Raiders end quarter-century drought with four-quarter performance against NorthWood
Posted: 09/27/2013 at 11:23 pm
By: Anthony Anderson
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Payton Carson #34 Junior (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
No, these host Raiders impounded, impaled and imploded that nasty thing, burying the Panthers 38-14 in front of a jam-packed, jacked-up homecoming crowd on Friday, Sept. 27.
“Just look at that scoreboard, guys, look at what you just did,” Northridge coach Tom Wogomon told his gathered troops shortly afterwards. “That’s a butt-kickin’, guys. Celebrate this. You deserve it.”
The Raiders (5-1, 3-1) — who went into the contest on the short end of the Northern Lakes Conference’s most lopsided series all-time at 38-1, their lone win coming in 1988 — bolted to a 10-0 lead by midway through the first quarter, immediately answered with touchdowns on both of the second-quarter occasions that NorthWood (3-3, 1-3) pulled to within three points, and scored the final 21 points.
“We knew this was coming. We prepared all week to win,” said Travis Schlabach, who rushed for two touchdowns and 94 yards on 14 carries. “We practiced hard and knew exactly how we were going to do it.”
Payton Carson returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score and senior quarterback Tanner Love completed 6-of-7 passes for 105 yards and a TD as Northridge stayed in the hunt for an NLC title.
“That’s the second week in a row we were able to get (major contributions) out of all three areas of our team,” Wogomon said. “These kids played really well.”