North Huskies vs Reitz Panthers - at Reitz Bowl Oct 03, 2014

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Oct 03 NORTH vs Reitz VARSITY Offensive Stats
Player Att Com % Yards TD INT Notes:
PATE 13 6 46% 66 0 0  
WHITLER 2 0 0% 0 0 0  
TOTAL 15 6 40% 66 0 0  
Player Att Yds Avg TD Long Fum Notes:
JOHNSON, F. 26 179 6.9 3 44 0 1-9yd TD; 2-32yd TD; 3-10yd TD
PATE 16 84 5.3 0 35 0  
WHITLER 7 26 3.7 0 8 0  
JENKINS 3 7 2.3 0 4 1  
WARGEL 1 -1 -1.0 - -1 0  
TOTAL 53 295 5.6 3 44 1  
Player Rec To " Yds Avg TD Long Notes:
WINCHELL 2 4 29 14.5 0 16  
WHITLER 3 4 19 6.3 0 12  
JENKINS 1 3 18 18.0 0 18  
PATE   1   ####      
HIRSCH   1   ####      
JOHNSON, F   1   ####      
JOHNSON, B   1   ####      
TOTAL 6 15 66 11.0 0 18  
  * thrown to        
Player Type No. Yds Avg. TD Long Notes:
WHITLER KO 2 29 14.5 0 15  
McDOWELL KO 1 15 15.0 0 15  
WHITLER Punt     ####     1-fair catch
TOTAL   3 44 14.7 0    
Player Type No. Yds Avg. Long   Notes:
TURI KO 4 209 52.3 60   2-touchbacks; 1-squibbed
WHITLER Punt 4 144 36.0 50   2-inside 20yd line
TOTAL   8 353 44.1      
Player Total TD rush TD rec TD ret 2pt XP XP kick Special
JOHNSON, F. 18 3 0 0 0 0  
TURI 2 0 0 0 0 2  
TOTAL 20 3 0 0 0 2 0


Team Stats

Oct 3 NORTH vs Reitz Team Stats  
13 Rushing 7
3 Passing 7
0 Penalty 2
53 Rushing attempts 30
5.6 Avg yds per rush 6.0
15 Attempts 19
6 Completions 13
40% Completion % 68%
11.0 Avg yds per completion 13.2
3 / -3 Sacked / Yards Lost 0 / 0
68 Plays 49
5.3 Avg yds per play 7.2
1 Fumbles lost 1
0 Passes HAD intercepted 0
0 Points scored off turnovers 0
8 / 76 PENALTIES / YARDS 4 / 35
2 / 15 3rd down conversions 3 / 7
7 / 7 4th down conversions 1 / 1
1st 9:36 F.Johnson 9yd TD run 6 - 0
    Turi XP kick 7 - 0
  7:31 Higgins 4yd TD run 7 - 6
    XP kick missed 7 - 6
  1:32 F.Johnnson 32yd TD run 13 - 6
    XP kick missed 13 - 6
3rd 8:48 Hansen 9yd TD reception (Deig) 13 - 12
    Reuter XP kick 13 - 13
  3:13 Ringo 31yd TD reception (Deig) 13 - 19
    Reuter XP kick 13 - 20
4th 9:54 F.Johnson 10yd TD run 19 - 20
    Turi XP kick 20 - 20
  1:06 Barnes 31yd TD reception (Deig) 20 - 26
    Reuter XP kick 20 - 27


Defensive Stats

RYAN WARGEL 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
TRE NEIGHBORS 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 14
CAGE STREET 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 14
BUDDY WAELDE 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
TREVOR McDOWELL 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
MASON JENKINS 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
CHASE WHITLER 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
RILEY FIDLER 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
TRAIS LOWE 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
CODY SMITH 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
AUSTIN CURTIS 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
FORD JOHNSON 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
KORY HURT 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 30 20 5 0 1 1 1 0 96


Game Recap


The Huskies put a shock in the Panthers at Reitz Bowl on Friday night, but in the end, their best just wasn’t quite good enough.  Despite leading at half and playing Reitz to a 20-20 tie with less than two minutes to play, a late touchdown proved to be the difference in a 27-20 loss.  North’s power running game matched the Panthers vaunted attack yard for yard, but Reitz’ ability to pass the ball in the second half turned the tide in their favor.


The Huskies were pumped up to play.  Junior Trevor McDowell tackled a runner for a six yard loss on the game’s first play from scrimmage and the Panthers reacted poorly.  In fact, the blue & gray were called for back-to-back personal fouls on the game’s first two plays.  Facing fourth down and ‘forever’, they were further handicapped by a short punt as North took over near mid-field.

Coming out in what is now the ‘preferred’ offensive set for the Huskies—the “I” formation—North’s running game took off and never looked back.  Senior Ford Johnson took a handoff into the line, side stepped a would-be tackler, and rambled 44 yards to the 9 yard line.  By all appearances the Reitz defense had been coached to over-pursue to the outside in an effort to cut off pitches and option runs outside the tackles.  That philosophy worked against them again on the following play when Johnson took a handoff between tackle and guard and again cut back into the middle of the field.  With the defense over-committing to the outside, the diminutive senior streaked into the end zone untouched and North went up 7-0 with Zac Turi’s extra point kick.  Barely two-and-a-half minutes into the game the home-team stands were suddenly very quiet.


Reitz is undefeated and ranked #4 in the state of Indiana and they earned their merits by running the football well.  They responded to North’s score with a drive of their own.  Featuring a senior running back who is being recruited by Division One NCAA schools, they handed him the ball on seven consecutive plays and steadily made their way down field.  Two minutes after North scored, Reitz added a touchdown of their own.  Their extra point kick went wide left and the score was 7-6.


The next time Reitz got the ball it was a different story.   After a Chase Whitler punt rolled dead inside the Reitz 17 yard line, the Panthers went back to the same game plan.

Only this time there were different results.

On first down, they handed the ball to their ‘all-everything’ back on a sweep and sophomore linebacker Cage Street chased the play down from behind and tackled the runner for no gain.  Handing it to him a second time, seniors Ryan Wargel (North’s ALL-TIME LEADER IN CAREER TACKLES) and Cody Smith tackled him after only a short gain.  Forced to pass on third-and-long, junior Trais Lowe blew in from his defensive end slot and hurried the quarterback into a bad throw that landed out of bounds.  When Reitz only managed 19 yards on the ensuing punt, the defense had gotten the ball back for the offense at the Panther 41.


Ford Johnson had seen the better part of his varsity career shortened by a variety of injuries.  He entered his senior season with only a fraction of the yards gained that had been envisioned for him after stellar Cub and Freshman seasons.  On Friday night, he ran for more yards against Reitz than any running back since All-Time Rushing Leader Derenzo Bushrod got 193 in 1999.  While his varsity career may have started slowly, he is rubbing shoulders with Husky legends this season.

North’s offensive line flexed muscles against Bosse two weeks ago and they did the same Friday at the Bowl.  When North’s drive seemed destined to stall facing fourth and short at the 32, the line busted open a seam in the defensive line and Johnson revved his engine like a late model Ford hot-rod.  Rocketing through the line, he bolted into the secondary and again raced straight up the middle of the field to the end zone.  North led 13-6 with 1:32 to play in the quarter.


While Ryan Wargel is the heart and soul of the defense at his middle-linebacker position, it’s safe to say that he is passing the torch to a young man who displays a rare gift for making things ‘Happen’ on defense.  Sophomore Cage Street shows all the hallmarks of a player destined for post-season accolades.  He seldom waits for a play to come ‘to’ him—he attacks the offense and seeks opportunities to make big plays.  Coming into the game Street already had 10 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback sacks, a pair of recovered fumbles, and four blocked kicks.

When Reitz’ “all-everything” tailback came running around end on second-and-one, it was Street who not only greeted him with a tackle short of the first down but also stripped him of the football.  It’s one thing to strip a ball from an undersized or underclassman running back.  It’s an entirely different thing to tackle for no gain and strip the ball from a bigger, senior, talented running back—and when junior Austin Curtis recovered the loose ball at the Reitz 17, it appeared the Huskies would go up two scores.

North fell prey to its season long nemesis and the offense fumbled the ball back to Reitz just two plays later.


Reitz’ offense developed a familiar rhythm—give the ball to Number Nine.  On this night, North’s defense had a familiar answer:  Stop Number Nine where he stands.  After two runs generated a first down, senior Buddy Waelde tore through the line and tackle Number Nine for a four yard loss.  A pass to Number Nine was batted away on second down.  Street and senior Kory Hurt sniffed out a draw play and held Number Nine to a two yard gain on third-and-fourteen.  After a block-in-the-back penalty on the punt return the offense took over at the North 31 and 8:33 remained in the half.

Over the course of the remainder of the half, the Huskies went on an amazing 19 play drive that included THREE fourth down conversions.  Unfortunately, while it ate up time, the drive came up short of the goal line and North went into half nursing a 13-6 lead that could have been a 27-6 lead.


Reitz made adjustments.  Where the first half had seen them put the ball in the hands of their star runner on 17 of 20 offensive plays, the second half would be a different story.   North had dominated time of possession by a two-to-one margin in the first half and run 35 offensive plays of their own. 

Reitz came out throwing in the third quarter and they threw it well.  After going oh-for-three through the air in the first half, their quarterback went ten-for-ten in the third quarter alone.  Just four of their 17 third quarter plays featured their star runner.

The results of their change of philosophy were apparent—the Panthers scored touchdowns on both their third quarter possessions and finished the quarter leading 20-13.

For their part, the North offense changed out of the “I” formation into a variety of spread sets that sometimes featured the quarterback in shotgun and other times featured the quarterback under center with double wide-outs to either side.

North, by contrast, went three-and-out on their first two possessions. 


Trailing by a score and with the third quarter winding down, North went back to their power running game and the I-Formation returned.  The Huskies offense responded.  Trusting the ‘O’ line again, North went on a 12 play, 71 yard drive that featured the power running game.  With Ford Johnson carrying the ball on five of the final six plays of the drive, he scored his third touchdown of the game on a ten yard run with 9:54 to play.  Turi’s extra point tied the game at 20-20 and the Huskies were off the mat and back in the ballgame.


Reitz continued to attack through the air and got a huge lift from a pass interference penalty on the first play of the ensuing possession.  With the ball at North’s 42, their quarterback rolled out, faked a pass, tucked the ball in and ran to the Husky 12.  Waelde dropped Number Nine after a short gain and it set up second down at the nine.  All eyes were on the Husky defensive backs since everyone in the Bowl knew that Reitz was going to pass the ball on the next play.  Having completed ten straight passes, few expected North to have an answer when then pass came.

Enter junior Tre Neighbors.  Giving away six inches in height to the Panther receiver lined up on his side, Neighbors gave ground into the end zone and played the quarterback’s eyes as he positioned himself on defense.  Watching the passer rather than the receiver, Neighbors jumped the corner route the receiver was running and positioned himself perfectly to intercept the ball.  When the pass came, Neighbors snatched it away and fell to the ground with it firmly in his possession.  The Huskies took over at their 20 with eight minutes to play.


Throughout the season, when the chips were down, the Huskies have turned to senior Chase Whitler and asked him to pull a spectacular play out of his bag of tricks.  Friday night was no different.

When it appeared the offense would go ‘three-and-out’ and turn the ball back over to Reitz with a short field ahead of them, Whitler lined up to punt on fourth-and-four.  As the snap came back, Whitler quickly snatched it out of the air and darted to the short side of the field.  Despite the fact that a wall of defenders faced him, the senior captain willed his way to the marker and picked up the first down with scant inches to spare.

The drive stalled later, but the Huskies were in better field position to punt the ball away and Reitz took over at their 28 rather than midfield.


The defense yielded ground, but they did so in small bites.  Wargel and Street were everywhere in the middle of the field and held the Panthers to short gains.  Nonetheless, Reitz slowly marched inside the North 40.  At that point the defense drew a line and appeared as though they might hold.

On first down, Cage and Jenkins stopped Number Nine for a one yard loss.  On second down, Neighbors dropped the big wide receiver for just a four yard gain on a slant pass.   A third down pass fell incomplete.  It set up fourth-and-seven at the 31 with only 1:15 to play in the game.  Overtime appeared a certainty.

A short pass in front of the North sidelines looked like it could be contained, but the receiver picked up a blocker and the Husky defender got pushed backwards down the field.  Even so, North’s safety came over the top and appeared to strip the ball out of the hands of the runner inside the five yard line.  The ball clearly came out before the goal line and rolled out of bounds.  Sideline photos later showed that to be exactly the case.

The referees called the play a touchdown for Reitz and the Panthers led 27-20.


With less than a minute remaining, the Huskies made a good show of it.  Senior Ty Winchell caught an 18 yard pass from quarterback Zach PatePate ran twice and moved the ball to the Reitz 36.  Fewer than 10 seconds remained when Pate completed a pass to Winchell at the 23 that he lateraled to Whitler.  The savvy senior tried to get out of bounds before the clock ran out, but it was not to be and Reitz escaped with a 27-20 victory.


The current edition of the Huskies bears no resemblance to the team that started the season.  The transition to a power football team has been phenomenal.  Rival offenses have to know that they come into a game with North and that they will have to go up against one of the best front-sevens in southern Indiana.  The Huskies I-Formation offense is capable of putting up huge rushing numbers.

With Castle coming up, it’s a certainty that Husky prospects are on the rise.  The only thing missing is an upset win against higher rated competition—Friday would be a good time to start!


NOTE: will have to miss its first North game since 2003 Friday night due to a family commitment.  We will try to have a game summary and stats for Castle on line before the Central game but the timeline will be tight.  Please bear with us!