Northwood’s defense, ground game hold off Jordan-Matthews
One week after the Northwood passing game rewrote the school record book, the Chargers relied on the running game and special teams to win at Jordan-Matthews, 22-6, Friday night.
Coming off of 501 passing yards against Southern Lee, Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix completed less than half of his passes and was held to fewer than 140 passing yards.
Three Chargers holding penalties stalled drives, and Pinnix was sacked twice, once when the center snapped the ball when he wasn’t expecting it.
The Northwood defense stepped up, however, recording five sacks. Brian Harrington and Nitrel Evans added interceptions to keep the Jets at bay while the Northwood offense sputtered.
Northwood’s special teams also keyed the victory. Coach Bill Hall opened the game with an onside kick. Montel Good recovered for Northwood, and a 39-yard touchdown drive ended with Pinnix passing for three yards to running back Kadarus Rone in the end zone.
The Chargers added a safety when a punt backed Jordan-Matthews up to their end zone. The Northwood defense then stopped the Jets for losses on three straight running plays. On the third, LBs Elijah Washington and Jared Worley brought RB Hunter Causey down in the end zone for a 9-0 lead.
Jordan-Matthews cut the margin to 3 at the half, when Josh Hudson completed his only pass of the game, a 33-yard touchdown to Cyrus Scotton on fourth down.
Pinnix was just 5-of-16 passing for 41 yards in the second half, and the Chargers turned to Rone. After netting a total of 0 yards on the ground at halftime, Northwood topped 100 for the game with a second-half outburst from Rone.
Rone broke a 48-yard run on the Chargers’ second possession of the third quarter, taking the ball inside the 10-yard line. Rone took it the rest of the way on two carries for a touchdown. Rone averaged 8 yards a carry in the second half and topped 110 yards for the game.
The Jets’ defense focused on Jalen Smith, who had a school-record 221 yards receiving last week. Smith managed just 74 yards receiving, but he returned a punt 35 yards late in the third quarter for the final score of the game. The Northwood special teams also forced a fumble on a Jordan-Matthews punt return, recovering the ball inside the 15 yard line.
Northwood’s defense continued to throttle the Jordan-Matthews offense in the second half. After Causey had 59 yards rushing in the first half, the Chargers held him to negative yardage on the ground the rest of the way and held Jordan-Matthews to negative 10 yards after halftime.
Coach Bill Hall won his 100th game as Northwood head coach.