Game Stats Game Recap
|Oct 30 NORTH vs BLM NORTH VARSITY Offensive Stats|
|BRAWDY||22||12||55%||138||1||2||1-20yd TD (Gelhausen)|
|BRAWDY||20||190||9.5||3||34||1||1-1yd TD; 2-4yd TD; 3-4ydTD|
|PRESSWOOD||24||173||7.2||2||40||0||1-16yd TD; 2-6yd TD|
|GELHAUSEN||3||7||55||18.3||1||29||1-20yd TD (Brawdy)|
|* thrown to|
|Player||Total||TD rush||TD rec||TD ret||2pt XP||XP kick||Special|
|Oct 30 NORTH vs BLM NORTH Team Stats|
|7.2||Avg yds per rush||5.7|
|11.5||Avg yds per completion||15.8|
|0 / 0||Sacked / Yards Lost||4 / 27|
|6.9||Avg yds per play||7.6|
|2||Passes HAD intercepted||0|
|0||Points scored off turnovers||28|
|12 / 108||PENALTIES / YARDS||12 / 128|
|10 / 13||3rd down conversions||4 / 9|
|1 / 1||4th down conversions||3 / 4|
|1ST||9:54||Brawdy 1yd TD run||6 - 0|
|Renfro XP kick||0 - 7|
|7:11||Lozano 1yd TD run||7 - 6|
|Trilling XP kick||7 - 7|
|6:14||Rochell 46yd TD interception return (Brawdy)||7 - 13|
|Trilling XP kick||7 - 14|
|3:01||Vasquez 25yd TD reception (Lozano)||7 - 20|
|Trilling XP kick||7 - 21|
|2ND||11:30||Presswood 16yd TD run||13 - 21|
|Renfro XP kick||14 - 21|
|4:32||Brawdy 4yd TD run||20 - 21|
|XP kick misses||20 - 21|
|3:32||Mikulich 1yd TD run||20 - 27|
|XP kick misses||20 - 27|
|1:44||Presswood 6yd TD run||26 - 27|
|Renfro XP kick||27 - 27|
|3RD||11:26||Mikulich 75yd TD run||27 - 33|
|Trilling XP kick||27 - 34|
|7:08||Steinfeldt 31yd TD reception (Lozano)||27 - 40|
|Trilling XP kick||27 - 41|
|1:20||Brawdy 4yd TD run||33 - 41|
|Renfro XP kick||34 - 41|
|4TH||11:02||Steinfeldt 57yd TD reception (Lozano)||34 - 47|
|Trilling XP kick||34 - 48|
|3:00||Lozano 9yd TD run||34 - 54|
|Trilling XP kick||34 - 55|
|1:50||Gelhausen 20yd TD reception (Brawdy)||40 - 55|
|Renfro XP kick||41 - 55|
|NORTH VS BLM NORTH 10/30/2020 - DEFENSIVE STATS|
|PLAYER||SOLO||ASST.||T-FL||SACK||C FUM||R FUM||INT||BK||POINTS|
|53 MITCHELL HAPPE||3||9||1||1||0||0||0||0||19|
|61 GAGE SALES||6||2||1.5||0||0||0||0||0||17|
|07 ANGELO ST. LOUIS||4||2||2||1.5||0||0||0||0||17|
|03 T.J. HANKINS||1||4||1.5||1.5||0||0||0||0||12|
|09 CALE JOHNSON||3||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||11|
|31 DYLAN HANES||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||8|
|90 AIDAN MERCER||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||7|
|11 JEWELLZ HAILEY||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6|
|42 DELAVION CRENSHAW||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||6|
|01 ROBERT POLLARD||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|04 ETHAN KING||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|39 CAINEN NORTHINGTON||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|05 ETHAN BRAWDY||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|68 NATHANIEL CURTIS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|83 ANGUS DAVIS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
COUGARS BEAT HUSKIES IN 55-41 BARN BURNER
Despite racking up 500 yards of total offense, recording a season high 26 first downs, converting 10 of 13 third downs, and putting 41 points on the board, the North Huskies were beaten by the Bloomington North Cougars 55-41 in the Sectional Semi-finals.
The 41 points scored in a loss set a North record. The old record was 34 points scored in a loss in 2005 against Harrison and in 1994 against Castle.
Turnovers and penalties were to blame for the final outcome of Friday’s game. The Huskies turned the ball over four times (twice each on fumbles and interceptions) and the Cougars converted every turnover into a touchdown. The Cougars themselves committed 12 penalties for an amazing 128 yards which, in and of itself, would normally preclude a team from winning a game. The Huskies, however, were just as generous and committed 12 penalties of their own for 108 yards and, more importantly, allowed the Cougars to convert three third downs on scoring-drives as a result. Without the benefit of those third down conversions, the Huskies could have stopped Bloomington before they got to the end zone.
FIRST DRIVE SUCCESS
The game began with North driving 70 yards on five running plays—the best of which saw senior Capelton Presswood elude four different Cougars as he gained 40 yards on a single play. The drive concluded with a 1-yard dash-to-the-flag TD by junior Ethan Brawdy. Sophomore Mitchell Renfro nailed the extra point and it appeared that North “was back!”.
And then they weren’t.
An unconventional on-side kick following an opening drive score was recovered with relative ease by Bloomington North. Six plays later they scored to tie the game.
NIGHTMARES ON HALLOWEEN
Despite having ‘run-over’ the Cougars in their first possession, the Huskies went to the air in each of their next two possessions. The result was a pair of nightmares on a Halloween night when a full moon hung over Bundrant Stadium.
The first occurred on third and five at the North 40. A Cougar defender stepped in front of a slant pass and took it back 46 yards for a ‘Pick Six’ and Bloomington led 14-7. The second nightmare occurred on the ensuing Husky possession.
Following a pair of runs by Presswood to give the Huskies a first down at the North 34, Brawdy again stepped back to pass and rifled the ball to sophomore Cale Johnson. The ball deflected off Johnson’s hands and into the arms of a defender at the 49-yard line.
The defense appeared to hold when a third down quarterback sack by junior Mitchell Happe forced ‘fourth-and-long’. The Huskies called a time out when the Cougars came out in a formation that appeared to leave their best receiver in one-on-one coverage. Following the time out, the Cougars came out in the same formation, but this time North had an additional safety in place to cover the receiver over the top.
Unfortunately, Bloomington ran a “wheel route” to the opposite side of the field and the North defenders on that side lost track of the slot receiver. The result was an easy 25-yard touchdown pass that brought the score to 21-7 with barely eight minutes having been played.
THE HUSKIES HOWL
The Huskies then fell back on what they do best: running the football. Starting at their 21 after the kickoff, North hammered away at the Cougars with a barrage of Presswood runs. Seven plays later they entered the second quarter with third and three at the Bloomington 38-yard line. Sending Presswood in motion, Brawdy took the snap, looked in Presswood’s direction as if to throw, and then tucked the ball in and ran through a hole between freshman guard Timothy Dixon and junior center Zane Hatt. 22 yards later the Huskies had first and ten at the Bloomington 16. Presswood then reeled off one of his patented outside-zone runs for his sixteenth score of the season. North trailed 21-14 but had their ‘mojo’ back.
THE DEFENSE BENDS, BUT WON’T BREAK
In one of the most frustrating series of the night, Bloomington North took over at their 35-yard line and the first play was a clue of how things were going to go. Following a gain by the Cougars, both teams were whistled for off-setting ‘major’ penalties and a replay of first down. The Huskies were then whistled for a face mask penalty when senior Gage Sales snagged a runner at the line of scrimmage and tossed him backwards. Later in the drive the Huskies were whistled for ‘targeting’ a runner to give Bloomington a first and goal at the six.
The officials were just as judicious with their whistle against the Cougars when they called a ‘phantom’ pass interference penalty on the offense in the end zone as a ball sailed over the head of a receiver. With Bloomington now facing first-and-goal from the 21, sophomore Angelo St. Louis made his presence known. On first down he read a screen pass correctly and batted the ball down before it could reach the receiver. On second down he sacked the quarterback for a five-yard loss. On third down, he and senior Aidan Mercer corralled the quarterback long enough for Mercer to strip the ball from the quarterback as junior T.J. Hankins brought him down. The officials inexplicably ruled the quarterback down before the fumble and ultimately the Cougars faced fourth-and-goal from the 29. From there, they missed a 46-yard field goal attempt.
THE STEAMROLLER AFFECT
Momentum appeared to be shifting when, after the Huskies took over at the 20-yard line following the missed kick, five straight running plays had the ball at the Cougar 31 with second-and-two for a first down. A Brawdy run carried the ball to the 26 but Presswood was injured on the play and had to be helped off the field with an apparent ankle issue.
Angelo St. Louis entered the game at tail back and, behind a line that ‘owned’ the Cougars all night, he ripped through the center of the defense to the 19. The line looked like a ‘steamroller’ as four plays later Brawdy sprinted around end for his second touchdown of the game. With the defensive stand, the long drive, and the power of the offensive line to impress its will on the defense, it appeared all the momentum now belonged to the Huskies.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A KICKOFF RETURN MAKES
North’s extra point missed and though they trailed 21-20, they felt they had weathered Bloomington’s best punch and regained control of the game.
And then the Cougars’ best player ran the ensuing kickoff back nearly 70 yards before being forced out of bounds. Three plays later, the same player ran the ball into the end zone to give Bloomington North a 27-20 lead.
FINALLY, THE COUGARS COMMIT SOME ERRORS
Senior Delavion Crenshaw returned the ensuing kickoff out past the 30-yard line and it was Bloomington’s turn to run afoul of the officials. Presswood returned to the game with his ankle looking like it was wrapped in a tape sculpture of an army boot—it was apparent that nothing, not even the loss of a limb, could keep the senior from competing and taking the battle to the enemy. On second down he gained a tough four yards as he sprinted in a decidedly slower motion toward the sideline. A Cougar was whistled for a personal foul out of bounds and North had the ball at midfield.
With Presswood held to just a few yards on his next two carries, it fell to Brawdy to put the offense in position. Sending Presswood in motion—a move that the Cougars over-compensated for every time the Huskies did it—Brawdy took the snap and ran up the middle between center and guard for 34 yards. Once again, a cougar was whistled for a personal foul on the end of the play and North was sitting with first and goal inside the ten.
Two plays later, Presswood went the final six yards (to give him over 100 points scored this season) and Renfro’s kick made the score 27-27 at half.
How fast momentum swings. Renfro’s opening kickoff resulted in a touchback and for the first time in the game, Bloomington was the one starting with poor field position.
And then their best player went 75 yards on a touchdown run along their sideline.
34 seconds into the second half, the Cougars had retaken the lead 34-27.
North was penalized on the ensuing kickoff for a block in the back and forced to start at the 12-yard line. After working their way out to the 38, disaster again struck when a botched handoff between the quarterback and the running back resulted in a turnover. It took the Cougars two plays to hit a receiver with a 31-yard touchdown pass. Barely four minutes were gone since halftime and the Huskies trailed by two scores 41-27.
THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAYS ‘BIG’
Most teams would have given up. Most teams would have panicked and resorted to gimmicks to try and overcome adversity. Not this Husky club. They fell back on the strength of a line manned by five underclassmen and drove their way back into contention. Juniors Gunnar Sales, Kaleb Lowe, Mitchell Happe , Garrett Mooney, and Zane Hatt alternate in for one another and work with Dixon and the older Sales brother, Gage to provide the ‘muscle’ it takes to keep a game from getting away.
The play ‘big’ and they came up ‘big’ when asked to.
After a bad snap on second down set up third and 22 at the Husky 11, the line effectively set up a wall for Brawdy to stand behind as he looked downfield for a receiver. With plenty of time to throw, he found junior Cameron Gelhausen out near the 40 and the Huskies had a first and ten. Three Presswood runs later, the Huskies were facing fourth and three near mid-field.
Presswood’s ankle issue had robbed him of his explosiveness and ability to make would-be tacklers miss, but with fourth and three and what felt like the game hanging in the balance, the battling senior had another role he could play: decoy. Brawdy AGAIN sent Presswood in motion and the defense over shifted in his direction. On the snap, the junior quarterback looked in the decoy’s direction and AGAIN tucked the ball in and ran straight through the heart of the defense for a first down at the Bloomington North 30.
The line built another wall for Brawdy on third and six and he hit sophomore Jaylon Mitchell with a 22-yard gain to the four-yard line. Brawdy ran the ball in on the next play and Renfro’s kick brought the Huskies back within one score at 41-34.
FOURTH QUARTER BACK BREAKERS
Two fourth quarter plays sealed the Huskies fate. On the second play of the period, the Cougars’ Indiana University bound wide receiver somehow found himself wide open in the North secondary. A 57-yard touchdown was the result and the Cougars went up 14 points.
With an increasing sense of urgency, the Huskies mixed more passes into their offense and were aided by a Bloomington pass interference penalty. North had the ball at the Bloomington 31 with almost ten minutes to play in the game. Down 14 but moving the ball and nearing the opponent’s end zone was not a desperate position and one that held some promise for recovery.
As a Husky came in motion, the ball was snapped and hit the in-motion player on the hip. Several players dove for the ball but a defender wearing maroon and gold came up with it.
Six minutes went off the clock, aided and abetted by a North ‘horse collar’ penalty on a third-and-nine that would have killed the drive, as Bloomington ran 12 plays to the end zone. Leading 55-34 with three minutes to play, the ‘open receiver’ and the ‘errant snap’ proved to be the ‘back breakers’ from which the Huskies could not recover.
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