North Dominates in a Much Needed Win

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North Dominates in a Much Needed Win

Caden Brannan, Reporter

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Belvidere North football fans finally got a glimpse of what the 2019-20 season will look like after the intersquad scrimmage. North gave their fans plenty to be excited about after they showcased their skills in all phases of the game. 

“I can’t wait to get out there on the field and start the season with the boys. We’ve been putting in a lot of work throughout the summer and I can’t wait to get out there,” said Matt Bucher(‘20).

After a long offseason, week one came around for North as they opened up the season with an away game against East. North’s defense knew they had their hands full with the returning NIC-10 leading rusher, Tavion Lake. But North’s defense had no problem as they got off the field on the first drive after a stop on fourth and one. 

“We knew we had to be playing our best on defense with a guy like Lake in the backfield,” said Zach Matzl(‘20).

And with the short field North’s offense, led by returning starter Holden Paddock(‘20), punched the ball into the endzone to take early 7-0 lead. And throughout the first half it was more of the same, defensive stops and short fields for the offense. And with the longest field of the night, North made quick work of it as Elliot Powers(‘20) took the ball to the house for a 54 yard touchdown on the first play of the drive. This capped off a great first half for North. They went into halftime up 35-0 and they were receiving the ball to start the second half. And North’s offense quickly put the ball in the endzone to make the game 42-0. Their rushing attack was led by Stanley Reyes(‘20), who had 91 yards on 13 carries, and Elliot Powers who had 81 yards on three carries. With the big lead North was able to rotate through their players and get other players in. Backup quarterback, Jake Tapia(‘21), was able to lead North’s offense for another great drive, and he capped off the drive with a rushing touchdown of his own. After East scored twice in the fourth quarter, the score ended up 50-14.

After a dominating first game, North knew they would be tested in week two when they hosted Boylan. Boylan came into the game ranked eighth in the state for class 5A, North knew they would have to play a near perfect game to beat them, and North nearly did that. The first quarter was a battle as both teams controlled the game defensively. North was able to get a drive down near the redzone, but the drive abruptly stopped as Boylan got an interception at the four yard line. That play shifted the momentum and North’s defense began to slip up, Boylan broke out for a 30 yard gain on the first play of the drive. And after multiple big runs, Boylan capped off the 96 yard drive with a 12 yard touchdown pass. But after that score, North’s defense got back to dominating the game. North was unable to get much else going on offense in the remainder of the first half and went into halftime down 7-0. The second half was more of the same as both defenses were controlling the game. But North’s offense finally got some momentum after a 29 yard reception by Miles Davis(‘21) and another 23 yard run by Davis. The drive ended in seven points after Holden Paddock cut back for a 16 yard touchdown. The game was tied up 7-7 until Boylan completed a 51 yard pass for a touchdown to take the lead 13-7 with seven minutes left in the game. North was unable to get one last score and they fell just short as they lost 13-7. 

North was looking to make a bounce back game against Jefferson. North had a slow start to the game as they gave up an early score and failed to convert the two point conversion on their first score. It was 6-6 midway through the first quarter, but then North broke the game open and went into halftime up 47-6. North went through the whole second half without playing their starters on either side of the ball. North ended up outscoring Jefferson 14-8 in the second half and won 61-14. Elliot Powers was North’s leading rusher with 123 yards on eight carries, he also had four tackles and three pass breakups. 

North looks to keep their momentum going as they go into the crosstown rival game against Belvidere.

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