Game Stats Game Recap
|ST.LOUIS||31||177||5.7||2||30||0||1-3yd TD; 2-5yd TD|
|MITCHELL||5||6||1.2||0||8||0||sacked 1 time of -7 yards|
|* thrown to|
|HESS||KO||1||50||50.0||50||1-on sides; 1-out of bounds|
|Player||Total||TD rush||TD rec||TD ret||2pt XP||XP kick||Special|
|August 26 NORTH vs MEMORIAL Team Stats|
|4.4||Avg yds per rush||2.4|
|3.5||Avg yds per completion||15.4|
|1 / -8||Sacked / Yards Lost||3 / -27|
|3.9||Avg yds per play||5.8|
|1||Passes HAD intercepted||1|
|7||Points scored off turnovers||0|
|9 / 65||PENALTIES / YARDS||10 / 97|
|5 / 13||3rd down conversions||2 / 11|
|0 / 2||4th down conversions||0 / 4|
|2ND||5:41||St. Louis 3yd TD run||6 - 0|
|Renfro XP kick||7 - 0|
|0:56||St. Louis 5yd TD run||13 - 0|
|Hess XP kick||14 - 0|
|NORTH VS MEMORIAL 8/26/2022 - DEFENSIVE STATS|
|PLAYER||SOLO||ASST.||T-FL||SACK||C FUM||R FUM||INT||BK||POINTS|
HUSKY DEFENSE SHINES IN 14-0 SHUT OUT OF MEMORIAL
The North Huskies overwhelmed a Tiger ballclub depleted by injuries and suspensions and won 14-0 against Memorial on Friday night. The shutout marked the first time a Husky defense had held Memorial scoreless in 43 years.
The story of the game had to be the masterful performance of the Husky defense’s front seven. Making big plays up front forced the Tigers to all but abandon the running game and try their luck against North’s defensive backfield--which bent but never broke during the contest.
While the Husky defense held Memorial without a first down in the opening quarter, the story was no different for North early on. It wasn’t until North’s third possession that the game started to take on a new script. After a pair of ‘three-and-outs’, North fans gritted their teeth when a Tiger punt rolled dead at the Husky 2-yard line with 4 minutes to play in the opening quarter.
JOEY PARIDAEN FOOTBALL
With senior Sean Bennett at tailback, the Huskies battered their way out to the 12 to gain some breathing room. What came next was what has come to pass as “vintage” Joey Paridaen football: a cut back run into the center of the line for big yards. The last four seasons have seen North run this play to perfection.
Inserting senior Brodie Varner at H-Back and lining up a back on either side of senior Jaylonn Mitchell in shotgun formation, when the ball was snapped the North offense moved hard to its left as a unit. Center Landon Caswell executed a ‘reach’ block on the defensive tackle to his left. Left guard Timothy Dixon blew away the end to his left and he joined with Varner and tackle Kylen Hazelwood to effectively wall off the right side of the defense from a path that was now opening in the center of the Memorial line.
The path was opening because Caswell’s reach block had dropped the tackle to one knee and Chase Reeves at right tackle had stood up the defender in front of him. Those two actions left the remaining blocker, ‘Big’ Ben Brasher, free to terrorize the middle linebacker and relocate him to somewhere near Posey County. Seeing the path open, Angelo St. Louis had received the handoff, taken two steps to his left, and then cut back into the pathway opening in the middle of the defense. The run gained 18 yards and moved the Huskies to less perilous field position.
While the drive ultimately stalled out past mid-field, the play represented a formula that North would repeat over-and-over-and-over again for the remainder of the half.
MEMORIAL GOES TO THE AIR
Having been stymied by the stingy North run defense in the first quarter, the Tigers threw the ball on ten of their 14 plays in the second quarter. While they initially enjoyed some success and picked up their first first-down of the game, they met their match when Memorial moved the ball deep into North territory.
Following a first down at the Husky 36, junior Cainen Northington and senior Jeremiah Thomas stopped a receiver for a one-yard gain. Northington then defended a long pass to set up a fourth-and-nine at the North 35. Following a shovel pass into the line, senior Cale Johnson and junior Kasey Hospelhorn dropped the runner far-short of the first down marker. Taking over at the 32, the Huskies would then embark on their longest drive of the night.
ST. LOUIS AND MORE ST. LOUIS
The insertion of Varner into the blocking strategy continued to return favorable results and North resorted to ‘smash-mouth’ football as they drove their way downfield. An eleven play, 68-yard drive ensued and Angelo St. Louis carried the ball on nine of the 11 plays. After sophomore Jason Rucker picked up a critical first down by gaining five yards after initial contact was made, it then fell to St. Louis to ‘tote the rock’ for the final five plays. No play was prettier to watch, however, than ‘first-and-goal’ at the nine-yard line when Varner lined up at left H-back behind Timothy Dixon’s left hip.
Matched head up on Dixon was the largest defender the Tigers could find. On the snap, the junior guard went nose-to-nose with his man, got leverage underneath, and drove the defensive tackle straight back five yards. Varner followed him into the void and treated the linebacker exactly the same as Dixon had treated the tackle. The hole opened, St. Louis slammed through and it took three defenders to stop him just short of the goal line. Memorial’s relief lasted scant seconds as the Huskies ran the exact same play and executed just as well for the touchdown. Mitchell Renfro’s extra point kick gave North a 7-0 lead.
KALEB HARRIS MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT
More than anything, from this point in the game forward, one player in particular made a handful of spectacular defensive plays. Kaleb Harris began to make his presence felt at defensive end as his blend of size, power, and speed proved to be too much for the Memorial tackles to handle one-on-one. When Memorial again made their way into North territory with a first down at the Husky 43, the Tigers acknowledged that Harris required two men to effectively block him.
Kaleb then proved it might require three.
Blasting through a double team block and racing into the backfield, Harris made contact with a runner who had just received a pitch-out from the quarterback. The big, agile junior stripped him of the ball as he thrust the runner to the ground and Jeremiah Thomas recovered the fumble at the North 46.
‘BIG PLAY’ JOHNSON
A quarterback sack stalled North’s drive before they could gain a first down and the Huskies punted the ball away. The long snapper, the guy in the middle of the line with his head buried in the ground, is not normally the first defender down the field. Given the awkward stance and the concentration required to deliver the ball perfectly to the punter, it takes a rare-breed of athlete to achieve a consistently good snap AND be a threat to tackle the player catching the punt. Over the years, senior Cale Johnson has proven to be that type of player—the guy who can make big plays. In this game, he would record a pair of quarterback sacks on defense that stymied Memorial drives, but perhaps none of his plays was bigger than the one he made on this particular punt.
After Mitchell Renfro’s kick was signaled for a fair catch by a Memorial return man, it was Johnson who was heads up and nose-to-nose with the returner when he muffed the catch and the ball was loose on the ground. Despite the presence of four Tigers standing around the ball, it was Johnson who sensed the opportunity and dove to recover the fumble.
KEEP RIDING YOUR HORSE
With the ball at the Memorial 41, the formula for success was a familiar one. The saying goes that when things are going well, keep riding the horse that got you to that point. The Huskies handed the ball to Angelo St. Louis on first down, Caswell sealed off the middle linebacker, Dixon blew up the tackle, Kylen Hazelwood kicked out the end, and Varner man-handled the outside linebacker. Twenty yards later Memorial finally brought down the runner at the 21. Four more similar plays put the ball in the end zone and Alex Hess’ extra point gave North a 14-0 lead.
The Tigers got the ball to open the second half and were able to string together a series of first downs with passes that carried them into North territory. Ultimately a holding penalty, a Harris blocked pass at the line of scrimmage, and a tremendous open-field tackle by Kasey Hospelhorn proved to be more than they could overcome and the drive stalled at the Husky 45.
MEMORIAL MAKES ADJUSTMENTS
Unfortunately, the running game that had operated so smoothly throughout the first half—gaining 163 yards on 31 attempts (averaging over 5 yards per carry) fell victim to penalties and Memorial defensive adjustments in the second half. The Huskies would go the entire third quarter without gaining a first down.
But the defense was enough to carry North to victory.
After Memorial reached Husky territory by passing for a pair of first downs, on a critical third-and-one at the North 35, a poor snap left the Tiger quarterback scrambling for open space. Cale Johnson again displayed his big play abilities and dropped him for an 11-yard sack.
HARRIS ‘OWNS’ THE FOURTH QUARTER
While the North offense continued to struggle, Kaleb Harris batted away multiple Memorial possessions.
He batted down passes on every remaining Tiger possession.
Memorial’s best chance to score came early in the fourth quarter and they had the ball at North’s nine-yard line. Facing fourth-and-six, Harris batted down the pass to force a turnover on downs.
With eight minutes to play the Tigers got the ball back near midfield. On third-down-and-ten, it was Harris who blew through a pair of blockers, grabbed the quarterback, and forced him to throw the ball away before he suffered a sack.
In what amounted to Memorial’s ‘last gasp’, they got the ball back one last time with under six minutes to go and immediately completed a pass that got them to the North 25-yard line. If they could quickly score and force a turnover, the Tigers would still be ‘in the game’.
On first down, Harris again got a rush on the quarterback that forced a hurried throw with no chance of completion.
On second down, Jayden Hazelwood caught up with a receiver following a shovel pass and threw him down for a two-yard loss.
On third down, Harris nailed a receiver on a screen pass and held him to a two-yard gain.
On fourth down, Harris got both hands up in the air in front of the quarterback and deflected a ball at the line of scrimmage. The flight of the ball resembled that of a duck with a rupture and safety Cainen Northington tracked it down, picked it off at the two-yard line, and returned it out to the 18.
Game, set, and match.
THE HUSKIES CAN CELEBRATE
Memorial has been one of the premiere programs in the SIAC for a decade. Their long trips in the season playoffs have been well documented elsewhere. North has achieved a level of parity with the Tigers that was unimaginable six years ago. The last several contests between the two schools have been pitched battles in which neither team could gain significant tactical advantage. Coming off a game with Castle that could have gone either way and to then witness the powerhouse domination of the offensive line in the first half of this game, followed by a second half in which the defense dismantled the Tigers, provides the North faithful reason to celebrate.
Shutout victories have been few and far between for North the last decade. This was certainly one for the defense to savor.
|August 26 NORTH vs Memorial Possessions|
|N42||6||5||1||18||1||2:40||INT||Draper intercepts Mitchell on 4th&10||0 - 0|
|M29||3||2||1||9||0||1:20||punt||0 - 0|
|N20||3||1||2||3||0||1:20||punt||0 - 0|
|N46||3||2||1||0||0||2:15||punt||Punt rolls dead at N2||0 - 0|
|N2||7||6||1||47||2||4:25||downs||Shuttle pass dropped on 4th&3||0 - 0|
|MEMORIAL--third play of possession begins 2ND QUARTER|
|N49||7||2||5||17||1||2:40||downs||Johnson & Hospelhorn stop reciver short on 4th&9||0 - 0|
|N32||11||11||0||68||4||5:00||TD||St. Louis 3yd TD run||7 - 0|
|Renfro XP Kick|
|M46||4||2||2||8||1||1:05||fumble||Harris strips runner for 3yd loss and Thomas recovers||7 - 0|
|N46||3||3||0||-11||0||1:55||punt||Johnson recovers muffed punt at M41||7 - 0|
|M41||5||5||0||41||2||1:45||TD||St. Louis 5yd TD run||14 - 0|
|Hess XP kick|
|M35||5||2||3||23||2||1:00||downs||Johnson QB sack on final play of half at N34||14 - 0|
|M20||9||4||5||35||3||5:15||downs||L.Elsperman drops pass on 4th&12||14 - 0|
|N45||3||2||1||0||0||2:00||punt||14 - 0|
|M18||5||2||3||30||2||2:20||punt||Johnson QB sack on 3rd&1 stalls drive||14 - 0|
|N19||3||3||0||-10||0||2:05||punt||Costly holding penalty stalls drive||14 - 0|
|MEMORIAL--3rd play of possession starts FOURTH QUARTER|
|N42||9||2||7||33||2||2:00||downs||Harris bats down pass on 4th&6 at N9||14 - 0|
|N9||3||3||0||3||0||2:10||punt||Memorial 15yd penalty on punt return||14 - 0|
|M41||3||0||3||0||0||0:25||punt||Harris hurries QB into incompletion on 3rd&10||14 - 0|
|N27||3||1||2||3||0||1:50||punt||North Holding penalty stalls drive||14 - 0|
|N42||5||0||5||12||1||1:50||INT||Harris tips ball at line of scrimmage and Northington intercepts and returns to N18||14 - 0|
|N18||8||8||0||38||2||4:15||game||14 - 0|
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