Indians infuse fans with 42-8 win
The Northumberland Indians home football season kicked off with a big bang last Friday with a 42-8 thumping of Northampton. The Indians unleashed a crushing offensive attack that put the home fans into a frenzy. Scoring almost at will, the guys of the green and gold rolled up seven touchdowns on their way to the lopsided win.
Stopping the Yellow Jackets on their opening possession, the Indians rolled 75 yards in just six plays with Daryl Smith punching over from the two-yard line.
Tyler Costley, of Northumberland, helped the Indians earn their first win of the season.
The drive was given a blast of momentum by a 40-yard burst by Ameer Veney. The try for the extra point by kick was no good, They quickly scored again when Daquan Blue found Veney behind the Jackets secondary for a 37 yard scoring strike. The run for the two points was stopped short. The second quarter of play was more of the same with Blue scampering 28-yards for a score on their first play of the quarter. Once again the PAT kick was no good. Then Tyler Costley got into the scoring parade on a 15-yard run that capped a three play, 47-yard drive.
After halftime, the difference in the two teams became very obvious. Northampton’s blocking completely broke down and their running backs continually found Northumberland defenders in their face as soon as they got the ball. Linebackers Trevor Cantrell, Dakota Galvez, and Philip Harrison made numerous stops behind the line of scrimmage. Galvez and Keith Fisher had sacks, Alex Baughan recovered a fumble and Costley broke up a pass. Cantrell seemed to be everywhere with a real nose for the football, contributing several tackles for losses.
The offense didn’t slack up either with two more third period touchdowns and one in the final quarter, of play. On the first play from scrimmage after the second half kick off, it was Blue again off to the races. This run covered 43 yards. Later in that quarter, Costley got his second of the night, this one on a nine yard run. Costley added the final touchdown of the evening for the Indians on a weaving 35 yard run in the final few minutes of play. All three tries of the point after were unsuccessful.
Northampton got on the scoreboard with under two minutes to play when the Northumberland coaching staff was substituting freely. Deshawn Beckett hit Ryan Outten on a 65-yard pass. Solomon Owen ran in the two-point conversion.
Daquan Blue led the rushing attack for the Indians with 88-yards in six attempts including two touchdowns. Ameer Veney had 40-yards in one attempt, Tyler Costley was credited with 38 yards on four carries and three touchdowns. Darryl Smith picked up 15-yards in seven carries and also scored a touchdown. Blue threw five passes, completed three for 82-yards and a score. Zach Kent completed his only pass attempt for 40 yards. Veney caught three passes for 82-yards and a touchdown. James Weldon caught one pass for 40-yards.
“Definitely a good win for us, a confidence builder,” said Coach Brian Hann of his first win as head coach. “We came out on our first drive and got a score. Then the defense held, definitely a good win.” Hann pointed to the attitude of the team prior to the game, “In five years, I’ve never seen them more focused.” He noted, “The next four games will be crucial for playoff implications.”