From Staff Reports
ACCIDENT — Jeremy Bender broke a 47-yard touchdown run with 9:36 left in the game to put the Northern Huskies in the win column for the first time this season, with a 14-6 victory over Clear Spring Friday night at Northern.
Bender finished the game as the game’s leading rusher with 126 yards on 15 carries. Tommy Durst, who scored the first Northern touchdown in the third quarter, rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries.
“I have to really hand it to our kids,” said Northern head coach Phil Carr. “They’ve kept playing and they keep trying hard, and I know it’s tough to do when you open a season with four games without a win. I can’t say enough about the kids and the way they’re going after it. They’re really hanging in there.”
Clear Spring got on the board first when Tyler Walling picked off a Northern pass and returned it 38 yards for the touchdown with 5:36 remaining in the half.
Trailing 7-0 entering the third quarter, Durst went in from four yards out at 1:24 and the first of two Justin Derato kicks put the Huskies up for good at 7-6.
Northern had opportunities for most the night, accounting for 345 rushing yards and 405 total, but was plagued by four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions. Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Huskies sustained a drive to the point that Bender took the ball in from 47 to ice the game for Northern.
The Huskies defense was on top of its game for the entire night, however, holding the Blazers (2-3) to 76 yards passing and 64 rushing for 140 total. Northern also recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass.
“Our defense played their (rear ends) off,” said Carr. “The six points (Clear Spring scored) were on the offense. I don’t know if Clear Spring crossed midfield more than once.”
Defensive tackle Derek Silbaugh had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. Linebacker Shawn Snyder had four tackles and a sack, while linebacker Meshach Metz had eight tackles and safety Kody Osselburn seven tackles and a half sack.
“Our kids have been working real hard and I thought they deserved to win,” said Carr. “The defense was outstanding. We shot ourselves in the foot with four four turnovers in the first half, one giving them a touchdown. We stopped ourselves; they stopped us once without us getting in our own way. But the kids kept their its about them and kept overcoming and playing hard.”
Northern (1-4) will host Hancock Friday, 7 p.m., for Homecoming.