DANVILLE — Danville stuffed the Northmor running game for the most part on Friday, so it was up to Golden Knights’ quarterback Hunter Mariotti to provide most of the offense in the team’s 37-7 victory.
With Northmor’s (7-1, 4-1) rushers held to 79 yards on 22 carries, Mariotti, one week after throwing for 293 yards, had another 252 on Friday, and on a nearly-flawless 19-of-22 attempts (86 percent). RB Wyatt Reeder, held to 44 yards on 12 carries, did much better in the passing game, catching four for 80 yards, and Gavin Ramos had 10 catches for 63 yards.
Reeder also distinguished himself by scoring four touchdowns in three different ways. After a safety with 8:14 to play in the first quarter gave the Knights the lead, Reeder ran for a 4-yard touchdown at the 5:27 mark to take the lead to 9-0.
In the second quarter, Reeder and Mariotti hooked up on two TD catches, the first from 44 yards out with 6:08 remaining and the second a 4-yarder with 1:19 left. But Reeder wasn’t done for the half, as he stepped in front of a pass from Blue Devil QB Charlie Cook and turned it into a 47-yard touchdown that, with 30 seconds to play, left Northmor up 30-0 at the break.
Danville (2-6, 2-3) faced a running game clock for a few minutes of the second half, but put the regular clock back in operation after a 65-yard pass from Cook to Nick O’Dell with 7:47 left in the third quarter. The Knights got the running clock going again with 51 seconds left in the period on a Mariotti 3-yard run.
The Blue Devils had 221 total yards, as Cook went 5 of 11 for 93 yards and the team rushed 33 times for 128 yards. Cook was also the game’s leading ball carrier with 61 yards on 14 rushes, and Langdon Johnson rushed six times for 30 yards. O’Dell paced the team with 71 yards on two catches, and Johnson caught three passes for 22 yards.
Northmor got one notable player back from injury. Conor Becker, who ran for over 1,900 yards last season, got his first four carries of the year for nine yards.
Northmor will play its final two games at home, starting Friday against Fredericktown at 7 p.m. Danville will be at Highland.
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