Tigers bounce back, beat Bangor
The Tigers weren’t going to sulk about their opening-week loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond). Instead, they came out firing against Bangor and picked up a 39-0 win.
Harry Hall again led Northwestern’s offense — at least in the relatively short time that he played — with 146 yards on 10 carries. Hall took the first play from scrimmage 76 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for the game.
Quarterback Dylan Snyder seemed to have gained confidence since his first varsity start against Notre Dame. The senior completed six of 11 passes for 51 yards and rushed for another 79 yards. Snyder commanded the offense and connected to Trevor Cunningham twice for his first two touchdown passes of the season.
“You could just see him out there, the way he was carrying himself,” said head coach Josh Snyder. “He’s a heck of an athlete. He’s a warrior. You could see what he could do out there with his legs and his arm. He threw a couple of touchdown passes, and he’s only going to get better, every single week.”
Even though Snyder’s debut at quarterback against Notre Dame didn’t go well, it provided him with valuable experience that he used to his advantage against Bangor.
“Last week helped me a little bit to get to know the offense a little more during game situations,” said Dylan Snyder. “I just felt a little more comfortable [against Bangor].”
The score could have been pushed up much higher, but coach Josh Snyder elected to go with younger players late in the first half. By that point, Northwestern was up 39-0 thanks to an explosive offense early in the game. Northwestern’s game plan was to strike early and often. The Tigers did that, scoring 29 points in the first quarter.
“That’s why we wanted the ball first,” said Dylan Snyder. “We just wanted to pound it right at them with no let up. We just wanted to pound it right away and it worked.”
With Hall getting a breather, Tyler Foster took over as the feature back for part of the game. Foster responded with 39 yards on seven carries, his first rushing yards of the season.
Northwestern’s average starting field position was its own 41-yard line. Three of the Tigers’ five first-quarter drives started in Bangor territory.
Part of the success in winning the field position advantage came from a strong defense and the other part came from the foot of kicker Brandon Miller. The senior kicker put three of his six kick offs into or through the end zone. Miller added a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter that had plenty of room to spare.
Coach Snyder was eager to see how his team would respond after the loss and he made the decision to push the players hard in practice last week to emphasize that they needed a lot of work in key areas.
“I think we responded well,” said Josh Snyder. “We challenged them all week and we were tough on them in practice. It was hot. We didn’t let up and it really worked. This game was more about us than it was about Bangor. Just looking ourselves in the mirror after a tough loss and after a long summer of preparation.”
As for where the team is right now after getting off to a 1-1 start and facing a game against Pen Argyl (0-2) next week, it will be interesting to see how far the newfound confidence carries the team’s quarterback and the rest of the team.
“Right now, I’d say we’re good; we’re not great,” said Dylan Snyder. “We definitely can improve, no matter how good we are, we always can improve.”