Junior running back Greg Ohman rushed eight times for 102 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern stayed unbeaten with a hardfought 10-6 homecoming victory over St. Croix Falls hin high school football Friday night at Gordon L. Nelson Field in Maple.
Senior running back Colin Trautt added 18 carries for 63 yards but the yards were hard to come by in this one, with the Tigers (3-0) limited to 254 yards compared to 107 for the Saints (1-2).
After St. Croix Falls hit a fade route and hook and ladder, the Saints got on the scoreboard when quarterback Zack Clark scored on a 6-yard bootleg with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter. That’s as close as they would get, however, as Northwestern’s stifling defense held them to just 23 rushing yards on 28 carries.
Ohman led the defensive effort with 10 tackles, while teammate Tanner Kaufman added nine. Kaufman, Austin Schlies and Adam Thompson had quarterback sacks, while Harrison Nelson added a fumble recovery.
After blowing out their first two opponents, the Tigers got the test they needed heading into another Heart O’ North Conference showdown next week at Cumberland (3-0).
“The kids really did everything they could defensively to win the game,” Northwestern coach Jovin Kroll said. “We struggled up front with their line. St. Croix Falls has some really strong and aggressive defensive tackles, and they gave our offense fits all game. We haven’t had a night like this in conference play in awhile, where we struggled to move the ball, but the kids fought through the adversity and found a way to get the win.”
St. Croix Falls 0-0-6-0—6
NW — Greg Ohman 22 run (Dawson Kriske kick)
NW — Kriske 34 field goal
SCF — Zack Clark 6 run (passed failed)