GALION — Although Northmor was a playoff team for the first time last season, it lost in the first round. The Golden Knights made up for some of that Friday with a 36-16 home win over Lucas, who has reached the postseason four straight times.
Conan Becker has been a demon running the ball for Northmor (3-0), but he added a bigger role in the passing game with two touchdowns receiving. He finished with 173 yards on 29 carries and 97 yards on only three catches for four total TDs. QB Hunter Mariotti completed 6 of 9 passes for 168 yards and three scores.
Cubs’ RB Jeb Grover continued his great play with 26 carries for 233 yards, but 107 of them were on two TD runs. QB Logan Niswander was limited to 4 of 7 for 27 yard, and was -30 on his 11 rushes. Niswander also threw two interceptions to end drives.
While the Knights’ defense kept all but Grover contained, Becker scored his first TD at the 6:38 mark of the first quarter, and Lucas blocked a punt deep in Northmor territory for a safety to close the period down, 7-2.
Mariotti and Becker provided big scoring plays in the second quarter with TD completions of 49 and 23 yards. The latter came shortly after Grover torched the Knights with a 50-yard TD run, but Northmor held a 21-10 lead at halftime.
Becker provided a big dagger to the Cubs’ hopes in the third quarter. Backed up to his own 8-yard line, Becker slashed off tackle to run 92 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-10 with 4:42 to play in the period. Although Grover rattled off a 57-yard score just 26 seconds later, Mariotti hit Gavin Ramos for a 41-yard TD at the 2:50 mark for an answer.
Northmor, which had 340 yards to 256 for Lucas, was effective in keeping drives alive by going 9 of 14 on third-down conversions.
Northmor will try to go to 4-0 in its first KMAC game of the season at winless Fredericktown next Friday.
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MARION — Mount Gilead scored its first points of the season to lead host Elgin after one quarter on Friday night, but the Comets took the lead in the second quarter and held it for a 40-24 victory.
Brandon Strickland scored the Indians’ (0-3) first points on a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Aaron Rogers added a 55-yarder later. Rogers also scored twice on conversion runs to put Mount Gilead on top, 16-14, after one.
Elgin (1-2) added two scores in the second quarter to go up, 26-16, at the half, but Rogers had his second long TD run of the game, a 46-yarder, plus threw a conversion pass to Mason Mollohan to cut the lead to 26-24 by the end of the third.
The Comets, however, closed the game with two more TDs in the fourth period.
Rogers ran 11 times for 170 yards and completed 8 of 21 passes for 65 yards, but four interceptions hampered his effort. Aaron Baer had three receptions for 27 yards. The Indians gained 403 yards while giving 529.
Mount Gilead will face undefeated East Knox in a road KMAC opener next Friday at 7 p.m.
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CARDINGTON — Colonel Crawford scored 14 points in the first half on Friday at Cardington, then matched the Pirates’ two second-half TDs with two in the fourth to win, 28-12.
The Eagles (2-1) had over 400 yards, including 302 yards on 49 carries. QB Zye Shipman was 13 of 15 for 124 yards and one interception.
Colonel Crawford scored a touchdown in the first period to lead 6-0, and added another in the second quarter for its 14-0 lead. Cardington, which got 24 carries and 205 yards from Mason Goers, first scored on a Goers’ TD run in the third quarter, and he scored once more in the fourth quarter. The Eagles, however, scored twice in the final period to win it.
Cardington was 2 of 10 passing for 20 yards, and rushed 43 times for 205 yards.
Cardington opens KMAC play on Friday at 7 p.m. at Centerburg.