JOHNSTOWN — Northridge took advantage of Utica’s weaknesses on both sides of the ball for a 49-12 blowout LCL victory on Friday.
The Redskins (0-9, 0-4) could not stop the Vikings’ runners, who went off for 494 yards on 45 carries. Northridge (2-7, 1-3) QB Travis Neumeyer was only 2 of 4, but for 45 yards. The Vikings turned around to limit the Utica rushers to 22 yards on 21 carries, but Redskins QBs Ethan Adams and Collin McCullough were 8 of 16 for 125 yards. Utica also harmed its chances with 13 penalties for 130 yards.
Northridge had two big scoring runs in the first quarter, a 60-yarder from J.D. Miller and a 26-yarder from Cole Fox, for a 13-0 lead. Adams was on the receiving end of a 24-yard scoring toss from McCullough with 10:30 left in the second quarter which left the Redskins down 13-6, but Dylon Parman scored on a 20-yard run at the 3:52 mark for the Vikings’ 21-6 halftime lead.
Northridge had three more big scoring plays in the third quarter, a 36-yard Parman run with 10:25 left, Miller’s 40-yard scamper with 6:54 to play and Isaiah Harman’s return of a blocked put with 3:18 remaining, which put the team ahead 42-6, and brought on a running game clock.
Lane Hess closed the Vikings’ scoring with a 16-yard TD run in the fourth, and Brier Harris caught a 41-yard pass from Adams for Utica.
Parman ran wild, rushing 22 times for 237 yards for Northridge, and Miller gained 126 yards on seven carries. Hess had 63 yards on three rushes and Fox ran six times for 54 yards.
Adams pulled off a rare feat for the Redskins as the team leader in rushing (5-34), passing (3-3, 65 yards) and receiving (4-45), and McCullough finished 5 of 13 for 60 yards.
Utica has one last chance to end a winless season next Friday at 7 p.m., hosting Lakewood.
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