Tigers tame Bangor
BANGOR — In a game that featured more penalties than it did passes, the Northwestern Tigers rode home from Bangor with a 29-21 win over the Slaters.
The win puts Northwestern at 4-1, with just an overtime loss to Palisades on their record as teams reached the halfway point of the season. The two teams were flagged for 23 penalties, while the two quarterbacks combined to throw 22 passes.
The penalties put a damper on the win for Northwestern coach Josh Snyder, who spent the week running his team through extra conditioning drills as a reminder to focus on cutting down on mistakes that cost them yardage. Northwestern was flagged for 14 penalties, resulting in 141 yards.
“We had a couple of interference calls and a couple calls for chop blocks, and that’s not the style of game that we play,” said Snyder. “I’m not going to put the blame on anybody, it wasn’t the officials or anything, it was our guys just not focusing and staying in control.”
Bangor was flagged for 74 yards on nine penalties in the game.
Deven Bollinger may have found a new favorite target as he focused on getting the ball to Justin Rodda, who caught all five of the junior quarterback’s passes for a total of 106 yards.
Rodda pulled in a pass down the middle of the field for 45 yards on the Tigers first possession of the game, finally being pulled down from behind at the 1-yard line. One play later, Nick Henry, who missed last week’s game with a shoulder injury, went in for the first score of the game.
“I had a post and was able to beat my guy and ran for the end zone,” said Rodda of the big play.
The momentum went back-and-forth throughout the game with Bangor coming right back after Northwestern’s scoring drive to tie the game 7-7.
Next it was the Tigers’ turn as they took 4:36 off the clock with an 11-play drive capped by a 5-yard run by Bollinger to go up 14-7. Northwestern went up 22-7 when they took over on downs at the end of the first quarter and Henry went in from a yard out for the second of his three touchdowns on the night. Snyder elected to go for two and Bollinger hit Derek Holmes in the end zone to convert.
After Bangor cut into Northwestern’s lead late in the third quarter, making it a 29-21 game, Northwestern’s next drive stalled at their own 40. Henry booted a punt that rolled toward the front corner of the end zone and went out at the one for a 59-yard punt.
On the ensuing drive, Bangor fumbled the ball giving the Tigers a first-and-10 at the Slaters 47-yard line. Henry later delivered a 52-yard punt to pin Bangor at their own 14.
“It was a big win for us,” said Snyder. “I’m not happy about some of the details but we’re 4-1 at the midway point and that’s not a bad situation for us, so I’m happy about that.”
KICK IT GOOD ... The Tigers have dueling punters. Bollinger and Henry split the punting chores depending on the field position. Snyder pointed out that Henry is better at a rugby style kick that works well from the right hash-mark. At other points from the field he will go with Bolliinger, who is a more standard-type kicker.
PERFECTION ... Place-kicker Connor de Wit remained perfect on extra points this season, going three-for-three, giving him 19 straight extra-point kicks. He did come up just short on a 28-yard field goal attempt.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN ... Northwestern is on the road at Palmerton next week before heading home to Tiger Stadium the following week for homecoming.