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The Vikings offered a glimpse of the future in a win over Alleghany.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Northside took down Alleghany 35-7 at home Friday night behind another stellar performance from its defense and the combined effort of quarterbacks Dom Dunnaville and Will Culicerto.
Head coach Burt Torrance found out Thursday that Dunnaville would sit out the first half due to "a violation of team rules." Culicerto did a nice job filling in , firing two touchdown passes late in the first half to give the Vikings a 14-0 lead at the break.
"Will's going to be special," Torrance said. "That was his first full, live varsity experience. He threw the one pick, didn't recognize the man-to-man coverage. But above all, I thought he played really, really well."
Just a sophomore, Culicerto finished 7 of 13 passing for 128 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
With two-and-a-half minutes to play in the first half, Culicerto hit freshman Tra' Jackson on 4th-and-8. Forty-six yards and a block from Ben Plunkett later, Jackson was in the end zone and Northside led 7-0.
After an Alleghany fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the ball back to the Vikings, Culicerto hooked up with Harold Buckner for a 15-yard score.
"It's the best feeling in the world," Culicerto said. "It really is."
Even with the scored tied at zero late in the first half, Torrance wasn't concerned, mostly because of his defense .
"We're averaging 38 points a game, and our kids expect to score on every drive," Torrance said. "But football doesn't work like that - it's okay to punt. With the defense that we're playing right now, teams are going to have a tough time putting up big numbers against us."
On Northside's first possession of the second half, Dunnaville took the Vikings 72 yards in nine plays. The drive culminated with Dunnaville finding Nathan Arnold in the back of the end zone for a 17-yard score.
"It was tough," Dunnaville said, of sitting out the first half. "But when you've got a good backup, it's fine. "
Culicerto wasn't the only young Northside player to shine . Sophomore running back Corey Williams - pulled up this week from JV - had 66 yards on 11 carries.
"I think we took a step forward in looking at our future," Torrance said. "We had a sophomore tailback tonight, sophomore quarterback, our entire offensive line will be back but one kid. I'm really happy with what I saw tonight."
Freshman wide receiver Tra' Jackson also put on a show, finishing with two touchdowns and 139 total yards on nine touches.
"Tra' Jackson is an absolute stud," Torrance said. "I think a lot of people were surprised to see him as a freshman - we don't have a lot of freshman play varsity football right out of the gate - but he's a special young man. He's very smart, very analytical in his thinking about the game and how it works. "
Alleghany had some success passing . Quarterback Nick Ferrell finished 18 of 34 for 154 yards with a TD and an interception.
"Protection issues cost us a little bit earlier," Alleghany coach Gary Burdette said. "You've got to have time to throw, that got us a couple times. And it's not always lineman, sometimes it's running backs, or the quarterback not throwing on time."
Alleghany 0 0 7 7-14
Northside 14 14 7 14-49
N - Jackson 46 pass from Culicerto (Large kick)
N - Buckner 15 pass from Culicerto (Large kick)
N - Arnold 17 pass from Dunnaville (Large kick)
A - Rust 39 pass from Ferrell (Kessinger kick)
N - Waddey 3 run (Large kick)
N - Jackson 2 run (Large kick)
First downs 10 19
Yards rushing 26 192
Passes C-A-I 19-38-1 14-27-1
Yards passing 192 280
Penalties-yards 2-30 10-90
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-2
Punts-average 7-32.9 5-32.2
RUSHING - Alleghany, C.Carter 2-2, Johnson 9-28, Ferrell 10-(-15), Kessinger 1-1, Burks 3-11, Edwards 1-(-1). Northside, Hill 9-29, Williams 11-66, Johnson 2-12, Jackson 5-43, Culicerto 1-(-6), Fisher 3-14, Dunnaville 6-28, Waddey 1-3, Cunningham 2-7, Team 2-(-4).
PASSING - Alleghany, Ferrell 18-34-1-154, Kessinger 1-3-0-38, Broughman 0-1-0-0. Northside, Culicerto 7-13-1-128, Dunnaville 7-14-0-152.
RECEIVING - Alleghany, Persinger 1-9, Rust 5-129, Kessinger 7-56, Z.Carter 2-3, Johnson 2-(-7), Tremblay 1-4, C. Carter 1-(-2). Northside, Buckner 4-94, Hill 3-66, Jackson 4-96, Arnold 2-25, Fisher 1-(-1).
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