Northwestern takes Soul Bowl
The Northwestern Bulls got off to a slow start against the Jackson Generals before eventually pulling away for a 34-10 win — their fourth in a row in the Soul Bowl — at Traz Powell Stadium.
“These kids know each other. They grew up with each other, so it’s going to start of sloppy on both ends,” Bulls coach Max Edwards said.
Northwestern (5-5) needed only three offensive plays to quickly turn a three-point deficit early in the second quarter into a lopsided win.
A long punt return by Kamren Kinchens set up Northwestern’s first score. After a facemask at the end of the return, the Bulls began at Jackson’s 17-yard line and handed the ball to Jacquez Stuart. The Toledo commit darted to his right, found a hole and gave Northwestern a 7-3 lead.
Another good punt return gave the Bulls the ball at the Generals’ 25. It was Isaiah Velez’s turn. The quarterback made a tough throw under pressure to running back Nathan Noel along the left sideline for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
A Ronald Delancy interception return to the goal line set up a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Jacob Baptiste. Kinchens ended the barrage with a 37-yard punt return for a touchdown.
In just 4:22, a 3-0 deficit became a 27-3 lead.
The Bulls defense handled the rest. Northwestern finished with 17 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. Miami Hurricanes commit Samuel Brooks alone logged five tackles for a loss and three sacks in the win. The Generals (5-5) finished the game with negative yardage.
Belen Jesuit 32, Pace A
7: It was supposed to be a special night Friday for outgoing Monsignor Pace coach Joe Zaccheo. And it was supposed to be a special night for the Pace Spartan seniors as it was Senior Night.
Belen Jesuit could not have cared less, jumping out to a 17-0 halftime lead and never gave Pace so much as a small opening of getting back into the game as the Wolverines beat the Spartans.
The only touchdown by Pace came with less than two minutes left when Leroy Wilson returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score. Belen held Pace to 146 yards of total offense.
“I’ve been part of this rivalry for years, and we always expect a tough, close battle, so anytime you can do what we did tonight to a great tradition program like Pace on their field and a coach like Joe Zaccheo, that’s a real credit to our kids,” Belen coach Eddie Delgado said. “We still have a really young team, only three starting seniors, so I’m really proud of the effort out there tonight.”
The win was the sixth in a row for the Wolverines (8-2), who wrapped their district up with a win over Southwest last week.
Belen junior running back Don Chaney scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers. Nicholas Gonzalez turned both of his turnovers into touchdowns, first with fumble recovery in the end zone and then with a 42yard interception return.
Cardinal Gibbons 21, A
McArthur 0: Gibbons extended its wn streak to eight consecutive games following a 21-0 victory at McArthur High on Friday. The game was called with 6:13 left in the fourth quarter because of inclement weather.
Senior running back Vincent Davis rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 4-yard score midway through the final quarter to clinch the game for the Chiefs (8-2).
James Donovan returned a blocked punt 12 yards for Gibbons’ second touchdown just 23 seconds into the second half for a 14-0 lead.
One play prior to the blocked punt, McArthur quarterback T.J. Smith just missed on a 79-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Hart.
Palmer Trinity 29,
Westminister Christian 7: Palmer Trinity won its fourth consecutive FIFC championship and improved to 9-2. Brandon Yanes finished with 200 yards on 22 carries. Kyon White-Royal led the defense with 12 tackles. Sophomore Jose Corbo had a 70 yard punt return and a receiving touchdown. Nico Casares was 12 for 15 with 135 yards and one touchdown.
Belen’s Don Chaney Jr., who scored two rushing touchdowns, gets tackled by Pace’s Thomas Willis during the first quarter of the Belen’s 32-7 victory on Friday night.