The Northumberland Indian football team went on the road Friday a little out of their normal comfort zone in a trip to York County’s 2A Bruton High School Panthers. After struggle in the first half, they lit up the scoreboard with a 60-22 win.
Bruton has had trouble getting a football team started but did not play like it in the opening half of the game, in fact, they led twice, the first time in two years. The Panthers took the opening kickoff but were unable to move the ball and had to punt it away. Two things became apparent in the game, they could neither punt nor pass the ball effectively. Northumberland ended up with the ball inside Panther territory. Two plays later, Mason Adams found Lamont Rice in the end zone for the game’s first score, Harry Lee’s kick for the point after was blocked. Bruton unleashed a bruising ground game that rolled up nearly two hundred yards in the first half. Behind the running of their single wing, they moved the ball for their first score when Isaiah Warden crashed over from the six yard line. Elliott Sowers made the after TD kick with his brother holding. Bruton led 7-6 as the first period ended.
Northumberland responded with another 27 yard TD strike, this time an Adams to Cameron Seldon, but the two point attempted run was no good. Bruton responded with another Warden run, this one from three yards out. A two point run was good by William Corbin and the Panthers were back in the lead for the second time in their history.
The Indians came back quickly on an Adams to Derrick Smith 79 yard pass and run for the go ahead TD. Adams connected with James Slater for the two point conversion and the Indians never trailed again. An Adams to Seldon 32 yard bomb completed the scoring in the first half. This time Lee’s kick was good.
Having trouble with the Panthers running game. The Indian coaching staff made some halftime adjustments. Both Head Coach Aaron Lewis and Defensive Coordinator Mac Mothershead stated later, Northumberland was missing three defensive starters due to injury. They sent the linebackers up the gap to stop the run before it got started. The change was so successful, the Panthers were limited to just 23 yards in the third quarter.
On the other side of the ball, Adams and crew went to work. An Adams to Marcus Bromley Jr. accounted for the second halves opening score. Lee’s Kick was again blocked. Then it was Adams to Smith again for thirteen yard s, the extra point try was no good. Closing put the third period, Adams found James Slater on a twenty yards pass. Lee’s kick was good.
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