ORANGE PICKS OFF CHARGERS
Orange free safety J.D. Brooks played like he had a tracking device on the football, pulling down two first-half interceptions that led to touchdowns and allowed the Panthers to build a 13-point halftime lead and end with a 41-21 Panthers win in the Big Eight Conference.
Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix threw three touchdown passes and generated 378 yards with his arm, but those four interceptions did him in.
“We can’t put all of that on Ti,” Northwood coach Bill Hall said. “Twice a receiver slipped. One time he was getting hit as he threw.”
Pinnix needs to work on his poker face, to hear Brooks tell it. The Chargers’ signal caller kept staring at his targets, Brooks said.
“I was just reading his eyes,” he said.
“He’s a dangerous kid,” Orange coach Pat Moser said about Brooks. “He’s a Division I kid all the way.”
Northwood can score the football, and for Orange to hold those guys to 21 points is saying something, Moser said.
Northwood’s running game wasn’t hitting on much in what was both teams' inaugural conference contest in this first year of the Big Eight.
Pinnix was using his arm to get the Chargers downfield, but Brooks kept showing up to kill the drives, stabbing them with his picks.
Brooks intercepted Pinnix in the first quarter, yielding a 13-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Cloer to Ky Muller.
In the second quarter, Brooks’ thievery set up a dynamic run from Tay Jones, who needed just one play for an 88-yard burst to the end zone.
Jones had just caught his breath from a 94-yard kickoff return down the right sideline for a touchdown.
“They’re as good as advertised,” Hall said.
Northwood started the second half with a pooch kick that a Panther couldn’t handle. The Chargers recovered the ball with a short field but turned it over on downs.
The Chargers almost emerged no worse from the exchange but were called for defensive pass interference on fourth-and-15, giving the Panthers extended life that ended in the end zone with a 1-yard run by Cloer.
In the fourth quarter, Brooks dropped a would-be interception, giving Pinnix another shot at the end zone. Northwood’s quarterback completed a short pass to Jalen Smith, who fought and got across the goal line. Anthony Castro’s extra point made it a 34-21 game with 6:24 left on the clock.
Late in the fourth quarter, Northwood defender Hunter Blackmon was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, likely costing him a two-game suspension.
That call infuriated Hall, who appeared on the verge of getting tossed himself.
Orange 41, Northwood 21
O—Ky Muller 13 pass from Garrett Cloer(Bryse Wilson kick),10:03
N—Jalen Smith 42 pass from Ti Pinnix(Anthony Castro kick),7:56 O—Tay Jones 94 kickoff return(Wilson kick), 7:40 O—Jones 88 run(kick blocked),6:26
O—Cloer 1 run(Wilson kick),5:26
O—Jeffrey Campbell 38 pass from Cloer,2:54 N—Spencer Roberson 19 pass from Pinnix,0:00
N—Smith 7 pass from Pinnix(Castro kick),6:24 O—Jones 15 run(Brad Barbee kick),4:28
RUSHING —Orange, Patrick Pettiford 6-113, Tay Jones 7-121 2TD;Northwood,Kadarus Rone 13-18 PASSING —Orange,Garrett Cloer 9-12-197 2TD;Northwood,Ti Pinnix 27-47-378 3TD 4INT RECEIVING —Orange,Ky Muller 3-61TD,Jeffrey Campbell 2-54 TD;Northwood,Jalen Smith,7-162 2TD,Spencer Roberson 5-105 TD
RECORDS — Orange 5-0, 1-0 Big Eight; Northwood 4-1, 0-1 Big Eight