yard run (Orme kick), 1:00.
H—Beau Girard 32-yard pass to Jared Ahlgren (kick by Jermiah Johnson), 9:00.
N—Trevor Guenard 25-yard run (Orme kick), 2:00.
Total Net Yards 353 168
Plays 57 43
Passing 1-1 3-7
Passing Yards 34 57
First downs 19 8
Rushes-yards 55-319 36-111
Kickoff Returns 2-22 4-119
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Punts 2-53.5 4-30.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 4-30 3-25
Time of Possession 32:25 15:25