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Blowout Win Sets Up Clash of Titans Next Week in Schuylkill/Colonial League Gold Division. @nwtigerfootball @BangorSlatersFB

Written by: on Saturday, September 25th, 2021

 

Northwestern Lehigh Explodes out of the Gate in 53-24 Romp Over Bangor
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NEW TRIPOLI- Iron Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Friday night Northwestern Lehigh Tigers came out swinging by scoring the first twenty-five points and coasted to a dominate 53-24 victory in a Schuylkill/Colonial League Gold Division contest over the Bangor Slaters.

Junior wide-receiver Cade Christopher had himself quite a night accounting for four touchdowns while piling up 99 yards rushing and receiving for the victors. He got the scoring spree going just 58 seconds in the contest by taking a hand-off 47 yards to the house on just the third play from scrimmage and a 7-0 lead with Luke Benvin’s PAT.

After the Tigers defense forced a Bangor punt, the offense went back to work going 80 yards in seven plays, capped by a 37 yard pass from Justin Holmes to Christopher to take a 15-0 lead with 6:27 left in the opening quarter as Christopher converted the two-point conversion;

The next time the Tigers had the ball they drove inside the Bangor five, but two bad snaps prevented them from cashing in for six points and had to settle for a Benvin’s 30 yard field goal and a 18-0 lead with 2:47 left.

Christopher then took a pitch and swept left, as defenders converged on him he changed directions and zipped into the end zone from 54 yards out and a 25-0 lead barely a minute into the second quarter.

Bangor finally stopped the bleeding at the 2:48 mark before half as quarterback Eric Striba scored from 19 yards out to cut the deficit to 25-6. Then on the Tigers ensuing drive, on the second play, Kael Godshalk picked up a Holmes fumble and returned it 39 yards to make the score 25-12.

Northwestern and Justin Holmes had plenty of time and three timeouts as they made use of the sidelines as Holmes matriculated the ball down field to the Slater 12 and Holmes again found Christopher who made a spectacular diving catch with just five ticks left till half. Holmes then found Ryan McDonald in the corner of the end zone for the conversion making it 33-12 at intermission.

Bangor got the ball to start the second half but could not muster anything and punted back to the Tigers, were Holmes went to work by calling his own number and darting in for a 26 yard score with 5:29 left in the third quarter, extending the lead to 40-12. The signal-caller picked up 94 yards rushing while completing 12 of 21 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

Bangor needed just 4 plays on their next drive to find the end zone as running back Ashton Kluska scored from six yards out to make it 40-18 at the 3:13 mark.

Dalton Clymer scored for Northwestern with 11:02 left in the contest to make it 46-18. Northwestern wasn’t quite finished lighting up the scoreboard when Taylor Wikert split the defense for a 44 yard score and a 53-18 lead.

Slater back-up quarterback Gregory Campbell closed out the scoring with a one yard dive late in the fourth quarter.

Northwestern(5-0 overall 4-0 division) Ranked 6th in the state by pafootballnews.com will meet Wilson Area Warriors(5-0, 4-0) next Saturday afternoon. Wilson defeated Southern Lehigh Friday night 42-14. Bangor(3-2) will host Saucon Valley(2-3, 1-2) next Friday. The Panthers defeated Blue Mountain last night 35-14.

Here is what Cade Christopher’s thought about his team’s performance Friday night:

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