GOSHEN — Goshen's football team had an inconsistent night offensively Friday against Northridge, but fortunately for the RedHawks, a strong second quarter was enough to push the hosts past the Raiders 24-21 in Northern Lakes Conference action.
The win snapped the Raiders' three-game head-to-head winning streak.
"We've just got to execute," Goshen coach Kyle Park said. "That's something we didn't do early or late very well. In the second quarter, for whatever reason, we took advantage of what they were giving us. We didn't shoot ourselves in the foot and that's what has been stopping us most of the year."
Goshen (5-2 overall, 3-2 in the NLC) compiled all its points in the second quarter with wide receiver Rummel Johnson and quarterback CJ Detweiler playing key roles.
Johnson caught touchdown passes of 19 and 62 yards from Detweiler and returned a punt 43 yards for a score. Johnson finished the night with eight receptions for 118 yards, and defensively, he had an interception in the third quarter, which stopped a Northridge drive at Goshen 16.
"(Johnson) had a great night," Park said. "He's a weapon on special teams and on the perimeter. He's going both ways for us and hardly comes off the field."
Detweiler, who started for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 3 against Elkhart Memorial, heated up after missing on nine of his first 12 pass attempts. He finished the first half 9-of-20 for 148 yards. For the game, he went 14-of-29 passes for 173.
"He practiced all week," Park said. "But you can't simulate game speed. He took some shots tonight, but he's a competitor and that's what we want."
Trailing 24-13 in the fourth quarter, Northridge (1-6, 1-4) got much needed momentum from a Josh Schlabach fumble recovery at Goshen's 46. Three plays after a 39-yard run from Julius Graber, Conner Graber ran into the end zone from a yard out. Mason Troyer added a two-point conversion run to pull the Raiders within 24-21 with 9:57 left.
Northridge's last chance to tie or win came with 1:25 remaining when the Raiders, after a RedHawk punt, got the ball at their own 35. With no timeouts, Northridge was able to pick up one first down, but the drive stalled after Julius Graber threw an incompletion from the Raider 49-yard line at 0:24 left.
"We just wanted to be able to complete a football pass," Northridge coach Tom Wogomon said. "We're struggling in the air and completing passes right now."
Julius Graber split time at quarterback with starter Nick Hooley. The Raiders threw for just 53 yards.
"With Julius there were a couple things we thought we could run a little bit," Wogomon said on why he made a QB switch. "That's a decision that I made."
Like Goshen, Northridge had big scoring plays. On the second play of the game, Conner Graber ran up the middle 76 yards for a score. Mason Troyer added a 65-yard touchdown run for the Raiders.
Conner Graber rushed for 123 yards on 18 carries, while Troyer added 92 yards on nine.
"I think we did a valiant job running the ball," Wogomon said. "The one thing I liked is that we finally had a little bit of speed with our running backs once we got to the second level."
Goshen's Jeff Stoll totaled 120 of his game-high 132 rushing yards in the first half.
GOSHEN 24, NORTHRIDGE 21
Scoring By Quarters
N — Conner Graber 76 run; Camm Nickell kick; 11:15
G — Rummel Johnson 19 pass from C.J. Detweiler; Jeff Stoll kick; 8:45
G — Johnson 62 pass from Detweiler; Austin Marlow pass from Charlie Collins; 7:37
N — Mason Troyer 65 run; run failed; 7:26
G — Mason Short 27 field goal; 3:07
G — Johnson 43 punt return; pass failed; 1:51
N — Graber 1 run; Mason Troyer run; 9:57
Northridge: Rushing — Conner Graber 17-156, Mason Troyer 9-92, Julius Graber 16-66. Passing — Nick Hooley 2-8-17 (1 int.), Julius Graber 3-7-36 (0 int.). Receiving — Troyer 2-25, Josh Schlabach 2-16. Fumble recoveries — Schlabach.
Goshen: Rushing — Jeff Stoll 23-132. Passing — C.J. Detweiler 14-29-173 (0 int.). Receiving — Rummel Johnson 8-118, Brandon Holley 4-45. Interceptions — Johnson. Fumble recoveries — Davis Hostetler. Sacks — Alec Lehr.