Northwood overwhelms Cedar Ridge, 79-28
Northwood (5-1, 1-1) was dominant on both sides of the ball, beating winless Cedar Ridge (0-6, 0-2) 79-28 on Friday.
The Chargers gained 217 yards on the ground and nearly 400 in the air, averaging more than seven and a half yards per play.
Kenton Edwards opened the game with a 70-yard kickoff return, to the Cedar Ridge 15. Edwards finished the game with touchdowns receiving and rushing. Quarterback Ti Pinnix threw a touchdown pass to John Atwater on the next play, the first offensive snap of the game, to put the Chargers on top 18 seconds in.
Pinnix was 27-of-42 passing for 342 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of work. In addition to the touchdown on the opening snap, he threw 50- and 25-yard scoring passes to Jalen Smith. Smith had eight receptions for 120 yards. Imoh Udoh added five catches for 80 yards, and nine players caught passes for the Chargers.
Northwood’s running game was just as effective. Montel Goods had 26 carries for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
The Chargers’ defense harassed Cedar Ridge quarterback Peyton Pappas all night, sacking him four times and chasing him from the pocket repeatedly. Pappas was 14-of-24 for 231 yards and an interception. He also threw touchdown passes of 51 and 20 yards to Marquez Hunter, who gained 136 yards on his four catches.
Northwood also recovered five Red Wolves’ fumbles, scoring on fumble returns by defensive lineman Jay Williams and linebacker Trent Cline.
Northwood closed the game with 21 points in the final 5:30, including a 19-yard touchdown pass by backup quarterback Jacob Fowler, as officials went to a running clock to end the contest.
Northwood hosts Webb next Friday, while Cedar Ridge travels to Orange.