Bolts fall to Hilliard Darby


By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



<p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><strong>Avery Miliner (5) swings to the left side after taking the hand off from quarterback Chris Timmons.</strong>

Avery Miliner (5) swings to the left side after taking the hand off from quarterback Chris Timmons.


Photo by Kathy Tyler

Northmont quarterback Chris Timmons keeps the ball and picks up a first down.


Photo by Kathy Tyler

Northmont’s Nick Boyd (84) swings to the left and comes up just short of the goal line. The next play, Northmont scores to take the lead in the second quarter.


Photo by Kathy Tyler

Hilliard Darby quarterback Nick Powers dives over the Northmont defensive line for the touchdown.


Photo by Kathy Tyler

The student cheering section dressed in black for the season opening game against Hilliard Darby at Good Samaritan Stadium.


Photo by Kathy Tyler

Team Stat Comparison

Hilliard Darby/Northmont

1st Downs 25 / 9

Total Yards 312 / 138

Passing Completions 2 / 5

Passing Attempts 4 / 9

Passing Yards 16 / 27

Passing Average 4.0 / 3.0

Rushing Attempts 59 / 32

Rushing Yards 296 / 111

Rushing Average 5.0 / 3.5

3rd Down Efficiency 7-12 / 3-10

4th Down Efficiency 3-3 / 2-4

Penalties 3-13 / 2-20

Turnovers 1 / 1

Possession 30:43 / 17:17

Hilliard Darby Stats
PASSING
CP/ATYDSAVGTDINT
NICK POWERS2/4164.000
RUSHING
ATTYDSAVGLGTD
KYLE COLVIN241265.3141
NICK POWERS21864.1141
RICHIE PALSGROVE10606.0161
TONY SANTOS3186.0120
JAKE SCHNEIDER166.060
Team592965.0163
RECEIVING
RECYDSAVGLGTD
KYLE COLVIN155.050
BRAEDEN HOOK11111.0110
Team2168.0110
KICKING
FGPCTLNGXPPTS
BLAKE SAWICKI0/00.003/33
PUNTING
NOYDSAVGTB-20LNG
NICK POWERS25226.00126
KICKOFF RETURNS
NOYDSAVGLNGTD
WILLIE LEWIS III122.020
FUMBLES
FFFRTD
MO DEBYAN100
CHRISTOPHER SCHULTZ010
Team110
DEFENSE
TACKLES
SOLOASTTOTSACK
MO DEBYAN4480.5
CHRISTOPHER SCHULTZ0660.5
JONTE PETERSON5380.0
WILLIE LEWIS III3580.0
THOMAS SCHOLL4370.0
JACOB HUFF1341.0
MASON SCHMELING2350.0
BRAEDEN HOOK1230.0
BRANDON NICOL2020.0
JUSTIN TYE0220.0
BLAKE SAWICKI1010.0
TONY SANTOS1010.0
Team2431552.0
Northmont Stats
PASSING
CP/ATYDSAVGTDINT
Chris Timmons

5/9273.000
RUSHING
ATTYDSAVGLGTD
Avery Miliner

14282.061
Donavin Wallace

9637.0250
Chris Timmons

5-5-1.050
Jabari Perkins

3124.060
Nick Boyd

11313.0130
Team321113.5251
RECEIVING
RECYDSAVGLGTD
Avery Miliner

4205.0120
Nick Boyd

177.070
Team5275.4120
KICKING
FGPCTLNGXPPTS
Nick Winchester

0/00.001/11
KICKOFF RETURNS
NOYDSAVGLNGTD
Jabari Perkins

38026.7370
Donavin Wallace

188.080
Team48822.0370
FUMBLES
FFFRTD
Dominic Wilson

010
Chuck Saul

100
Team110
DEFENSE
TACKLES
SOLOASTTOTSACK
James Abrams

76130.0
Chuck Saul

47110.0
Jimi Saul

65110.0
Austin Kossoudji

2680.0
Cameron Rucker

4370.0
Prince Benson

1560.0
Cameron Reaman

4040.0
Brandt Cronebach

1340.0
Jake Monnin

1340.0
Dominic Wilson

2020.0
Devin Kenerly

1230.0
Chane Prysock

0220.0
Christian Wilson

1120.0
Alex Birt

0220.0
Jeremiah Shepherd

0220.0
Isaiah Stanford

1010.0
Team3547820.0

CLAYTON — Hilliard Darby used a punishing ground game to grind out a 21-7 come from behind victory Friday over Northmont.

The two teams battled to a scoreless first quarter but Northmont cracked the scoreboard first on a 2 yard run by Avery Miliner. Nick Winchester added the extra-point to give Northmont the lead, 7-0. The scoring drive was set up by a fumble by Darby quarterback Nick Powers with Dominic Wilson recovering the loose ball at the Northmont 48 yard line. The Thunderbolts engineered a seven play, 52 yard drive to take the lead.

The Panthers answered with a 15 play, 80 yard drive capped by a 1 yard run by Powers and a Blake Sawicki kick to tie the game 7-7 with 5:35 remaining in the first half.

The Panthers’ running game would prove to be the difference. Darby amassed 296 yards on the ground on 59 plays to control the clock. Darby held the advantage in time of possession 30:43 to 17:17.

Northmont kicked off to open the second half and forced Darby to punt, but the Thunderbolts coughed the ball up on a fumble with the Panthers taking over at Northmont’s 46 yard line. Darby engineered a 10 play, 46 yard drive capped by a 1 yard touchdown run by Richie Palsgrove, who got flipped into the end zone on the play by an almost great tackle. Sawicki’s kick put Darby up 14-7 with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter.

Northmont couldn’t sustain a drive on its next possession and Darby capitalized by engineering another clock killing drive. Northmont’s punt sailed into the end zone and the Panthers marched 80 yards in 14 plays to take 7 minutes and nine seconds off the clock to score the final touchdown of the game. Running back Kyle Colvin scored on a three yard run with 6:56 remaining to put Hilliard Darby up 21-7.

Northmont had a chance to cut in the lead when Jabari Perkins returned the kickoff 37 yards to the Thunderbolts’ 47 yard line to set up the Bolts with great field position. Timmons threw a deep pass that just missed being complete on first down. On fourth down and 12 the Darby defense sacked Timmons to take over on downs. Darby drove to Northmont’s 4 yard line as time expired to walk away with the 21-7 win.

Overall, the Thunderbolts played extremely well against the state’s top ranked Division II school.

“I told the team, Hilliard Darby is a very, very good football program, not just a great team, but a great program,” said Northmont Coach Tony Broering. “They have been in the playoffs the last three or four years and this was a tough, hard fought game. We made a mistake in the third quarter that you can’t make against a good team. You open the door for them and they are just going to pound it into the end zone.”

When asked if Darby’s attack featuring a slew of strong runners caught his team off guard, Broering stated, “It wasn’t so much that they caught us off guard, they are just so good at what they do. We prepped and prepped and prepped and our defensive staff is outstanding. They did a great job and had the kids ready for everything that they could throw at us. The thing is, Nick Powers, their quarterback is very good and they have a couple other really, really good football players. That’s why I went out of my way to go over and talk to their team and tell them how good they are. They might beat Hilliard Davidson next Friday. They could run the table this year.”

Despite the loss, Broering was happy with how his team performed against such a formidable opponent.

“I am very proud of the boys,” Broering said. “Like I told them all summer, I want to win but the scoreboard is not the most important thing. The most important thing is that we represent the school and the community and their families and Northmont High School the right way, and that’s what they did tonight. They played hard, they played clean, they played their hearts out and I am proud of them.”

Next Friday the Thunderbolts will face another tough opponent when they host Fairfield, another big tough team.

Scoring Summary

2nd Quarter

11:49 Northmont: Avery Miliner 2 yard run for touchdown. Nick Winchester kick. 7-0

5:35 Darby: Nick Powers 1 yard run. Blake Sawicki kick. 7-7

3rd Quarter

5:08 Darby Richie Palsgrove 1 yard run. Blake Sawicki kick. 14-7

4th Quarter

6:56 Darby Kyle Colvin3 yard run. Blake Sawicki kick. 21-7

Avery Miliner (5) swings to the left side after taking the hand off from quarterback Chris Timmons.

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Avery Miliner (5) swings to the left side after taking the hand off from quarterback Chris Timmons. Photo by Kathy Tyler

Northmont quarterback Chris Timmons keeps the ball and picks up a first down.

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Northmont quarterback Chris Timmons keeps the ball and picks up a first down. Photo by Kathy Tyler

Northmont’s Nick Boyd (84) swings to the left and comes up just short of the goal line. The next play, Northmont scores to take the lead in the second quarter.

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Northmont’s Nick Boyd (84) swings to the left and comes up just short of the goal line. The next play, Northmont scores to take the lead in the second quarter. Photo by Kathy Tyler

Hilliard Darby quarterback Nick Powers dives over the Northmont defensive line for the touchdown.

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Hilliard Darby quarterback Nick Powers dives over the Northmont defensive line for the touchdown. Photo by Kathy Tyler

The student cheering section dressed in black for the season opening game against Hilliard Darby at Good Samaritan Stadium.

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The student cheering section dressed in black for the season opening game against Hilliard Darby at Good Samaritan Stadium. Photo by Kathy Tyler

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Team Stat Comparison

Hilliard Darby/Northmont

1st Downs 25 / 9

Total Yards 312 / 138

Passing Completions 2 / 5

Passing Attempts 4 / 9

Passing Yards 16 / 27

Passing Average 4.0 / 3.0

Rushing Attempts 59 / 32

Rushing Yards 296 / 111

Rushing Average 5.0 / 3.5

3rd Down Efficiency 7-12 / 3-10

4th Down Efficiency 3-3 / 2-4

Penalties 3-13 / 2-20

Turnovers 1 / 1

Possession 30:43 / 17:17

Hilliard Darby Stats
PASSING
CP/AT YDS AVG TD INT
NICK POWERS 2/4 16 4.0 0 0
RUSHING
ATT YDS AVG LG TD
KYLE COLVIN 24 126 5.3 14 1
NICK POWERS 21 86 4.1 14 1
RICHIE PALSGROVE 10 60 6.0 16 1
TONY SANTOS 3 18 6.0 12 0
JAKE SCHNEIDER 1 6 6.0 6 0
Team 59 296 5.0 16 3
RECEIVING
REC YDS AVG LG TD
KYLE COLVIN 1 5 5.0 5 0
BRAEDEN HOOK 1 11 11.0 11 0
Team 2 16 8.0 11 0
KICKING
FG PCT LNG XP PTS
BLAKE SAWICKI 0/0 0.0 0 3/3 3
PUNTING
NO YDS AVG TB -20 LNG
NICK POWERS 2 52 26.0 0 1 26
KICKOFF RETURNS
NO YDS AVG LNG TD
WILLIE LEWIS III 1 2 2.0 2 0
FUMBLES
FF FR TD
MO DEBYAN 1 0 0
CHRISTOPHER SCHULTZ 0 1 0
Team 1 1 0
DEFENSE
TACKLES
SOLO AST TOT SACK
MO DEBYAN 4 4 8 0.5
CHRISTOPHER SCHULTZ 0 6 6 0.5
JONTE PETERSON 5 3 8 0.0
WILLIE LEWIS III 3 5 8 0.0
THOMAS SCHOLL 4 3 7 0.0
JACOB HUFF 1 3 4 1.0
MASON SCHMELING 2 3 5 0.0
BRAEDEN HOOK 1 2 3 0.0
BRANDON NICOL 2 0 2 0.0
JUSTIN TYE 0 2 2 0.0
BLAKE SAWICKI 1 0 1 0.0
TONY SANTOS 1 0 1 0.0
Team 24 31 55 2.0
Northmont Stats
PASSING
CP/AT YDS AVG TD INT
Chris Timmons

5/9 27 3.0 0 0
RUSHING
ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Avery Miliner

14 28 2.0 6 1
Donavin Wallace

9 63 7.0 25 0
Chris Timmons

5 -5 -1.0 5 0
Jabari Perkins

3 12 4.0 6 0
Nick Boyd

1 13 13.0 13 0
Team 32 111 3.5 25 1
RECEIVING
REC YDS AVG LG TD
Avery Miliner

4 20 5.0 12 0
Nick Boyd

1 7 7.0 7 0
Team 5 27 5.4 12 0
KICKING
FG PCT LNG XP PTS
Nick Winchester

0/0 0.0 0 1/1 1
KICKOFF RETURNS
NO YDS AVG LNG TD
Jabari Perkins

3 80 26.7 37 0
Donavin Wallace

1 8 8.0 8 0
Team 4 88 22.0 37 0
FUMBLES
FF FR TD
Dominic Wilson

0 1 0
Chuck Saul

1 0 0
Team 1 1 0
DEFENSE
TACKLES
SOLO AST TOT SACK
James Abrams

7 6 13 0.0
Chuck Saul

4 7 11 0.0
Jimi Saul

6 5 11 0.0
Austin Kossoudji

2 6 8 0.0
Cameron Rucker

4 3 7 0.0
Prince Benson

1 5 6 0.0
Cameron Reaman

4 0 4 0.0
Brandt Cronebach

1 3 4 0.0
Jake Monnin

1 3 4 0.0
Dominic Wilson

2 0 2 0.0
Devin Kenerly

1 2 3 0.0
Chane Prysock

0 2 2 0.0
Christian Wilson

1 1 2 0.0
Alex Birt

0 2 2 0.0
Jeremiah Shepherd

0 2 2 0.0
Isaiah Stanford

1 0 1 0.0
Team 35 47 82 0.0

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind