Game Stats Game Recap
|Oct 14 NORTH vs Central VARSITY Offensive Stats|
|McKINNEY||14||12||86%||177||1||0||1-19yd TD (Happe)|
|MITCHELL,A||1||1||100%||24||1||0||1-24yd TD (A.Mitchell)|
|MITCHELL,J||1||0||0%||0||0||0||1-2pt conversion (Renfro)|
|McKINNEY||4||85||21.3||2||60||0||1-60yd TD; 2-5yd TD|
|ST. LOUIS||14||78||5.6||2||30||0||1-3yd TD; 2-1yd TD|
|HAPPE||2||2||29||14.5||1||19||1-19yd TD (McKinney)|
|MARTIN||1||1||24||24.0||1||24||1-24yd TD (A.Mitchell)|
|RENFRO||####||1-2pt XP reception (J.Mitchell)|
|* thrown to|
|Player||Total||TD rush||TD rec||TD ret||2pt XP||XP kick||Special|
|Oct 14 NORTH vs Central Team Stats|
|7.9||Avg yds per rush||4.1|
|15.5||Avg yds per completion||6.7|
|1 / -7||Sacked / Yards Lost||2 / -17|
|9.5||Avg yds per play||2.1|
|0||Passes HAD intercepted||0|
|0||Points scored off turnovers||0|
|10 / 95||PENALTIES / YARDS||6 / 57|
|6 / 6||3rd down conversions||3 / 11|
|0 / 0||4th down conversions||0 / 2|
|1ST||9:36||St.Louis 3yd TD run||6 - 0|
|Renfro XP kick||7 - 0|
|7:37||McKinney 60yd TD run||13 - 0|
|XP kick missed||13 - 0|
|4:32||St.Louis 1yd TD run||19 - 0|
|Baggett XP kick||20 - 0|
|0:20||Northington, 5yd TD run||26 - 0|
|Renfro 2pt reception (J. Mitchell)||28 - 0|
|2ND||8:28||Happe 19yd TD reception (McKinney)||34 - 0|
|Baggett XP kick||35 - 0|
|2:07||McKinney 1yd TD run||41 - 0|
|Baggett XP kick||42 - 0|
|3RD||1:00||Martin 24yd TD reception (A.Mitchell||48 - 0|
|XP kick missed||48 - 0|
|NORTH VS CENTRAL 10/14/2022 - DEFENSIVE STATS|
|PLAYER||SOLO||ASST.||T-FL||SACK||C FUM||R FUM||INT||BK||POINTS|
HUSKIES MAKE HISTORY IN 48-0 ROUT OF CENTRAL
The North Huskies put up four first quarter touchdowns on their way to their second defensive shutout of the season in a 48-0 victory over the Central Bears. The 48-point differential was the largest margin of victory by either team in the 66-game series. Against what is arguably the worst Central squad since 1981, the Husky defense became the first defense to record two shutouts in a single season in 43 years.
HARDLY A SURPRISE
No one expected this game to be close. The anemic Central offense had been on display in their winless season, but their defense had occasionally held up against better opponents like Jasper and Memorial and prevented humiliating losses. Such was not the case at Central Stadium. The North offense scored touchdowns EVERY TIME they got the ball in the game and the first quarter explosion of points was none the less spectacular despite pre-game expectations of victory.
FIRST POSSESSION EXPLOSION
For some unknown reason, Central won the coin toss (their only ‘win’ of the game) and inexplicably deferred that decision to the second half—like this might be a close game and they would want the second half momentum that receiving the ball might bring. North’s first series likely made the Bears re-think that possibility.
Facing second and ten at the North 32, lined up with three receivers left and in the shotgun formation, junior Sam McKinney took the snap and handed off to senior Angelo St. Louis. Senior receiver Jaylonn Mitchell, one of the three receivers lined up wide left, immediately backed off the line of scrimmage as though to receive a screen pass—thereby freezing a pair of outside defenders in their tracks.
At the line, junior left guard Timothy Dixon delivered a devastating pancake block on the man in front of him. The impact of the block stacked up both inside linebackers behind it. To Dixon’s left, senior Kayden Hazelwood returned to the lineup at tackle after having missed several games due to injury. Hazelwood turned the defender in front of him to the inside of the field and sophomore H-back Avier Mitchell led St. Louis into the hole behind the two linemen’s wake.
Avier smacked the linebacker hard and St. Louis was immediately five yards up field. The Mitchell fake screen had only held the outside defenders long enough for the ball carrier to get five yards past the line and since St. Louis was running to the “short” side of the field, the two defensive backs were able to grab hold of him.
Unfortunately for them, they had grabbed hold of a man and they were just boys. St. Louis shed the pair like so much water off a duck’s back and bulled his way up field. Pinned in by the sideline, he had no option to run away from the interior pursuit coming toward him from the wide side of the field and instead took them on as they came. First one, then another, and another failed to take him down. Only a mis-step as he tightrope walked along the sideline prevented St. Louis from scoring but not before he had gained 30 yards on a play designed to gain five.
Less than a minute later at the Central 23, McKinney took the snap, rolled to his right, and hit Jaylonn Mitchell with a pass at the 12-yard line. Mitchell veered for the end zone but was force out of bounds at the three. The following play saw St. Louis take a handoff, read the zone-blocking scheme in front of him, and then decide to run ‘against the grain’ following a block from Avier Mitchell that opened a seam into the end zone. Mitchell Renfro’s kick gave North a 7-0 lead with barely two minutes gone in the game.
KICKING OFF FROM OUR…TWELVE?
A rare double unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following the touchdown resulted in the kickoff first being marked off back to the 25-yard line and the second being marched ‘half the distance’ to the goal near the 12. After the kick, Central would start from North territory at the 49-yard line. It would be the one and only time the Bears would penetrate North’s end of the field until the Huskies already led 48-0.
On their first play from scrimmage, senior defensive end Cale Johnson set the tone for the evening. He easily shed the blocker in front of him, hustled down the line just after the running back took a hand-off, and, even though he stands just 5’10” and weighs 175 lbs., Johnson grabbed the runner from the side, stopped the back’s forward momentum, lifted him up into the air, and threw him over the back of junior defensive tackle Delshan Davis. The Bears would seldom run the ball in Johnson’s direction for the rest of the game.
McKINNEY DOES HIS FAMILY NAME PROUD
It cannot be easy to follow in the footsteps of an older brother who was named First Team All-State as a football player for North. Expectations are high when everyone can remember your brother breaking off long, beautiful runs for touchdowns to break games open. It takes a tough kid to handle that kind of pressure. Sam McKinney is that type of young man.
North’s next possession faced third down at the North 40 when McKinney lined up in the spread formation with St. Louis to his left. The play was a ‘Zone Read’ where the quarterback has to read the way in which the defense reacts to the ball when he extends it for the running back to take it as a handoff. If you read it correctly, the play is almost guaranteed to gain yardage because the player who ends up with the ball is usually running ‘where the defense isn’t’. If you read it incorrectly, the opposite occurs and yardage is most often lost.
McKinney read the defense well.
On the snap, four defenders flowed to the right towards St. Louis as he approached the handoff. The right side of North’s line had pulled and ran to their left. Sophomore ‘Big’ Ben Brasher hit the defensive end so hard they both went down from the impact. Senior center Landon Caswell had turned the nose tackle on defense around backwards and was shoving him down the line towards the four defenders closing in on St. Louis.
Only St. Louis didn’t have the ball.
McKinney pulled the ball back at the last moment and followed Brasher, where the waylaid defender sprawled out on the field like a chalk outline at a murder scene. McKinney then followed senior tackle Chase Reeves up field and Reeves screened out the first defender he came to. McKinney did the rest and the legacy of “Sam” McKinney was begun. Sixty yards later he had the longest touchdown run in his career “to date”.
The game was not even five minutes old and North led 13-0.
HUSKY AIR DEFENSE
Where North’s defensive secondary had seen early season contests result in quarterback’s passing for multiple touchdowns, the last several games had witnessed the confidence that a season of game experience can generate for a comparatively young crew. A pair of junior safeties had emerged to ‘steady’ the center of the defense in Kasey Hospelhorn and Alex Heck. Junior corners Cainen Northington and Keonta Barton had emerged as solid cornerbacks. Matched with senior Jordan Hunt, the defensive backfield had solidified and it was apparent Friday night. Seven times Central threw the ball in the first quarter and all seven passes came up incomplete.
The questionable coverage in the season’s first six games had become a domination of the air starting with Vincennes and continuing through Central. Friday night they would allow just three completions against TWENTY-FOUR pass attempts and allow just 20 yards. For the three-game stretch starting with Vincennes Lincoln, the Huskies have allowed just 15 completions of 54 passes (28%), only allowed an average of 30 yards gained, and given up zero touchdowns.
MITCHELL’S SPECTACULAR GRAB
After a pair of Central passes fell incomplete and forced a punt, North took over at their 34. Three straight handoffs to sophomore Jason Rucker gained a whopping 34 yards. The last play in that trio had seen junior tackle Jayden Hazelwood completely bowl over the right-hand side of the defense and spring Rucker on a 23-yard gain. Once again, the Huskies were at the Central 32 and knocking on the door.
Jaylonn Mitchell lined up in the slot in a three-receiver set to the left. The Bears were in tight press coverage and McKinney could see that there was no deep safety lined up over the top of Mitchell. On the snap, the defender tried to ‘shuck’ Mitchell at the line to break up the quarterback-to-receiver timing.
Mitchell easily shed the defender and then used his speed to get some separation. With no safety deep to provide assistance, it was a footrace between the two and Mitchell was faster. McKinney’s throw was deep enough, but Mitchell was looking for the ball to his inside and it was delivered to the outside. To make the catch, the senior would have to twist his body nearly 180 degrees in mid-air, grab the ball, and hang on through a collision with both the defender and the ground when he landed.
Jaylonn made it look easy as he came down at the one-yard line.
St. Louis smashed into the line for North’s third touchdown in seven minutes of play.
…AND THEN HISTORY WAS MADE
North’s third kicker of the night came on to boot the extra point following St. Louis’ score. This time history was made as junior Maya Baggett calmly lined up HER point of aim and kicked the ball squarely through the uprights. For the first time in North football history, a female player had participated and scored for the Huskies. Three more times she would attempt extra point kicks and make two while kicking off once.
North’s kickers were all effective in various ways throughout the game. Senior Mitchell Renfro would convert his point-after kick and catch a two-point conversion pass (his second of the season). Junior Alex Hess’ kickoffs are becoming the stuff of legends as he boomed three into the end zone for touchbacks and averaged nearly 57 yards per kickoff on seven kicks.
EVERYONE GETS IN THE SHOW
To detail every scoring drive would take thousands of words. Husky dominance was so complete that the first seven times they touched the ball, they scored touchdowns. Through the first three quarters of the game, Central could only manage an average of just 1.6 yards per play.
Cainen Northington picked up his second touchdown of the season with a five-yard run to put North ahead 26 to 0. Renfro then caught Jaylonn Mitchell’s pass to make the score 28-0 as the first quarter ended.
McKinney, standing behind a perfect wall of protection courtesy of Dixon, Davis, Caswell, junior Brady Reeves, and Jayden Hazelwood, then tossed a 19-yard score to sophomore Grant Happe as he leapt high for a twisting touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. Barrett’s second kick made the score 35-0 with 8:28 to play in the half.
Following a defensive stand in which Johnson tackled a receiver for loss, Heck defended a pass, and senior Sean Bennett swatted away a potential third down reception, North took over at their 38. The Huskies then ran off their longest duration drive (nine plays and over four minutes) that ended in a one-yard McKinney touchdown run. Baggett’s final score made it 42-0 at halftime.
AVIER MITCHELL GETS INTO THE ACT
The second half was played with a running clock and the Huskies made good use of their only possession. Sophomore Avier Mitchell took over at quarterback and North, substituting liberally throughout the lineup, began play at their 46. Rucker opened up with a 13-yard run and Mitchell added another first down with a 14-yard run of his own to the Central 20. A blitz got through and a North runner was dropped for loss at the 24-yard line.
The Huskies called a “Run-Pass Option” play on second down and Kayden Hazelwood and fellow senior Weston Simmons rolled up the left side of the defense and provided Mitchell a path to run. A defensive safety saw Mitchell approaching the line of scrimmage and gave up coverage on his man to stop Mitchell.
…which is exactly what a Run-Pass Option play is designed to do. What doesn’t always happen is the quarterback reads the defensive commitment soon enough to take advantage of it.
Just a sophomore, Mitchell read it like a senior. He planted his right foot and passed the ball to junior Brady Martin—the very receiver the defender had given up—and Martin raced from the 12-yard line to the end zone for North’s final score of the evening. The Huskies won 48-0.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY IN THE SERIES
From 2015 to 2020, North had suffered six stinging defeats in the North Side Trophy Bowl. With this victory, they served up the largest margin of victory either school has experienced in the series. While Central still leads the series with 33 victories, North now has 32 (there was one tie, back in 1962 at 0-0) Given the production of the underclassmen in this game, there is reason to expect a chance to tie things back up at 33 apiece in 2023.
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|Oct 14 NORTH vs Central Possessions|
|N31||7||4||3||69||3||2:30||TD||St.Louis 3yd TD run; follows Mitchell 20yd reception||7 - 0|
|Renfro XP kick|
|N49||3||1||2||0||0||1:00||punt||Double unsportsmanlike conduct after score results in KO from N12||7 - 0|
|N31||3||2||1||69||1||0:55||TD||McKinney 60yd TD run||13 - 0|
|XP kick wide right|
|C20||4||2||2||19||1||1:30||punt||13 - 0|
|N34||5||4||1||66||3||1:20||TD||St.Louis 1yd TD run; follows Mitchell 31yd reception||20 - 0|
|Baggett XP kick|
|C23||3||1||2||2||0||1:00||punt||20 - 0|
|C38||7||4||3||62||2||3:10||TD||Northington 5yd TD run||28 - 0|
|Renfro 2pt XP reception (J.Mitchell)|
|CENTRAL--3rd play of possession begins SECOND QUARTER|
|C25||5||2||3||15||1||1:30||punt||North unsportsmanlike conduct on 3rd&10 results in first down||28 - 0|
|N28||8||4||4||72||4||2:15||TD||Mitchell 19yd TD reception (McKinney)||35 - 0|
|Baggett XP kick|
|C20||5||1||4||11||1||2:15||punt||35 - 0|
|N38||9||6||3||62||3||4:10||TD||McKinney 1yd TD run||42 - 0|
|Baggett XP kick|
|C10||3||3||0||-2||0||2:00||half||42 - 0|
|SECOND HALF played with running clock|
|C20||6||2||4||-1||1||6:00||punt||42 - 0|
|C49||5||4||1||49||3||6:00||TD||Martin 24yd TD reception (A.Mitchell)||48 - 0|
|XP kick wide left|
|CENTRAL--first play begins FOURTH QUARTER|
|C28||11||4||7||42||2||10:30||downs||48 - 0|
|N30||2||2||0||10||1||1:30||game||48 - 0|
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