Mud Bowl 2015: Chapel Hill slips away from Northwood

Northwood’s final game for the 2015 regular season was Friday evening in Pittsboro as they hosted the Tigers from Chapel Hill. Field conditions were not ideal and neither was the result as Northwood lost a close one 19-17.

GoodsNorthwood got on the board first with a Montel Goods 20 yard run with 3:49 on the clock in the first quarter. After Chapel Hill failed to make any progress in their possession Northwood marched the ball down the field again. However, they failed to convert on 4th down and tuned the ball back over to the Tigers.

Chapel Hill’s next drive resulted in an interception by Michael Queen with 5:00 left in the half. Penalties forced the Chargers to go backwards in this possession and they were forced to punt, and it was a good one by Kolt Jones. The Tigers again were forced to punt after a dropped pass, but the punt was mishandled by Northwood and Chapel Hill had the ball on 50 yard line. Another big defensive stand by the Chargers caused Chapel Hill to punt again but Northwood just couldn’t put anything together offensively late in the first half.

Chapel Hill’s drive just before the half ended resulted in a score by quarterback Connor Stough with four seconds left on the clock. Stough completed a couple big passes in the drive and then punched it in himself from two yards out. However, the Tigers missed the point after try and Northwood was still in business with a 7-6 lead at half.

CHThe third quarter saw the Tigers score twice on a touchdown pass to Colby Peck and a 43 yard touchdown run by Ricki McDowell and the Chapel Hill led 19-7 late in the third. Northwood did convert a fake punt pass from Kyle Jones to Michael Queen with 26 seconds left in the third quarter and the lead was cut to 19-14.

Later in the fourth Goods broke a big run down to the seven yard line, but a penalty backed them up and they had to settle for a field goal by Matt Streets with 9:24 left in the game,19-17 Chapel Hill. The Chargers score was followed by a pooch kickoff that was bobbled by Chapel Hill and recovered by Northwood on the 17 yard line and they looked to be in business. Unfortunately they could not capitalize and had to try a 40 yard field goal that was no good.

Again, the defense held and Northwood put together a drive that set up a game winning 28 yard field goal with under a minute to play in the game but were unable to convert. Chapel Hill 19, Northwood 17.

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