ELNORA — North Daviess found a new opponent this year on the gridiron for Week 7 in Rock Creek Academy, and the Cougars were more than ready for the Lions in a 72-0 romp over the visitors from Sellersburg.
The offense went to work right away when sophomore Zo Jeffers took off for a 51 yard carry into the red zone. The play was a sign of fortuitous things to come as junior Josh Krusenklaus and senior Homecoming King, Ted Lamson, would begin a personal scoring barrage. Lamson toted twice from 5 and 17 yards and hauled in a pass from 20 yards for a trio of touchdowns while Kruse snatched two TD receptions from 25 and 20 yards.
With a 36-0 lead after the first period of play, junior quarterback Tanner Reed continued to throw the ball well through the air. After a week off in concussion protocol, Reed added to his touchdown pass total when he found sophomore, Hunter Fine, for a 33 yard TD pass. Dante Hopkins provided a rushing touchdown, back-up QB, Jack Townsend, hit classmate Kirk Wagler with a TD throw, and senior second- stringer, Skylar Cissell, ended the half with a scoop-and-a-score as the scoreboard read 66-0 at intermission.
With a running clock in the second half, senior linebacker, Matthew Keith, found himself in the backfield behind Townsend; the senior cradled the pigskin and crossed the pylons for the game’s final score. Besides the ten North Daviess touchdowns, the hosts also tallied six conversions that were good for two points each to account for the final point total. Freshman Austin Webster had a couple of completed passes for points to Fine, Jeffers tossed one to Wagler, Hopkins rushed twice across the goal line, and another senior lineman, Chase Webster, added the final one via the run.
Head coach Trent Fine used a variety of schemes and player personnel throughout the contest, and of course, the Cougar defense played very well on their home turf at Thurman H. Brown Field with the shutout. Fine remarked, “We were efficient tonight. Our kids kept their heads; overall, I thought the kids played well. I got some kids in and some others played in different positions, but their kids played hard too. Number 5 is an athlete and a nice player for them. Our defense played well and got back on track. We’ve got a chance to win a conference next week, and we will do our best to be ready.”
After a night of royalty with Lamson, and ND football Homecoming queen, Ashley Knepp, ND (5-2) stays at home next Friday night as they host a very good 4-3 North Knox outfit. The Warriors enter Cougar Valley coming off a couple of tough losses to 3A Vincennes Lincoln, 12-6, and 2A Linton-Stockton last night, 28-13. Their other loss was also to a 3A school, 15-12 at Sullivan in week one. Game time for Friday’s night affair is 7 p.m. The grades 3-8 youth programs for ND Football will be honored at half.