After winning the first sectional title in program history last week, Northridge kept the season going with a 17-10 win at Norwell Friday night. The victory came down to the final quarter, and ultimately the final offensive possession of the game.
Northridge took a 17-10 lead with 5:18 to go when Cam Ridenour scored on a two-yard rush. The Raiders had trailed 10-0 heading into the second quarter, scoring the game’s final 17 points.
Northridge fumbled its next possession of the fourth, but were able to force Norwell to turn the ball over on downs with 1:05 left in the game and iced the clock to move to the semi-state game next Friday at home against New Prairie.
Davis Welker scored Northridge’s first touchdown on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Payton Carson with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. Trent Brickner added a 37-yard field goal late in the second quarter.
Norwell (6-7) got on the scoreboard when quarterback Piercen Harnish scrambled 67 yards for a touchdown and later added a field goal to take a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
Head coach Tom Wogomon’s Northridge team (11-2) will host New Prairie (12-1) at 7:30 p.m. in the northern Class 4-A semi-state, opposite the southern semi-state featuring New Palestine (13-0) at Columbus East (13-0). New Palestine defeated Roncalli 44-13 and East smashed Evansville Reitz 42-14 to make the semi-state round, East in defense of its 2013 state title. New Prairie slipped by Lowell 28-27.
Around the area, Penn’s (12-1) season came to a heartbreaking end with a 14-13 loss to top-ranked Carmel (13-0) in the 6-A semi-state. A mere missed extra point in the fourth quarter was the difference.
Elkhart Central’s (5-7) bid for its first regional title came up short in a 55-21 loss to LaPorte (7-5) in the 5-A tournament.
No. 1 Andrean (13-0) won its third straight regional title by crushing Jimtown (9-4), 38-7, in the 3-A tournament.
Top-ranked Rensselaer Central moved to 13-0 on the year after a 48-13 drubbing of Bremen (7-6) in the 2-A tournament.
Class 1-A’s top team went down when Winamac (12-1) ended up on the wrong end of a 28-6 final to Pioneer (12-1).