OAKLAND CITY —When the dust cleared from the North Daviess Cougars’ first-half mauling of the outmanned Wood Memorial Trojans Friday night, Ryan Webster had 145 of the 278 yards he needed entering the game to grab the ND career rushing record. He also had three touchdowns. Dalton Sellers and Jess Tribby each had a pair of touchdowns and Jano Davis had turned in a scoring run.
All that first-half damage and Wood Memorial’s five first-half turnovers equaled a 63-0 halftime score, en route to a 69-8 dismantling of the host Trojans. It also meant an entire second half for Cougars Coach Scott Helms to utilize lots of players who had been looking for playing time.
The Class A No. 6 Cougars got on the board almost immediately. Junior Aaron Graber picked off a Wood Memorial pass and returned the ball all the way to the North Daviess 5-yard line. Webster picked up a few yards to get near the goal line and then carried the ball in from two yards out.
Sophomore Brandt Lawyer took the ball around the right side and in for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 North Daviess with 10:11 left in the opening quarter.
Bad turned to horrendous for the host Trojans at that point.
The Cougars (6-1) got the ball back when Wood Memorial turned it over on downs and engineered a drive that included a 33-yard run by Webster in which he actually ran horizontally across the field at one point to create an open route. Quarterback Davis finished off the drive by carrying it in from 21 yards out. Davis then kicked the extra point to extend the North Daviess advantage to 15-0 at the 3:54 mark.
On the first play from scrimmage for the Trojans (0-7), Wood Memorial fumbled and Tribby scooped up the loose ball to run it in from 24 yards out. The two-point conversion was successful for the Cougars and they enjoyed a 23-0 lead just seconds later.
With 90 seconds still remaining in the first, Webster broke free for a 39-yard romp on the first snap after Wood Memorial had to punt it away yet again. Two plays later, Sellers powered his way in for the Cougars’ fourth early touchdown of the evening. The point-after was dead on and North Daviess stretched it out to 30-0.
Webster loped into the end zone yet again from 23 yards out early in the second quarter to continue North Daviess’ first-half assault and stake the Cougars to a 37-0 lead with just over 10:00 remaining before halftime.
Sophomore Drew Harkness put a dagger in the Trojans’ hearts on the next Wood Memorial possession when he intercepted a pass and set up Sellers to get half a dozen yards before Davis went 43 yards for another touchdown run. The extra-point was blocked but North Daviess had 43 points on the board with over 9:00 to play in the half.
The Trojans fumbled the Cougars’ squib kick and North Daviess recovered the ball in the scramble. The Wood Memorial turnover eventually led to Webster taking it to just short of the goal line yet again. Two plays later, he made it 49-0 with his third TD run of the game. The point-after was good to position the Cougars at the half-way-to-100-points, with almost 5:00 to go.
Tribby turned in a 67-yard punt return for yet another touchdown and the Cougars’ 56th point near the 2:30 point. The extra-point was no good.
A fumble – the Trojans’ fifth turnover of the first half – gave North Daviess a chance to add to the beat-down.
Sellers did just that two plays later when he ran the ball in from the 23 yard line for his second score. With 65 seconds left, the Cougars led 63-0, and the clock expired on the half a few seconds later.
After the break — and with the game clock running continuously — Isaiah Swartzentruber snapped off a long touchdown run for the Cougars to extend the advantage to 69-0, just seconds into the half. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful.
Wood Memorial threatened for the first time just after the fourth quarter unfolded.
With the North Daviess defense comprised of reserve and junior varsity personnel, the Trojans finally got on the board when Nick Powers hauled in a pass in the end zone. The 2-point conversion was good to cut the lead to 69-8.