GALION — Northmor’s offense clicked for over 500 total yards on Friday, and QB Hunter Mariotti continued to impress as the Golden Knights rolled over visiting Fredericktown, 63-21.
Mariotti went 10 of 15 for 204 yards and four touchdowns, but the Northmor (8-1, 5-1) running backs were just as good, gaining 298 yards on 31 totes. Wyatt Reeder scored twice and ran for 152 yards on 13 carries. Tyler Boggs rushed five times for 52 yards, and Max Lower had 51 yards on six carries. Conor Becker had three carries for 42 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
Reeder’s 22-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes off the clock in the game showed the Freddies (1-8, 0-6) how the game was going to go, and things snowballed from there. Mariotti and Blake Miller only connected twice through the air, but both went for TDs and for 106 yards. The first, an 86-yarder with 7:02 to play in the first, gave the Knights a 14-0 lead, and Becker’s 3-yard score left the team ahead 21-0.
Mariotti threw three of Northmor’s four touchdowns in the second quarter, hitting Gavin Ramos for 24 and 14 yards to leave the Knights up, 35-0, with 3:32 left in the half.
The final two minutes of the half was as exciting as football gets, with Fredericktown and Northmor each scoring two touchdowns. Miller scored his second touchdown of the game on a 65-yard fumble return, but the Freddies’ Terry Fearn got it back at the 1:32 mark by taking the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a TD. One minute later, Miller took the Knights’ lead to 49-7 with a 20-yard catch, but Corey Webb took off on a 62-yard scoring run for the Freddies for a 49-14 halftime tally.
Northmor scored two third-quarter touchdowns with the running game clock, on Reeder’s 1-yard run and Max Lower’s six-yard scamper. Webb scored for the second time for Fredericktown from 2 yards out in the fourth.
Ramos caught six passes for 71 yards for the Knights. Webb ran 14 times for 97 yards for the Freddies, and QB Kailin Horlacher was 1 for 4 for -3 yards.
Northmor’s third-straight playoff berth clinched, the Knights will host a season-ending showdown against Highland on Friday at 7 p.m. Fredericktown will be home against Centerburg.
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