1997 NHS Season Statistics
Evansville Courier & Press Newspapers ALL CITY/METRO Selections
|Aug. 22||Evansville Bosse||Win 25-22|
|Aug. 29||Henderson County (Ky.)||Loss 26-42|
|Sep. 6||Evansville Harrison||Loss 0-65|
|Sep. 12||Evansville Mater Dei||Loss 14-42|
|Sep. 19||Castle||Loss 7-17|
|Sep. 26||Evansville Memorial||Loss 27-44|
|Oct. 3||Evansville Reitz||Loss 14-31|
|Oct. 10||Louisville Fern Creek (Ky.)||Loss 29-42|
|Oct. 17||Evansville Central||Loss 6-37|
|Oct. 24||Jeffersonville||Win 21-20|
|Oct. 31||Evansville Harrison||Loss 7-48|
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The ’97 season represented a true ‘changing of the guard’ for North. All holdovers from the ’95 club that won the Semi-State were gone. This season’s team would be build around blazing team speed and a rare ‘second year starter’ sophomore quarterback. The speed would be apparent throughout the season, but so would a continuing issue with fumble-itis that would doom any chance of success.
When a fuse blew in a transformer during the first quarter of the season opener with Bosse, it delayed the game for over half-an-hour. The delay wouldn’t slow down the Huskies, however, as they found a new back to hand the ball to. Speedburner DeAngelo “Dee” Clardy racked up 153 yards and two touchdowns on just 9 carries. The Bulldogs retained a solid core from the previous season’s winning ball club and battled North throughout the evening. It took DB Kris Sutton’s interception with 37 seconds to play to seal the 25-22 victory for the Huskies.
Against Henderson County, miscues determined the outcome. Despite QB Courtney Campbell’s 216 yards passing and 3 TD’s (one a 40 yard toss to HB Ashur Hall), North couldn’t overcome two first quarter fumbles and an amazing four punts that were either blocked or partially blocked.
Fumbling on their first possession, North sustained the worst defeat in school history against Harrison 65-0 in week 3. The losing streak would continue for weeks as the Huskies endured injuries to both kickers against Mater Dei and played without their starting quarterback for most of the Castle loss.
When RB’s Ashur Hall and Dee Clardy got the offense off to a rocket start against Memorial it appeared the losing streak would end. Clardy ran for his third 100 yard game of the season and Hall had the best game of his career with 173 yards and 3 scores. With three second quarter touchdown, the Huskies took a 21-17 lead into halftime. A revitalized Tiger Team appeared after the break and North lost 44-27.
A powerful Reitz club held the Huskies to just 57 yards rushing in week seven and perennial Louisville powerhouse Fern Creek (ranked 10th in Kentucky’s highest class) won a shoot out against North.
Against Fern Creek the explosive speed that North came to be known for was apparent as RB Clardy repeatedly broke through the line or around the end for long scores. He gained 154 yards on just 8 carriers including touchdown runs of 71 and 33 yards. Ashur Hall found daylight as well and broke off a 40 yard TD run. In the end, too many weapons on the part of the Tigers told the story as Fern Creek won 42-29.
Coming off an embarrassing loss against Central, few gave the Huskies a chance in the Sectional against 7-2 Jeffersonville. The offense, which had been non-existent against Central and only able to score on lightning strikes against Fern Creek, suddenly found its stride and put together not one, not two, but three long drives for touchdowns. The three drives (58, 79, and 80 yards respectively) ate up the clock and kept the Red Devils off the field. Disaster nearly struck when the Huskies committed a fourth quarter fumble deep in their own territory that allowed Jeffersonville a late touchdown. The Red Devils’ kicker missed the extra point and North advanced to the second round of the Sectionals.
Unfortunately, the opponent was 7th ranked Harrison and the outcome was much the same as week 3. The Huskies, however, were learning from their playoff experience and the lessons would come in to play in ’98.
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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