NorthWood takes Fairfield mistakes, turns into huge football win

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Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 11:05 p.m. | Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.

BENTON — Big plays and big mistakes. NorthWood made the the plays, Fairfield the miscues.

The combination paved the way for an easy 46-0 Panthers victory Friday, Aug. 29.

“It was kind of bang, bang, bang and then we kept the hammer on ... some teams will let up and I think that was a good experience for all of our troops,” said NorthWood’s Nate Andrew after his club improved to 2-0 in his first season as head coach in Nappanee.

“We were able to connect to a couple of long pass plays and the reason for that is they were really biting on the run,” Andrews said. “Why wouldn’t you? We’ve only shown we can run the ball. That opened up some things back there.”

NorthWood turned five Fairfield turnovers — four fumbles and an interception — directly into a three touchdowns. Travis Bear connected with Braxton Linville for scoring passes covering 55 and 42 yards while Bear added a scoop-and-score fumble recovery from the 2 as the Panthers rolled to a 32-0 halftime lead.

“You can’t make the mistakes we did and give them four touchdowns,” Bob Miller, Fairfield’s coach said. “We had the bad pitch, three absolutely blown coverages where there’s no one there. You take those kinds of mistakes away, there are times it looks like a ballgame.”

“I was really pleased with our quickness to the football,” Andrews said. “I thought we swarmed to ball and contained (Mitch) DeWitt, who I think is a great football player.”


Scoring by Quarters

Fairfield 0 0 0 0 — 0

NorthWood 14 18 7 7 — 46

School — Scoring Play

First Quarter

NW — Braxton Linville 55 pass from Travis Bear; Bear kick, 4:56.

NW — Bear 2 yard fumble return; Bear kick, 4:14.

Second Quarter

NW — Tanner Cleveland 8 run; kick failed, 4:30.

NW — Linville 42 pass from Bear; kick failed, 4:23.

NW — Cleveland 1 run; kick failed, 1:56.

Third Quarter

NW — Dominic Miranda 4 run; Jaron Mullet kick, 7:50.

Fourth Quarter

NW — Drew Minnich 35 pass from Trey Bilinski;  Mullet kick.

Officials: Brian Moser, Lynn Blevins, Tom Fox, Ted Beitler, Ron Cherry.

Team Statistics NW Ff

Net yards rushing  83 183

Net yards passing 10 278

Total Yards 93 461

First Downs 9 15

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-4

Penalties 8-68 2-15

Individual Leaders

NorthWood: Rushing — Travis Bear 13-76, Tanner Cleveland 15-65. Passing — Bear 7-10-214, Trey Bilinski 4-5 64. Receiving — Braxton Linville 3-105, Jake Stump 3-73, Chad Sellers 2-52.

Fairfield: Rushing — Roger Burger 7-32, Mitch DeWitt 14-23.

Interceptions: NorthWood — Bailey Gessinger.

Fumble recoveries: NorthWood — Bear, Trent Sellers, Josh Chupp, Zach BeMiller.

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