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Norse, Knights to meet on gridiron

Football: Southwood’s Dawson Filip scores a touchdown during the Knight’s blowout win over North Miami last week.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

One of the county and conference’s top rivalries will continue on Friday as Northfield and Southwood take to the gridiron, highlighting the upcoming week of football action.

 

Southwood (3-0) vs. Northfield (0-3), 7 p.m.Last week: Southwood win at North Miami, 45-7; Northfield loss vs. Maconaquah, 43-7

The Knights and Norse enter as two sides on drastically different paths. Southwood is winners of their last 17 regular season games and counting date back to 2017. Northfield, meanwhile, is winless this season and is coming off it’s worse loss since a 39-point loss to Lafayette Central Catholic in the semi-state in 2015.

Northfield’s 0-3 start is the first winless start in through games since 2009 when the Norse lost their first six games.

In this specific rivalry, it has also been dominated in recent years by Southwood. The Knights have won the last four match-ups with Northfield’s last win coming in Week 3 of the 2017 season. Prior to the current streak, Northfield had won four straight games themselves.

Southwood’s wins in the current streak, though, have all been fairly convincing with each coming by double digits. Overall, it’s the Knights who own a 31-10 edge in the series the last 35 years.

This season, Southwood has opened the year with three wins led by backup quarterback Logan Barley. The junior has thrown for 323 yards and rushed for 84 yards with a combined seven touchdowns. Backfield mate Gabe Lloyd has 182 yards and five touchdowns of his own on the ground.

After allowing 17 points in a win over Maconquah to open the season, the Knights have given up a combined 14 points in the last two weeks. Northfield, meanwhile, is allowing an average of 31.7 points per game.

Levi Fulkerson continues to be the top weapon offensively for the Norse, totaling 426 yards through the air and on the ground combined with four touchdowns.

 

Wabash (1-2) at Peru (2-1), 7 p.m.Last week: Wabash loss at Manchester, 21-14; Peru loss vs. Tippecanoe Valley, 32-18

After a crushing loss in the last minutes against Manchester last week, Wabash returns on Friday still in search of its first Three Rivers Conference (TRC) win of the season. The Apaches will travel to Miami County to take on a Peru side that is also coming off a loss but holds a TRC win over Whitko.

The Tigers are anchored offensively by Daunte Majors as the running back and wide receiver has brought big play ability to the Tiger offense.

For Wabash, Bryant Boggs will be his counterpart for the Apache offense. The senior wideout has 13 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns through three games. That yardage mark places him third in the state early in the season.

Signal caller Payton Sodervick has thrown for 452 yards with four scores and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and three more touchdowns.

Last year, Wabash earned a 35-21 win over Peru, snapping a six-game losing streak in the process. In the last 22 meetings between the two teams, though, Peru has 17 wins.

 

Manchester (1-2) at Rochester (2-1), 7 p.m.Last week: Manchester win vs. Wabash, 21-14; Rochester win at Whitko, 21-7

After winning in its home opener against Wabash last week, Manchester will look to back-to-back wins as they travel to Rochester.

The Zebras are coming in off a win over Whitko and are a perfect 2-0 in TRC play. Rochester opened the year with a 20-14 win on the road against Wabash.

Nick Allen has guided the offense for the Zebras under center, throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 167 yards and three touchdowns through the opening three games. Bryce Abbott leads the team in rushing with 181 touchdowns and two scores.

For Manchester, Devin Marcum has thrown for 420 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Martindale has rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns while Trey Clark has caught 10 touchdowns for 196 yards and a score.

Rochester won the last meeting between the two in convincing fashion, 49-14. Manchester won the three meetings against the Zebras prior to last season. The Zebras own the series edge, 28-9.