Falcons find their groove in second half, soar past Wildcats
Reginald Lewis shuts down Northwestern offense, puts up 21 points after the break
Reginald Lewis faced Northwestern on Friday for what amounted to the City Division II championship game between undefeated football teams.
The Wildcats lost their perfect record under a pile of second half points.
The host Falcons outscored Northwestern 21-0 after the break en route to a 35-6 win. Alfonzo Graham led Reginald Lewis (7-0, 5-0) with 81 rushing yards and an interception return for a touchdown.
“My message [at the half ] to them was to keep fighting, and that we had to finish,” Falcons coach Elwood Townsend said.
Reginald Lewis went into the half with a 14-6 lead on the strength of two touchdowns by Shamal Webb (one on a 72-yard kickoff return and one on a 7-yard run), but the Falcons had trouble stopping the Wildcats when they had the ball.
The Falcons looked like a different team in the second half. The defense became much more aggressive, holding Northwestern (6-1, 5-1) to minus-7 yards on the first offensive series of the half.
After getting the ball back, Lewis needed just five plays to increase the lead. Malik Green carried most of the load on the drive, running for 19 yards to get the ball to the Northwestern 15-yard line. He ran for a score on the next play to give the Falcons a 22-6 lead with 4:33 left in the third quarter.
Lewis put the game away on the next Northwestern possession. As the Wildcats set up to pass at their 10, quarterback David Medlin’s pass was tipped by a receiver at the 15-yard line. It landed in the hands of Graham at the 18. Graham eluded a defender then ran untouched into the end zone to increase the lead to 28-6 with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
The Falcons closed the scoring with a 2-yard run from senior quarterback Dariun Miller with 5:43 left in the game.
Miller said it was great to win but that the Falcons still have some work to do.
“We came out and did what we were supposed to do,” Miller said, “but we didn’t play well all four quarters. That’s something we need to work on going forward.”