The Northland High School football team sent its homecoming crowd home happy with a 55-6 win over Centennial on Oct. 4 in a City League-North Division game.
The Vikings improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the City-North, while the Stars dropped to 3-3 and 1-2.
Quarterback Nicholas Fischer was 9-for-13 passing for 130 yards and a touchdown and running back Malcolm Marshall rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to pace the Vikings.
“We’ve got a lot of athletic dudes and that makes it hard for teams to focus on stopping just one of our players,” Northland coach Kevin Tooson said. “We tried to execute fast and our offense basically took what they gave us.”
Centennial played without starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who according to coach Donte Goosby is recovering from concussion-like symptoms, and the Stars’ managed only 37 total yards in the first half.
Cole Murray started in place of Johnson and finished 5-for-27 passing for 28 yards.
Running back Darsean Watts led Centennial’s offense with 71 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries.
“Jeremy’s clearly a huge part of our offense and an important leader for our entire team and he was missed,” Goosby said. “Jeremy was considered a 50-50 chance to play early in the week and we didn’t learn that he had to sit this one out until Wednesday. Cole stepped in and got his reps, but we needed to do a better job of executing against a team like Northland.”
The Vikings scored on the game's opening possession, capping an 11-play, 63-yard drive with a 1-yard run by running back Nateshawn Hargrove.
Northland scored on two of its next three possessions, with Marshall scoring on a 6-yard run and Fischer tossing a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sherman Watson to put the Vikings ahead 20-0 in the first quarter.
Defensive back Abu Turay returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half to give Northland a 35-0 lead.
“They were in a tough situation with their quarterback out, but give some credit to our defense because we were fast to the ball and our kids made a lot of good plays,” Tooson said.
N—Hargrove 1 run (Kaba kick)
N—Marshall 6 run (Kaba kick)
N—Watson 56 pass from Fischer (kick failed)
N—Marshall 24 run (Kaba kick)
N—Safety, ball snapped out of end zone
N—Turay 97 interception return (kick failed)
N—Cornley 5 run (Taylor pass from Fischer)
C—Watts 39 run (kick failed)
N—Marshall 50 run (pass failed)
N—Lewis 17 run (run failed)