NorthWood 14, Concord 6
NorthWood opened its Northern Lakes Conference slate Friday with a gutty win at Andrews Field.
Kaden Lone remained at quarterback for the Panthers after taking over for an injured Nate Newcomer last week. Lone sailed a pair of touchdown passes to Tanner Feenstra for 60 yards and 69 yards to Kyle Sellers to put the Panthers up 14-0.
Concord made it tight in the fourth when Hunter Dutton tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Mensah with 3:41 to go in the game. NorthWood, however, would stop Concord on downs in the final minute to salt away the win.
Lone finished the night with 171 yards through the air and 38 yards on 20 carries.
NorthWood (1-1, 1-0 NLC) will have a week off due to Goshen’s inability to play due to COVID-19 quarantine measures within its football program. NorthWood will return Sept. 18 at Wawasee. Concord (1-1, 0-1 NLC) will host Wawasee next Friday.
Peru 21, Tippecanoe Valley 18
Missed opportunities killed Tippy’s chances at Death Valley.
The Vikings lost four fumbles and missed a pair of field goals, a potential game-tying attempt blocked in the waning seconds, as the Tigers moved to 3-0 on the season.
Valley also ran 30 more plays than Peru (69-39), outgained the Tigers 323-290, held the ball almost nine more minutes and made 23 first downs to just 10 for the Tigers, allowing Peru just one first down in the second half.
Jamasyn Virgil picked up the slack toting the ball for the Vikes, gaining 110 yards on 17 carries in relief of Alex Craft, who left due to an injury. Craft had 76 yards on the ground before leaving.
Valley opened the scoring on a 48-yard pitch and catch by Branson McBrier to Rex Kirchenstien. McBrier would add another scoring pass of five yards to Jaxon Seaney and ran one in for a yard. Valley, though, would miss both of its extra point tries and its two-point conversion attempt.
Peru scored on a two-yard run by Levi Strong, Brayden Masters run from 53 yards and a 79-yard option pass from Matt Roettger to Matt Ross.
Next week Peru (3-0, 2-0 TRC) visits Wabash and Valley (1-2, 1-1 TRC) travels to North Miami.
Triton 14, Caston 12
After falling behind 12-0 in the third quarter, Triton mounted a comeback to earn a Hoosier North Athletic Conference win in Fulton.
Damian Sullivan had the only score of the first half on a 94-yard punt return touchdown. Samuel Smith opened the second half with a 1-yard rushing capper to get the Comets up 12-0, but in both cases, the team did not convert a two-point try.
Triton responded with two touchdown runs from Trace Schuh, the first from 13 yards and the go-ahead score from four yards out. Cole Shively’s extra points were the difference for the Trojans.
Hunter McIntyre led the Trojans with 26 carries for 168 yards. Schuh added 62 yards on the ground.
Nate Amsden led the Triton defense with nine tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. Amari Snyder and Keegan Westafer added interceptions.
Triton (2-0, 1-0 HNAC) visits Bremen next week while Caston (1-2, 0-2 HNAC) will have its hands full on its road trip to Royal Center to meet Pioneer.