Visiting Northwood rips East Chapel Hill 65-0
East Chapel Hill went for an onside kick to start its season. However, the kick went only two yards, providing a fitting start to a mistake-filled opener against perennial playoff contender Northwood.
The Big Eight 3-A Conference Chargers scored touchdowns on nine of their 10 possessions (excluding kneeldowns at the end of both halves) and allowed only one first down (via a roughing-the-passer penalty) in a 65-0 blowout win at PAC-6 4-A host East Chapel Hill Friday night.
The Wildcats lost five fumbles in the first 25 minutes and never crossed midfield in the game, losing a total of 22 yards on their 33 offensive plays.
Northwood pulled its starters before halftime and only had trouble with its extra point unit, which failed on 5 of its first 7 attempts — three times because of blocks off the edge by Wildcats senior DJ Recny.
It was the final opening game for retiring Chargers coach Bill Hall and the first game for East Chapel Hill coach Mike Holderman, who was only hired last month.
Holderman said he wasn’t discouraged by the result, since his players didn’t quit and kept a great attitude.
“Scoreboard, to me, doesn’t tell the tale,” Holderman said. “I don’t care if it’s 100-0. To me, it doesn’t matter about the score. I’m trying to look for guys who are trying to buy into this program. And we’re going to find them. … It’s going to take time, but I ain’t going nowhere.”
Most of the fumbles came on snaps, which Holderman said were caused by freshman jitters from the center.
When the Wildcats finally forced a punt in the second quarter — mostly thanks to Northwood’s own snap miscue, which led to a 15-yard loss — the team gave the ball right back to the Chargers on their first offensive play with a fumble that was recovered by Imoh Udoh.
Northwood all-Big Eight quarterback Ty Pinnix threw only four passes, all early in the first quarter. After that, the Chargers stayed on the ground, gaining 274 yards on 38 attempts. Kadarus Rone has 94 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries and Montel Goods had 106 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.
When asked what he learned about his team, Hall said a lot of players got in and no one was injured.
ty “We saw a lot of good stuff tonight,” Hall said. “Come conference time, we have to do things a lot better.”
NORTHWOOD 65, EAST CHAPEL HILL 0
Northwood 19 25 14 7 — 65
East Chapel Hill 0 0 0 0 — 0
NW — Kadarus Rone 3 run (pass failed), 10:27
NW — Rone 14 run (Mat Streets kick), 3:57
NW — Brodie Beasley 5 run (kick failed), 2:31
NW — Rone 6 run (Streets kick), 9:17
NW — Montel Goods 15 run (kick failed), 7:35
NW — Rone 5 run (kick failed), 4:28
NW — Goods 44 run (kick failed), :50
NW — Jacob Fowler 2 run (Streets kick), 6:41
NW — Brian Harrington 50 punt return (Streets kick), 2:02
NW — Tyrell Baldwin 5 run (Tyler Whitaker kick), 9:17
RUSHING — Northwood, Montel Goods 5-106, Kadarus Rone 10-94, Brodie Beasley 7-30, Tyrell Baldwin 9-41, Jacob Fowler 2-10, Jonathan Robbins 2-8. East Chapel Hill, Amier Alston 11-17, DJ Recny 5-(minus 3), Brater Gerber 3-6, Josiah Browning 3-(minus 2).
PASSING — Northwood, Ti Pinnix 2-4-0 27. East Chapel Hill, Brater Gerber 0-3-0 0.
RECEIVING — Northwood, Jalen Smith 1-18, Kadarus Rone 1-10.
Records — Northwood 1-0, East Chapel Hill 0-1.