Northwood started an untraditional night for a high school football game with a traditional 12-play drive that ended with a field goal, but the rest of the Big Eight Conference game was anything but predictable.
Northwood rolled up 397 yards of offense and picked off five passes to negate Chapel Hill’s 346 yards for a 52-33 win Thursday night at the Tigers’ Culton-Peerman Stadium.
With the victory, the Chargers improved 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Eight 3A, while Chapel Hill dropped to 7-3 and 3-2.
Among Northwood’s six touchdowns was some fancy footwork by 6-foot-1, 328-pound offense guard and defensive tackle Isaiah Washington. The Chargers were leading 11-0 on a field goal and Jared Worley’s 35-yard interception return for a pick-six when they faced a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line.
Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix handed off to Kaderus Rone running left when Washington stepped back and pulled from his guard position to run right. He took a handoff from Rone and ran around right tackle for the first score of his career.
“That felt great,” said Washington, who also contributed two sacks. “That’s something we’ve been practicing all season. I finally got a chance to show what I can do.”
The 18-0 lead midway through the first quarter turned to be the difference in the game.
Pinnix completed 12-of-24 passes for 190 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also ran for touchdowns of 4 and 2 yards.
Jalen Smith caught three passes for 54 yards with a 41-yard touchdown.
Northwood (8-2, 4-2 Big 8) showed an improved running game as Montel Goods carried 27 times for 127 yards. The Chargers finished with 41 carries for 207 yards rushing.
“Our running game is improving,” Pinnix said. “Our running backs were running hard and hitting the holes.”
Chapel Hill (7-3, 3-2) was in danger of being blown out with an 18-0 deficit, but the Tigers showed a quick-strike ability all night.
Quarterback Connor Stough was 19-of-34 for 323 yards, but he also was picked off five times as the Tigers were forced to throw to catch up.
Arkavius Parks caught seven passes for 161 yards and touchdowns of 33 and 58 yards. Albert Nyamayaro also was a big-play receiver with six receptions for 101 yards, including a touchdown on a 50-yard catch and run.