Cavs fall to Northwood

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:33 AM

Northwood pulled away in the second half to beat Southern Lee, 56-31, on Friday night and move to 2-0 on the season.

Junior wide receiver Jalen Smith had 164 receiving yards on seven catches in the first half, outgaining the Southern Lee offense by more than 30 yards. He finished the night with 216 yards on nine catches, with three touchdowns.

Smith has five of Northwood’s seven receiving touchdowns on the season and has accounted for more than half the receiving yards in the Chargers’ new spread offense.

Running back Kadarus Rone added more than 200 all-purpose yards to help pace the Northwood offense. Rone had only five rushes for six yards at the half, but he averaged more than 10 yards a rush in the second half, scoring two touchdowns on a pair of one-yard plunges early in the third quarter as Northwood put the game out of reach.

Rone also had 95 yards on kickoff returns and had more than 150 yards receiving, capped by a 90-yard touchdown catch with 2:32 remaining in the game.

Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix had more than 500 passing yards. In addition to the 90-yard strike to Rone, Pinnix hit Smith for a 75-yard touchdown strike for the first score of the game.

Southern Lee, which struggled to move the ball consistently against the Northwood defense, stayed in the game in the first half with special teams. Linebacker Conner Showalter rushed for 23 yards on a fake punt to keep a drive alive, and WR Damien Brown blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone to put the Cavaliers on the board with a safety.

On the next possession, Southern Lee quarterback Emond Caldwell threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Blockman to give the Cavs a 9-7 lead. After getting nine points in 59 seconds in the first half, the Cavaliers scored on an 80-yard pass from Caldwell to Blockman on their first play of the second half.

Caldwell’s receivers had 10 drops on the night, however, and Northwood’s Jared Worley had two interceptions to thwart any hopes of a Southern Lee comeback.

Southern Lee drops to 1-1 on the season. The Cavaliers travel to St. Paul’s next week. Northwood takes its 2-0 record to Jordan-Matthews on Sept. 6.