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.”