Sloppy, damp conditions created the making of an offensive struggle between Rangeview (1-6, 1-5 in conference) and Northglenn Oct. 5 at Five Star Stadium. Two scores, one before and out of halftime, …
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Sloppy, damp conditions created the making of an offensive struggle between Rangeview (1-6, 1-5 in conference) and Northglenn Oct. 5 at Five Star Stadium. Two scores, one before and out of halftime, was all the Norsemen needed to clinch their fourth win in seven tries this season, 13-7.
Despite being outgained offensively 236-212, the bend-don’t-break attack of the Northglenn (3-3 in conference) defense prevailed over the fantastic Raiders defense that won the turnover battle 2-1. Timely scores proved the difference in this slugfest.
“We’ve relied on those guys a lot this season, and this game they just stepped up hugely,” Northglenn Head Coach Matt Dean said. “We have some guys playing out of position, some new guys playing in new spots off the bench, so you have to give it young guys coming in, stepping up, and making plays. They held their own all night.”
Offensively, Rangeview took their first lead 7-0 on a 9-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 16-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Reece Berkey to senior receiver Kobe Frazier with 2:42 remaining before halftime. That lead only lasted one minute and five seconds.
After a productive kickoff return by senior Hector Ortega to put the Norsemen at the 40-yard line, the home team followed with a 5-play scoring drive spanning 60 yards to tie things at seven with 1:37 left in the second quarter. The score came from 17-yards out from senior quarterback Devin Scudder’s scamper.
The second half started the way the first half ended with another Northglenn TD. As the heavy rain began to fall, six running plays is all it took to travel 86 yards, headlined by a 58-yard sprint by Scudder to place the ball at the Rangeview 1-yard line. Two plays later, Scudder’s QB dive put the Norsemen up six.
“To drive down on the opening drive of the second half and get that first touchdown coming out of halftime was huge. Our run game wasn’t working there for a little bit, but we found a way and got the job done.”
Relying on the run in the second half, 23 of the 29 offensive snaps for Northglenn were on the ground. Scudder (103 yards on eight carries) and senior running backs Andrew Martel and JJ Gomez carried the load. Keeping the Rangeview offense on the sideline the majority of the half, the defense of the Norsemen was rested and came up in a big way late.
Rangeview had one final chance with 3:07 left. Three positive plays followed by a 30-yard reception by senior Ethan Fray had the road team in business at the 23-yard line. The Norsemen didn’t allow another yard.
Four-straight forced incompletions by Northglenn forced the turnover on downs.
Though it wasn’t pretty offensively with just 66 total yards other than the two scoring drives, Dean said he’d take it.
“Being above .500, it has been awhile. We have to take this momentum and use it next week at Westminster. I’m hoping this game will carry over.”
Northglenn will travel to face conference opponent Westminster (5-2, 5-1 in conference) at 7 p.m. Oct. 12.
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