Tigers win second in a row
The Northwestern football team racked up over 350 yards of total offense against Pen Argyl and the defense delivered its second straight shutout as the Tigers rolled to a 37-0 win over the Green Knights last Friday night at The Jungle.
The win puts Northwestern at 2-1 on the season and drops Pen Argyl to 0-3.
Quarterback Dylan Snyder continues to show increasing confidence and leadership for the Tigers offense, going 9-for-12 in passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Both touchdown passes were to Dylan Lobach, who finished the night with three catches for 79 yards.
In week two, Snyder’s favorite target was Trevor Cunningham, who Pen Argyl seemed to key on throughout the game. That opened up opportunities for Lobach. Cunningham doesn’t care who Snyder is throwing to, he’s just happy to see the team getting stronger each week.
“We have great team chemistry,” said Cunningham. “We work hard at practice and we’re getting stuff done. Everybody has a job on this team and we all just get our job done.”
Both teams had some trouble holding onto the football, with Pen Argyl losing the ball three of the four times that they fumbled and Northwestern fumbling three times and losing the ball twice. The two teams basically handed the ball back-and-forth on back-to-back plays.
Northwestern led 23-0 at the half and opened that lead up quickly in the second half, thanks to Brett Schillinger, who returned the opening kick-off of the half 85 yards for a touchdown. Brandon Miller added the extra point to give Northwestern a 30-0 lead.
The final nail in the coffin came when Snyder hit Lobach for a 24-yard TD pass and the extra point made it 37-0.
Running back Harry Hall rushed for 100 yards, while Snyder chipped in with 44 yards rushing.
Of the 100 yards that Harry Hall gained on the ground, 58 of them came on his final four carries of the game. Pen Argyl’s defense kept Hall contained early, but he started to break through as the game went on and finished with runs of 20 and 21 yards.
The Northwestern defense has now gone eight quarters without allowing a point. It also have allowed a combined total of just 218 yards in the last two games.
Even though Northwestern lost a lot of key seniors to graduation, the offensive and defensive lines have a number of returning players and are making big plays.
The defense was also helped by the return of Teagen Golden. Golden is known for his big play-making skills and came up with several big stops on defense.
“They’re a veteran bunch,” said head coach Josh Snyder. “They’ve played a lot of football for us. Our line really picked it up, both offensively and defensively and made it very tough for them in the trenches.”
Northwestern had a two-point conversion fail after one of its touchdowns, but kicker Brandon Miller hit on all four of his extra point attempts, and for the second week in a row, hit a 24-yard field goal that cleared the uprights with plenty of room to spare.
The Tigers now hit the road for a couple of weeks, playing a Saturday afternoon game at Wilson this week. The Warriors are off to an 0-3 start to the season.