1974 NHS Season Statistics
Evansville Courier & Press Newspapers ALL CITY/METRO Selections
|Hawkins||Brent||K||6-0||200||Sr.||Courier & Press||K-Courier OG-Press Honorable Mention|
|Schmidt||Jim||DB||6-1||175||Sr.||Courier & Press||DB-Courier QB-Press Honorable Mention|
|Sep. 6||Vincennes Lincoln||Win 14-6|
|Sep. 13||Evansville Memorial||Loss 0-32|
|Sep. 19||Evansville Harrison||Loss 16-53|
|Sep. 28||TH South||Win 7-0|
|Oct. 4||Evansville Central||Loss 7-27|
|Oct. 12||Evansville Reitz||Loss 12-49|
|Oct. 18||Evansville Bosse||Loss 16-20|
|Oct. 25||TH North||Win 35-12|
|Oct. 31||Evansville Mater Dei||Win 28-0|
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Highlights included: For the Huskies, 1974 was a season that started too soon and then ended too soon. With returning QB Jim Schmidt committed to playing American Legion Baseball in the National Tournament, North started the season without it's offensive leader for the first couple games and it showed. Exercising a ball control offense with little passing, the Huskies won their opener against Vincennes on the strength of FB Otis Fleming's 96 yards rushing and backfield mate Cornell Garrett's 97 yards. After two consecutive losses in their next two games, North's defense had to provide the strength for a victory against Terre Haute South.
In a game delayed over an hour by a torrential downpour, both coaches agreed to limit the game to ten minute quarters given the game's late start. The contest was played in a constant rain and by the end of the game fewer than 200 fans braved the stands. What they witnessed was one of North's finest hours by their defense. With Terra Haute South moving the ball well in the first quarter, only DB Dennis Herr stood between a breakaway South runner and the goal line. Herr executed a perfect open field tackle on his own seven yard line and the defense then forced South to turn the ball over on downs.
With DT's Joe Williams and Larry Woodruff spending most of the evening making life miserable for the South backfield, North finally got some offense going late in the third quarter. On a drive that started deep in it's own territory, the Husky offense road the back of young tailback Cornell Garrett. Handing him the ball on four consecutive plays, the diminutive sophomore ran for gains of 8, 9, 11, and 8 yards to shove the ball well into South territory. When the drive nearly stalled with a fourth an one at the 13, Garrett swept wide and picked up three crucial yards. QB Schmidt found a hole and ran 10 yards for the game's only score with less than five minutes to play. It took Schmidt's interception, though, of a Terre Haute South pass inside the North 20 yard line with 1:41 to go to seal the victory.
It was again the defense that gave North their next opportunity to win. Following losses to Central and Reitz, DB Rick Hathaway hauled in a Bosse pass and scooted 35 yards for a TD that would give the Huskies a 16-14 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. The offense eventually maneuvered the ball down to the Bulldog one yard line later in the quarter and was on the verge of scoring what would likely be the deciding TD. Garrett was stopped on fourth and goal at the one and Bosse then drove the length of the field for the game winner.
The spark from that long drive versus Bosse then ignited into a full burning flame for the offense as the season neared it's end. Over the next two games, Cornell Garrett would display the form that would earn him two-time All City accolades later in his career and North would outscore their opponents 63-12. Versus Terre Haute North, Garrett ran for what was then a school record 255 yards and 3 TD's. All-City kicker Brent Hawkins would convert 9 extra points in the final two contests having already set a school record with four field goals on the season.
In the season finale versus Mater Dei, a team which had already scored 50 points in a game twice this season, North would shut out the Wildcats. With Schmidt and Herr connecting on an 83 yard TD pass and Garrett providing long runs of 68 and 51 yards for scores, the Huskies were up 28-0 at half. When the game Wildcats refused to give up and made long drives in the second half, the North defense once again rose to the challenge. LB Steve Irvin forced and recovered a fumble at the North seven yard line to end one drive. When Mater Dei returned a punt 49 yards to the North 12 midway through the 4th quarter, it appeared the shut out was doomed. However, four plays later North forced the Wildcats to turn the ball over on downs at the 14.
By season's end, North had a potent offense that matched its tenacious defense and finished off with two convincing victories to raise it's total for the season to four.
DEFENSE--2 pts each for solo, cause or recover fumble, sack, int, blk kick; 1 pt each for assist and tackle for loss
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