Southern Columbia dismantles Northwest
The Tigers were in full playoff mode as the first team needed less than two quarters of play to seal the win and give the second team some valuable playing time. While the offense seemed to have its way with an incredible line surge and positive yards at will, the defense was even more spectacular. Southern’s offense did not have to start in its own territory until their fifth series. First there was a high snap on the opening series punt by Northwest recovered at the Ranger 21 yard-line. Then Jared Hallick picked-off a Jeff Moss pass and ran it to the ten for a first-and-goal. Next sophomore, Tom Schetroma recovered a fumble at the eight yard-line after a failed pitch on an option play. In all, the Tiger defense held Northwest to three-and-out or less on every series of the first half. Meanwhile, the offense capitalized on every opportunity. Southern was only forced to punt once in the half after two incomplete passes, but even that resulted in a 28 yard gain when the ball hit a player’s leg on the receiving team and was recovered by SoCo. All totaled for the half, Northwest was held to 0 for 9 passing with one interception, and -19 yards on 12 attempts to run the ball. Jake Morton lead the Tiger offense with 96 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns. Quarterback, Jake Townsend, did some running of his own, gaining 28 yards on 5 carries and a TD. He passed seven times with three receptions for 58 yards and a TD, including a 29 yard strike to Billy Shoop. Sophomore, Tyler Levan added the final touchdown of the half on a 30 yard break-away to make the score 48 – 0 Tigers.
The second half was an excellent opportunity to get playoff experience for the younger players. With the mercy rule in effect, the JV team managed the clock well, carrying the ball 28 times for 146 yards and two more TD’s from Levan. Jamie Slotterback had four touches for 33 yards, and backup QB, Brad Fegley scrambled for 29 yards on 4 carries. The second team defense continued to hold the Rangers without a first-down except for a 60 yard lob from Moss to Steve Merth for their only score of the game. The gain erased the negative totals by the Rangers to give Southern an edge of 403-49 yards on the night. Northwest ended their season with a record of 9-4 and the district 2, class A title. After an unbelievable season turn-around, six-time state champion Southern Columbia (9-4) will continue on their quest for more gold, taking on the winner of Saturday’s Tri-Valley(D-11) – St. Pius X(D-1) matchup.
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