Northwood shows it can win ugly
Northwood allowed a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and immediately answered it with one of its own Friday night against Oxford Webb.
The return gave the Chargers a lead they would not relinquish in a 33-21 3-A Big Eight Conference win on homecoming.
Northwood’s Kadarus Rone ran for a game-high 117 and two touchdowns on a muddy, sloppy field to make up for a sputtering passing attack.
“It hurt us more than them,” Northwood coach Bill Hall said of the field. “They line up in the I-formation and run and we’re a spread team. How much did it bother us? I don’t know.”
After Jonathan Pena’s 20-yard field goal late in the third quarter gave Northwood a 17-15 lead, Deshay Hollifield fielded the ensuing kickoff but handed it off to Nykwanza Henderson. The senior cut right up the middle and outran the coverage team for a 90-yard go-ahead score.
“Our kickoff team was terrible tonight,” Hall said. “It’s something we’re going to work on.”
Seconds after Henderson’s return, Northwood senior Kenton Edwards found a seam up the middle on the kickoff and cut up the visitors’ sideline for a 90-yard return of his own, and just like the teams had combined for 15 points with just more than 30 seconds coming off of the clock.
“We had a couple of guys go down, including one of our main specialists,” said Webb coach Tony Midgette. “We were trying to figure out where to put guys and we’ll look at the film to see what we need to do to get guys in the right spots down the road.”
Hall said the Webb’s ability to run and control the clock kept his offense, which was coming off of a 79-point effort last Friday, from getting into a rhythm. Quarterback Ti Pinnix completed just 12-of-32 passes for 130 yards, but did turn in several scrambles to finish with 59 rushing yards on just six carries.
“We knew they wanted to throw the ball,” Midgette said. “Our plan was to try to pressure the quarterback and keep the receivers in front of us to keep from getting beat deep.”
The Charger defense was also stout, limiting the Warriors’ leading rusher, Tobiah Lewis, to just 24 yards on 18 carries. Henderson also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Beau Smith.
Rone, who had a touchdown run on the opening drive for Northwood, gave the Chargers a two-score lead with a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
“An ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” said Hall.
NORTHWOOD 33, OXFORD WEBB 21
Northwood-Kadarus Rone 8-yard run (Jonathan Pena kick), 10:15
Webb-Rakym Winstead 15-yard run (Antonio Bowden run), 5:08
Webb-Nykwanza Henderson 30-yard pass from Beau Smith (William Gillespie kick), 3:45
Northwood-Ti Pinnix 2-yard run (Pena kick), 1:39
Northwood-Pena 33-yard field goal, 37.9
Northwood-Pena 20-yard field goal, 1:18
Webb-Henderson 90-yard kickoff return (run failed), 57.1
Northwood-Kenton Edwards 90-yard kickoff return (pass failed), 44.4
Northwood-Rone 3-yard run (Pena kick), 10:15
RUSHING-W, Winstead 6-31, Tobiah Lewis 18-24, Tevin Evans 6-18, Smith 6-(minus-6). N, Rone 17-117, Pinnix 6-59, Montel Goods 2-(minus-4).
PASSING-W, Smith 10-22-1-110. N, Pinnix 12-32-2-130.
RECEIVING-W, Henderson 3-39, Deshawn Lewis 2-43, Taylor Williams 2-19, Deshay Hollifield 2-10, Winstead 1-(minus-1). N, Jalen Smith 5-65, Imoh Udoh 4-38, Spencer Roberson 3-27.
Records-Oxford Webb 2-4, 0-3 Big Eight, Northwood 5-1, 2-1.