North Huskies vs Bloomington North Cougars - at Bloomington North Oct 29, 2021

Game Stats    Game Recap   


October 29 NORTH vs Bloominton North VARSITY Offensive Stats
Player Att Com % Yards TD INT Notes:
BRAWDY 15 6 40% 80 0 0  
spikes 2   0%        
TOTAL 17 6 35% 80 0 0  
Player Att Yds Avg TD Long Fum Notes:
BRAWDY 22 143 6.5 2 23 0 1-23yd TD; 2-4yd TD; (3)-2pt XP
HANKINS 16 141 8.8 2 80 0 1-80yd TD; 2-25yd TD
ST.LOUIS 1 0 0.0 0 0 0  
bad snaps 1 -11 -11.0 0 -11 0  
TOTAL 40 273 6.8 4 80 0  
Player Rec To " Yds Avg TD Long Notes:
MITCHELL 4 5 53 13.3 0 15  
HARRIS 2 4 27 13.5 0 26  
HANKINS   3   ####      
HAILEY   2   ####      
GELHAUSEN   1   ####      
TOTAL 6 15 80 13.3 0 26  
  * thrown to        
Player Type No. Yds Avg. TD Long Notes:
HANKINS KO 1 23 23.0 0 23  
KING Punt     ####     2-Fair Catch
TOTAL   1 23 23.0 0    
Player Type No. Yds Avg. Long   Notes:
HESS KO 3 115 38.3 40   1-squibbed; 1-onsides
BRAWDY Punt 3 132 44.0 59   1-inside 20; 1-partially blocked (17yd)
TOTAL   6 247 41.2      
Player Total TD rush TD rec TD ret 2pt XP XP kick Special
BRAWDY 12 2 0 0 0 0  
HANKINS 18 2 0 0 3 0  
HESS 0 0 0 0 0 0 1-XP miss
TOTAL 30 4 0 0 3 0  

Team Stats

October 29 NORTH vs BLOOMINTON NORTH Team Stats
9 Rushing 12
5 Passing 7
4 Penalty 3
40 Rushing attempts 49
6.8 Avg yds per rush 4.3
17 Attempts 26
6 Completions 16
35% Completion % 62%
13.3 Avg yds per completion 13.9
0 / 0 Sacked / Yards Lost 2 / -15
57 Plays 75
6.2 Avg yds per play 5.8
0 Fumbles lost 0
0 Passes HAD intercepted 0
0 Points scored off turnovers 0
9 / 73 PENALTIES / YARDS 15 / 125
3 / 11 3rd down conversions 10 / 16
4 / 4 4th down conversions 2 / 4
1ST 11:49 Hankins 80yd TD run 6 - 0
    XP kick misses 6 - 0
2ND 10:11 Steinfeldt 5yd TD reception (Lozano) 6 - 6
    XP kick deflected by E.King 6 - 6
  9:55 Hankins 25yd TD run 12 - 6
    Brawdy 2pt XP run 14 - 6
  3:09 Lozano 2yd TD run 14 - 12
    Lozano 2pt XP run 14 - 14
3RD 8:02 Mikulich 26yd TD reception (Lozano) 14 - 20
    XP kick blocked by A.Davis 14 - 20
  6:26 Mickulich 60yd TD reception (Lozano) 14 - 26
    Trilling XP kick 14 - 27
  4:37 Brawdy 23yd TD run 20 - 27
    Brawdy 2pt XP run 22 - 27
4TH 11:53 Mickulich 3yd TD run 22 - 33
    Lozano 2pt XP run 22 - 35
  5:50 Brawdy 4yd TD run 28 - 35
    Brawdy 2pt XP run 30 - 35

Defensive Stats

53 MITCHELL HAPPE 4 9 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 18
22 CAINEN NORTHINGTON 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
09 CALE JOHNSON 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 14
40 DESHAUN HORNE 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
68 JAYDEN HAZELWOOD 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 13
59 DELSHAN DAVIS 1 8 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 13
04 ETHAN KING 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 12
27 KEONTA BARTON 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
51 GARRETT MOONEY 2 2 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 8
35 KALEB HARRIS 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 7
01 ACHILLES JOHNSON 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
36 SEAN BENNETT 0 4 0.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 6
20 KAHLONTAJ BELL 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
83 ANGUS DAVIS 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
75 TIMOTHY DIXON 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 JORDAN HUNT 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
31 DYLAN HANES 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 36 52 6 3 0 0 0 2 146

Game Recap



Pride is the sustaining force that drives an organization to continue to compete even when the odds are long and the situation is desperate.  Pride is evident in a team that throughout the season has played its best football in the fourth quarter of games that seemed lost. 

Players picked up their game—blocks were sustained downfield, plays were made on defense, balls got kicked further, runners imposed their will on would-be tacklers.  Coordinators put players in positions to exploit weaknesses and selected plays with greater intensity.  Equipment managers found ways to fend off the elements and provide on-the-spot needs.   Assistant coaches added intensity to their sideline one-on-one instructions.

As evidence that the 2021 North Huskies played with great pride, consider these moments:

And then there was Friday night’s Sectional game versus the Bloomington North Cougars in a steady rain that lasted throughout the contest…

There have been fewer games in the last decade that provided one team more potential excuses to fold—and yet, the Huskies would not yield.


The conditions were miserable at best.  A steady, soaking rain began 20 minutes before kick-off and never relented.  The wind was brisk and inhibited kicks and passes.  Following a 90-minute bus ride to Bloomington, the visitors’ locker room could not have been located further from the playing field and still been part of the campus.  The temperature was in the low 50’s and felt ten degrees colder due to the wind and rain.


The Huskies arrived ‘ready-to-play’ and nowhere was it more evident than the first play from scrimmage.  Freshman Ben Brasher, returning to the starting lineup after battling an injury the last game, started at left guard.  His ‘big’ presence made a difference on first down at the North 20.  Up against a 300-pound defender, Brasher smashed into him and drove the big tackle to his right.  Behind him, sophomore Kaleb Harris roared down the line and ‘trapped’ the unblocked defensive end.  The end was unblocked by design as sophomore tackle Timothy Dixon had darted out to put a pancake block on the middle linebacker.  All of this had the effect of creating a gaping hole in the middle of the Bloomington defense as senior T.J. Hankins rambled forward with the football.

Hankins had to deal with a lone defender—the safety—six yards past the line of scrimmage.  When T.J. gets a full head of steam and makes it into the defensive secondary untouched, the one-on-one matchups with safeties are beautiful to watch.

Of course, that depends upon your point of view.

From the safety’s perspective, all he perceived was one of Hankins’ patented vicious forearms to the solar plexus, the feel of the turf as he slumped to the ground, and the sound of T.J.’s cleats as they roared past him.  No other defender was able to catch up to the S.I.A.C.’s leading rusher as he went 80 yards for a touchdown.

The elements played havoc with the extra point kick and North led 6-0 just 15 seconds into the game.


As exciting as the opening play was, it was apparent that, in these weather conditions, the two teams were evenly matched.  The worst of the rain came down during the first quarter and passing was limited to short throws that the wind could not alter.  As a result, both squads relied heavily on their primary running back and quarterback to handle the ball.  There were no reverses or jet sweeps and any pass was typically of the screen variety.

For their part, the Cougars also had a big, rangy running back who could ‘bring it’ when they needed him to.  As the first quarter wound down, they relied heavily on him to carry the ball and they drove down field steadily. 


When the teams switched fields at the break, the rain died down and so did the wind—for a little while.  It turned out to be just long enough for the Cougars to complete a short pass on fourth and goal from the five to tie the score at 6-6.  Junior Ethan King’s hard charge from the right side on the extra point appeared to allow him to get a finger on the extra point kick.  The ball’s rotation and trajectory changed slightly after his close brush with it and the kick missed to the left.

The Huskies were also quick to capitalize on the momentary slow down in the rain and wind.  The Cougars attempted an on-sides kick that failed and North had the ball at midfield.  On first down, senior Ethan Brawdy faked an inside hand off to Hankins, rolled to his left, and found Kaleb Harris on a seam route just inside the hash marks.  Junior Jaylonn Mitchell provided a block that freed Harris to get to the sideline and the sophomore ran to the Blooming 25-yard line before being knocked out of pounds.


If you pull a coaching manual off the shelf in any football office, it will show the reader exactly how a ‘trap’ play is to be executed.  Just as it had worked to perfection on the first play of the game, the Huskies pulled it off again on first and ten.

The defense was in a slightly different formation, but the results were the same.  Junior center Landon Caswell and senior right guard Zane Hatt double teamed the nose tackle.  In fact, they double-teamed him so well that they steam rolled the defender into the middle linebacker and took him out of the play too.

Freshman Ben Brasher now had a man lined ‘head up’ and drove the defender back and to the left.  Senior Kaleb Lowe was at left tackle this time and allowed the end to come past him unblocked as he rambled out to demolish the very-same safety who had felt the brunt of Hankins’ stiff-arm on the first touchdown.  Harris again streaked down the line of scrimmage and smashed into the now ‘trapped’ end.

For his part, Hankins glanced at the safety laying underneath Lowe, shifted the ball to his other arm, and ran for the goal line.  The ‘other’ safety made a vain attempt to stop the freight train at the ten-yard line and received the same treatment from Hankins.  The taste of turf and the ache in his sternum was probably a common half time discussion among the pair.  The play was a thing of beauty and likely matched the way it was drawn up in the play book.  Brawdy went off tackle to the right on a keeper for the two-point conversion and North led 14-6.


After junior Sean Bennett and senior Garrett Mooney combined to stop a drive by running the quarterback out of bounds at the North 15 yard-line, the Cougars attempted a field goal that went wide left.  North got the ball at the 20, and the first play appeared to be another touchdown.  Hankins took the handoff, ran left on a sweep, Dixon and Brasher pushed the line back, Harris walled off the interior pursuit, and Jaylonn Mitchell dealt with the safety.  Hankins streaked to the end zone but had to be called back when it turned out a flag had been called for a hold. 

North was unable to overcome the penalty and forced to punt.  A heavy rush developed from the right and a defender got a hand on the ball just enough to deflect it.  Only a generous bounce and roll kept the play from being an outright disaster, but Bloomington took over at the North 43.  Five straight running plays yielded another score and the game was soon tied at 14.


The Cougars ran 29 offensive plays in the second quarter—an inordinate number of plays in a single period—and the Huskies had to march about five hundred yards to their locker room just to get protection from the elements.  Then they had to march those same 500 yards back to the field in the rain.  Bloomington received the kickoff and then drove the ball down field with more running plays.  The affect on the Husky defense was noticeable.  They bent but did not appear to break until, with the Cougars attempting to convert a fourth down, sophomore Jayden Hazelwood burst through the line and sacked the quarterback for an eight-yard loss.  Husky spirits lifted momentarily but fell abruptly when they saw a penalty flag had been dropped for a face mask penalty.  The Cougars then capped off a thirteen play drive to start the half with a 25 yard touchdown pass.  Senior Angus Davis blocked the extra point kick, but the Huskies trailed 20-14.

North could only manage a three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Cougars at the Bloomington 40-yard line.

At this point in the game, North’s defense had been on the field for 39 of the previous 48 plays with a thousand-yard march in the rain at halftime.  On first down, a wheel route pass resulted in a 60-yard touchdown for the Cougars and the extra point kick put the Huskies down 27-14.  The rain was still pouring, the temperature was dropping, and the situation was growing dire.  Just five minutes remained in the third quarter.


A lesser team might have packed-it-in at that point.  North’s last three offensive possessions had gained a total of nine yards.  A 14-6 lead had become a 27-14 deficit.  A touchdown had been called back, the conditions were miserable, and it had already been a long day thanks to the bus ride and distances to cover.  The defense was winded and the outcome was quickly slipping away.

These are the moments when you find out what a program, a team, and a player are made of.

North has been fortunate to have four years of play from a leader who has learned with each contest the value of minutes remaining in a game.  Time and again, the Huskies have been rallied by a young man who got his baptism under fire as a freshman at Reitz Bowl.  Facing insurmountable odds, he had gamely led North to three second half touchdowns to prevent a blow out from becoming an embarrassment.  As a sophomore he had willed his way into the end zone for a last-minute touchdown on-the-road for North’s first win at Castle in nearly 20 years.  As a junior he had directed the Huskies on its first five game winning streak in 15 seasons.

And as a senior, he had played essentially with one arm in order to bring his team thrilling come from behind chances to win games against higher ranked opponents.  This was a moment for all those trials and tribulations to reveal the character of the young man who runs North’s offense.

Ethan Brawdy rallied his team mates to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, to play with pride, to dig in and believe they could win.


If Brawdy was refusing to lose, it was never more apparent than on first down at the North 40-yard line.  The play was designed for him to roll left on a run-pass option, but the protection broke down immediately and one defender grabbed hold of his jersey as he attempted to avoid a tackle.  The senior reversed his field and turned what should have been a ten-yard loss into a four-yard gain.  Buoyed by his resilience, the Huskies then got 14 more on a run from Hankins and were at the Cougar 46. 

With the rain now drizzling steadily, North avoided any more handoffs and Brawdy was just taking direct snaps and running with the ball.  For his part, Hankins was well suited to the role of blocking back.  When Dixon blew up the tackle in front of him with a pancake block, Hankins bowled over the outside linebacker and it freed Brawdy into the secondary.  He made his way to the 23 before being brought down.

The next play was a zone-read running play with everyone blocking down and to their left and it was up to Brawdy to find a hole to run through.  He started left but noticed that senior Gunnar Sales, the right tackle, had stood his man up and moved him backwards.  The line had effectively walled off the defense so Brawdy cut back to his right and ran through the opening that Sales’ block afforded him.  He was nicer to the safety than Hankins had been and simply ran around him rather than over him on his way to the end zone.  He then ran in the two-point conversion and the Huskies were ‘back in the ball game’ trailing just 27-22.


The comparatively quick score by the Huskies was appreciated but it had a downside.  Barely 90 seconds had run off the clock and the defense had to return to the field.  They continued to ‘fight the good fight’ even though the Cougars were slamming the ball into the center of the line for four and five yard gains.  Eleven plays later the third quarter ended with Bloomington facing second and goal at the North three-yard line.  They scored on the first play of the fourth quarter and converted a two-point run to take a 35-22 lead into the game’s final eleven minutes.


For their part, the Cougars had to be wondering what it took to take the fight out of the Huskies.  They had worn down the defense, failed to commit any turnovers, and kicked the ball out of the end zone to give North terrible starting field positions throughout the night.

For their part, they had not seen the likes this season of a Joey Paridaen team led by Ethan Brawdy.

On first down, Brawdy swept left following Hankins and Harris around end.  The two screened off defenders, sprung the quarterback to the outside and he sprinted 21 yards along the sideline before being forced out of bounds.  The Huskies had a first down at the 41 and a little momentum behind them.  Seven of the next nine plays featured Brawdy taking the snap and diving into the line to his left or right and taking any opening he could find. When the drive came up against a fourth-and-one at the Bloomington ten, Brawdy altered his snap-count and drew a defender off-sides to set up first and goal.  On the next play North lined up with an unbalanced line featuring Sales, Mooney, Lowe, and Dixon on the right side.  Brawdy took the snap in a wildcat formation with Harris and Hankins deployed as blocking backs and scored easily behind that brawny right side.  The same formation was met with firmer resistance on the two-point conversion, but Brawdy would not be denied and dove into and over a defender to draw North within 35-30 with five minutes remaining.


The restorative powers of a thirteen play drive on the defense cannot be overstated.  When the defense returned to the field it was with the full knowledge that they had to make a stand and get the ball back for the offense.  The six minute rest they received was put to full use when the Cougars took over.  Bloomington offense could manage just one first down before being forced to punt the ball away.  With the wind at their back, the punt came down at the Husky 15 yard line where Ethan King signaled for a fair catch.  85 yards separated North from victory, the wind was against them, and just two minutes and thirty seconds remained in the game.


It is difficult to fathom that a team could run seventeen plays in 150 seconds.  To do it in wet and windy conditions after nearly two and a half hours of competition requires teamwork, execution, and a fair amount of luck.  North is not by nature a passing team, they are primarily a running team and prior to this drive had only thrown four passes in the game.  Thirteen times they would be forced to throw into the wind in an effort to gain yards and save time on the clock. 

The drive very nearly stalled before it ever got started.  Facing fourth and four at their 19-yard line, Brawdy again altered his cadence and drew the Cougars offside to gain four fresh downs.  The Huskies faced third and nine and had moved just 17 yards on their five plays.  The clock was down to under 1:30 to play.

And that is when Ethan Brawdy returned to an old-favorite target.  Four times in the next minute of play the senior quarterback would look for junior Jaylonn Mitchell to get open and all four times Mitchell came through in the clutch.  Four times he caught a pass that resulted in a first down as the Huskies edged their way closer to the end zone.  Mitchell’s third reception converted a fourth and ten situation and gave the Huskies a first down at the Bloomington 25.  His final catch set up the game’s supposed final play with a first down at the Cougar eleven and two seconds to play.


With one play remaining, Brawdy took the snap and rolled right.  His protection held up and he had time to throw as he approached the out of bounds line.  A defender was mirroring him at the line of scrimmage and keeping him from either throwing short to Hankins or running with the ball.  His only choice was to throw the ball.  With only one deep option on that side of the field, he tossed the ball high enough that senior Cameron Gelhausen’s 6’4” frame might be able to go up for it at the goal line. 

The defender had other plans, however.  Being substantially shorter than Gelhausen, the defender realized he would lose any “jump ball” competitions with the receiver.

So he grabbed Gelhausen around the shoulder pads while the ball was in the air to keep him from jumping.

And a flag flew for pass interference.

A game cannot end on a defensive penalty.

The referee set the ball at the five-yard line and North got to run one play with no time remaining on the clock.


As any witness to North’s 2021 season knew, the last play of the game, potentially the last play of the season, was going to be in Ethan Brawdy’s hands to convert.  He took the snap and rolled to his right, just as he had on the prior play.  This time the defense penetrated a little deeper and forced him to give ground.  He got closer and closer to the sideline and further from the goal line.  He looked for a receiver but was soon out of options.

The season was going to end in a show down of Ethan Brawdy versus four converging defenders.  Like desperados in an old western movie, Brawdy successively shot down each of their chances.  There was no doubt who was wearing the ‘white hat’ (both figuratively and literally) in this scene.

Once he made his decision to run rather than throw, he accelerated past two defenders with the aid of a screening block on one from Hankins, the other he left in his tracks with his speed.

Two down, two to go.

Having given ground back to the ten and hemmed in by the sideline to his right, he cut straight up field and prepared for contact with the third defender at the three-yard line.

Movie gunslingers are known for their quick draws and spinning guns.  Ethan Brawdy is known for his reverse spin and lunge backwards.

At the three, he executed the spin and overcame the third defender.

Three down, one to go.

Planting his feet at the three he threw his body upward and backwards with the full force of his legs.  The force of his backwards lunge against the forward momentum of the fourth defender carried him into the end zone with the apparent winning touchdown.

The good guys had finally won the shootout at the OK Corral.

The stands erupted and the cheering was deafening.

The sidelines were roaring.

And somewhere there was a whistle blowing.

An official was pointing to the sideline and ruled that when Brawdy had planted his feet to lunge backwards, his left foot had contacted the out-of-bounds line.

The play was blown dead at the two-yard line.

Time had run out on the 2021 Huskies.

October 29 NORTH vs Bloomington North Possessions  
FIRST QUARTER            
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N20 1 1 0 80 1 0:15 TD Hankins 80yd TD run 6 - 0
                XP kick missed
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B20 7 4 3 17 1 3:15 punt   6 - 0
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N20 7 7 0 17 2 4:20 punt bad snap on 3rd&5 loses 11yds 6 - 0
BLOOMINGTON NORTH--10th play of drive begins SECOND QUARTER
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B30 15 10 5 70 4 6:00 TD Steinfeldt 5yd TD reception (Lozano) 6 - 6
                XP kick missed
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N49 2 1 1 51 2 0:25 TD Hankins 25yd TD run; follows Harris 26yd reception 14 - 6
                Brawdy 2pt XP run
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B32 8 7 1 68 3 3:05 missFG Trilling field goal goes wide left 14 - 6
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N20 3 2 1 5 0 1:50 punt Penalty calls back Hankins 80yd TD run; punt deflected on 4th down 14 - 6
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N43 6 5 1 43 3 1:55 TD Lozano 2yd TD run 14 - 14
                Lozano 2pt XP run
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N26 3 2 1 4 0 1:40 punt   14 - 14
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B11 8 2 6 48 3 1:20 downs Harris QB sack 3rd down and Barton defends pass at goal line on 4th down 14 - 14
SECOND HALF            
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B35 11 7 4 65 4 4:00 TD Mikulich 26yd TD reception (Lozano) 14 - 20
                A.Davis block XP kick
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N20 3 2 1 0 0 1:30 punt   14 - 20
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B40 1 0 1 60 1 0:15 TD Mikulich 60yd TD reception (Lozano) 14 - 27
                Trilling XP kick
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N40 5 5 0 60 3 1:45 TD Brawdy 23yd TD run 22 - 27
                Brawdy 2pt XP run
BLOOMINGTON NORTH--final play of drive begins FOURTH QUARTER
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B40 11 8 3 60 4 4:45 TD Mikulich 3yd TD run 22 - 35
                Lozano 2pt XP run
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N20 13 11 2 80 5 6:10 TD Brawdy 4yd TD run 30 - 35
                Brawdy 2pt XP run
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
B32 5 4 1 19 1 3:10 punt Northington defends 3rd down pass 30 - 35
Start Plays Run Pass Yards 1st Down Time Result Notes Score
N15 16 5 11 83 5 2:30 game Brawdy scores from 5yd line on untimed play after a pass interference call in the end zone.  Official rules Brawdy stepped out of bounds at 2yd line. 30 - 35