DUNLAP — Bigger, stronger, faster. Concord saddled up its horses and simply ran away from Northridge.
The Minutemen softened up the visiting Raiders with wide-open runs off the edge, then hit three big-yardage plays to fuel a 35-7 high school football victory Friday, Oct. 11. Now 5-1 in the NLC, Concord can wrap up its fourth straight league championship by beating Warsaw next week at Jake Field.
In victory, the Minutemen exorcised the demons from a humbling two-game losing skid and put themselves on track for what could be another strong tournament surge. A year ago, Concord bounced back from midseason losses to Jimtown and Plymouth and reached the 4A northern semistate.
“All week long the kids battled some adversity. Losing (linebacker) Duncan (Boone), losing (tackle) Eriq Jordan ... that’s always tough,” CHS coach Tim Dawson said of his 6-2 team. “I thought all week long, we had much better practice and much better focus.”
Trevor Wilmore’s legs set the tone right away. Edge runs of 27 yards on its first play from scrimmage and a 43-yarder late in the first quarter helped Concord build a 14-0 lead. Three plays after his first dash, he found Adam Glanders deep behind the Raider secondary for a 48-yard touchdown and two snaps after his second long burst, Wilmore found his younger brother, Matt, in the end zone early in the second period.
Because of Wilmore’s effective moves in the pocket, Northridge was penned up looking for defensive answers.
“They were accurate in their throws, in their run game and we couldn’t establish a run game to those chains moving,” said NHS coach Tom Wogomon, whose club dropped to 6-2 overall, 5-1 in the NLC. “We needed to keep the chains moving and didn’t get it done.”
“We’ve said before, the most physical teams are going to win the NLC. We weren’t physical enough and they were.”