North Football Has a Bounce Back Week

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Caden Brannan, Reporter

Belvidere North started their season August 24 on the road against Boylan. After making a long run in the playoffs last season North was hoping to carry the momentum into week one. With three new starters in the offensive backfield there was a lot of excitement about how they would produce in the game. Holden Paddock (‘20) came in to replace Callahan Dierks at quarterback, while Josh Triplett (‘20) and Elliot Powers (‘20) stepped into starting running back positions. Senior running back Clay Davis was the lone returning starter at running back from last year. The defense has a lot of returning experience from last year. Ian Noel (‘19) and Joey Paddock (‘19) are both returning linebackers from last year’s playoff team. Elliot Powers (‘20) is also starting at corner for North’s defense. While Nat Williams (‘19) is the lone returner on the defensive line.

North went into week one with a lot of excitement to see how the new team would gel with each other. Boylan received the ball to start the game and marched down the field for a touchdown. North wasn’t able to put any points on the board for their first drive, but they were able to bounce back and stop Boylan on the next drive. Each team scored again to make the score 14-7 with less than two minutes left in the first half. Boylan set up their offense with great field position after they returned the kickoff to the 20 yard line. North was unable to keep them out of the endzone before halftime and North was down 21-7 at half. North was able to put one more touchdown on the board, but Boylan’s running game was too much for North’s defense in the second half. North ended up losing 34-14 in their week one matchup with Boylan.

After the week one loss North was looking to have a bounceback game against Jefferson. With a week of preparation for the J-Hawks, North came in prepared for the game. On the first drive of the game North marched the ball down the field for a touchdown. North dominated most of the first half but jefferson was able to capitalize on a few big plays and score a touchdown in the first half. Although North was able to control most of the first half, they were only up 14-6 at halftime. Jefferson got the ball to start the second half and scored on their first drive. After that North controlled both sides of the ball and ended up winning 42-18.

North is trying to improve to 2-1 next week against cross town rival Belvidere.