Northwest uses time-consuming drives to defeat Bucktail, 42-6
Northwest visited Dwyer Memorial Field in Farwell on Friday and defeated Bucktail, 42-6. The Bucks showed plenty of opportunity to make it a competitive game in the first half.
Whereas the Bucks always come out milking down the play clock to try and keep time of possession in their favor, the Rangers too chose to play a deliberate offense.
Northwest put together a nearly eight-minute long, 72-yard opening drive which saw 5-foot-10, 235-pound back George May convert an easy third-and-1 and eventually power his way into the end-zone from 15 yards out.
The next possession was more of the same. This time the methodical drive covered 64 yards before May ran it in from three yards out, putting the Rangers up 14-0 early in the second quarter.
The next nine minutes may have been the best that the Bucks have played to this point in the season.
Bucktail quarterback Dylan Cross and back Zach Pick started taking turns running the ball with success as the third possession of the game saw Bucktail stall out on the Northwest 25, but the drive showed plenty of potential.
Chase Biller answered for Northwest, getting the ball deep into Bucktail territory after ripping off a 37-yard dash down the right side line on a reverse. This time, however, the Bucks would stop the Rangers for the first time, causing a fumble on their own 1.
The Bucks had just 2 minutes, 5 seconds to drive 99 yards but picked up a big chunk of it with a Zach Pick 52-yard run. The Bucks ran out of time on the Northwest 6, but after stopping the Rangers on defense and showing two promising drives, it seemed as though the second half was going to allow the Bucks to get back into the game.
Ranger quarterback Carter Hontz had different plans.
Hontz didn’t give his team a chance to play a deliberate pace as he came out slinging. Hontz connected from 10 yards out to Chase Biller to put the visitors up 21-0.
“I don’t know if there is too much speed coming at these guys, but we’re still not doing fundamental things correctly” said Bucktail coach Jared Hurlbert. “We have a lot of young kids on the team and it just seems that if they have a bad play or we get a bad call they start to hang their heads”.
However it was the next Ranger drive after taking a 21-point lead that would showcase the biggest play of the game.
Hontz took a snap and dropped back, allowing the Bucks defensive line to pursue him deep into the backfield before finding Landon Hufford on a middle screen. Hufford took the past right in the middle of the field and dashed 65 yards, untouched, taking the air out of the shell-shocked Bucks. Hontz would again find Biller on a three-yard touchdown pass as his third passing touchdown of the third quarter putting his team up 35-0 and the game well out of reach.
“It’s a tough match up to begin with, suiting 16 players against a team like Northwest, but when we don’t do things correctly, and us coaches know they’re capable their capable of because they do it all week in practice, we start to get intimidated a bit,” Hurlbert said.
Northwest will take its 3-0 record to South Williamsport on Friday as the Bucks (0-3) will play at CMVT on Saturday.
NORTHWEST 42, BUCKTAIL 6
Northwest 7 7 21 7 — 42
Bucktail 0 0 0 6 — 6
NW–George May 25 run (Matt Foley kick), 4:56.
NW–May 3 run (Foley kick), 9:35.
NW–Carter Hontz 10 pass to Chase Biller (Foley kick), 10:17.
NW–Hontz 65 pass to Landon Huffold (Foley kick), 6:33.
NW–Hontz 3 pass to Chase Biller (Foley kick), 2:27.
NW–May 3 run (Foley kick), 8:10.
B–Gage Sutliff 3 run (conversion failed), 2:55.
(Team and individual statistics were not available)