LUCAS — A second-quarter decision to run for a 2-point conversion turned out to be the right one for Northmor on Friday night, as a missed Lucas extra-point in the second quarter was the difference in a 14-13 Golden Knights win.
QB Hunter Mariotti had 175 yards on 9-of-20 passing, and his two touchdown tosses to Blake Miller were the only scoring in the game for Northmor (3-0). Wyatt Reeder ran for 95 yards on 20 carries, but the rest of the team was limited to only 21 yards more.
The Cubs (2-1), which had 18 first downs to the Knights’ 10, threw for only 46 yards on four completions, but dominated the rushing stats with 262 yards on 50 carries. Tommy Zirzow had 22 rushes for 145 yards, and Ethan Sauder gained 89 yards on 13 totes. Good punting (41.0 avg.) helped Northmor pin back Lucas for some poor field position throughout.
The Knights scored first on an 8-yard Mariotti pass to Blake at the 4:44 mark of the opening period, but the extra-point kick went wide for a 6-0 lead.
The Mariotti-Miller connection produced a 34-yard score on the first play of the second quarter, and despite being relatively early in the game, Northmor decided to try to get its points back on a 2-point conversion run. Max Lower pounded it in, taking the lead to 14-0.
A little more than two minutes later, Ethan Sauder closed a quick Lucas drive on a 1-yard TD run, and Logan Niswander’s kick left the score at 14-7.
Later in the quarter, Sauder caught a 26-yarder from Niswander, but the kick was off target, keeping the lead in the Knights’ hands, 14-13. And despite the good passing from Northmor and good rushing from the Cubs, the lead never changed.
Northmor takes its undefeated record into KMAC play on Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Centerburg.
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