Luck defeats Northwood-Solon Springs
MINONG -- Friday's game between the Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens and the Luck Cardinals showcased just how different football is at the eight-man level.
MINONG - Friday’s game between the Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens and the Luck Cardinals showcased just how different football is at the eight-man level.
Fans were treated to a scoring extravaganza as the teams combined for 358 yards rushing, six scoring drives and a 72-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
All that was in first eight minutes of the game.
Luck scored 38 points in the first quarter en route to a 80-40 victory over the Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens Friday night.
Cardinals quarterback Trent Strapon led his team with five touchdowns and six two-point conversions - two through the air and four on the ground.
At 6 feet and 210 pounds, Strapon was a difficult match-up for the Evergreens. The Cardinals bulled through Northwood’s smaller lineup and scored all of their touchdowns on the ground.
“It’s really tough for us to prepare for what we just saw - three guys on the front line at 265 pounds and a quarterback that’s 210 pounds,” said Evergreens coach Matt Hager. “It’s just not something we can really prepare for no matter what we do.”
The Evergreens, who rely on speed more than heft, have only four players on their 27-man roster who come in at 200 pounds or more. That put Northwood-Solon Springs at an obvious disadvantage against Luck’s punishing line.
“I’m not going to lie, that had us concerned all week,” Hager said. “We had a great week of practice, but obviously tonight it wasn’t quite enough.”
Luck improved to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the Lakeland 8-Man Conference, while the Evergreens fell to 4-4, 3-4.
Friday’s game moved at a breakneck pace.
During one 33-second span in the first quarter possession changed three times. It began when the Evergreens kicked the ball to Luck following a 48-yard touchdown run by Kacey Block. Christopher Pouliot took the return 72 yards to the end zone for the Cardinals, and on the ensuing kickoff Preston Lane stripped the ball from Northwood and recovered the fumble. Eight seconds later Ryan Hill covered up a fumble to return possession to the Evergreens, and they needed just three plays to score.
The Evergreens fared well on offense with a mix of running and passing plays.
Kacey Block and Brady Vig both broke away for long touchdown runs in the first quarter. Block scored the first TD of the night for Northwood-Solon Springs when he went 48 yards right up the middle, and Vig scored less than two minutes later on a 65-yard dash to the end zone. Walker Grenier finished off the Evergreens’ first-quarter scoring with a 15-yard catch from Matthew Benson.
In the second half, all of Northwood’s touchdowns came in the air. Benson connected with Grenier again late in the third quarter on a 30-yard pass, and the junior quarterback found Vig for a 59-yard score with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Northwood’s final points came with 6:55 left. Facing fourth-and-20 at their own 35, the Evergreens opted not to punt. Benson dropped back to pass and found Randy Fosberg in the open field for a 65-yard TD.
“We passed the ball well and we ran good routes,” Hager said. “That’s the biggest thing is the routes were really precise. That was definitely a bright spot.”
The Evergreens close out the season Friday at Birchwood (1-6, 1-6).
Luck.............................. 38 10 24 8 - 80
Northwood...................... 22 0 12 6 - 40
L-Trevor Dexter 18-yard run (Trent Strapon run), 11:06.
L-Strapon 27-yard run (Noah Mortel pass from Strapon), 7:34.
L-Strapon 2-yard run (Christopher Pouliot run), 7:09.
N-SS-Kacey Block 48-yard run (run failed), 6:13.
L-Pouliot 72-yard kickoff return (Mortell pass from Strapon), 6:00.
N-SS-Brady Vig 65-yard run (Mason Barth pass from Matthew Benson), 4:39.
L-Dexter 47-yard run (pass failed), 4:00.
N-SS-Walker Grenier 15-yard pass from Benson (Grenier pass from Benson), 0:33.
L-Dexter 9-yard run (Strapon run), 2:35.
L-Strapon 3-yard run (Pouliot run), 5:53.
N-SS-Grenier 30-yard pass from Benson (pass failed), 4:21.
L-Strapon 6-yard run (Strapon run), 2:41.
N-SS-Vig 59-yard pass from Benson (run failed), 0:31.
L-Strapon 10-yard run (Strapon run), 0:12.
N-SS-Randy Fosberg 65-yard pass from Benson (pass failed), 6:55.
L-Sam Nelson 3-yard run (Pouliot run), 2:25.