Several things are becoming apparent regarding Northwestern football. The Trojans can be counted on to score 40 or more points; the defense is getting better and better; the special teams are going to make some plays and the Justin Worley to Robert Joseph connection is nearly unstoppable in the red zone.
The Trojans moved to 3-0 with a 41-2 trouncing of Ridge View at District Three Stadium Thursday night. The lopsided win was the result of good execution in all phases of the game.
Justin Worley played just three quarters. He threw five more touchdowns, giving him 14 this year. He completed 21-of-37 throws for 289 yards. Matt Turney finished up at quarterback. He connected on 6-of-8 for 21 yards.
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Joseph caught three touchdowns of 12, 8 and 20 yards. Joseph’s synchronization with Worley is something to watch. In all, nine receivers caught passes.
Northwestern’s defense hasn’t been scored on in 10 straight quarters. Ridge View’s only threat came in the first quarter, when Blazers’ quarterback Devin Kennedy completed four of his five passes down to the Trojans 8-yard line.
Tevin Adams took a handoff up the middle but was stripped of the ball by Northwestern’s Andre Wade.
“I just reached in and took it from him,” Wade said.
The 5-foot-11, 212-pound senior defensive lineman wasted no time heading in the opposite direction. He said the only thing that kept him from scoring was the macaroni and cheese he had for dinner.
“I tried to score. I came out of the hole strong, but I had heartburn,” Wade said with a slight chuckle. He rumbled 51 yards to set up the Trojans’ third score of the night.
The special teams.
Devonte Gibson blocked Ridge View’s first punt of the night, and the offense took over at the 26. It took just four plays before Joseph pulled in his first touchdown of the night.
Stewart Hunt did the punting for the Trojans in place of Worley who was nursing a sore toe. Hunt pinned Ridge View inside the 20 one time and had another beauty bouncing around inside the 5 that couldn’t be downed before trickling into the end zone.
Northwestern led 34-0 at the half and left coach Jimmy Wallace with little to say in the locker room.
“I just told them to go out and play hard,” Wallace said. “We are playing all three phases of the game.”
The coach is anxious to get his team into a routine now having played on a Thursday, a Friday and a Saturday to open the year.
“We are thankful to be 3-0 but we can get better,” he said.
NORTHWESTERN 41, RIDGE VIEW 2
N-Delvieon McCleod 73 pass from Justin Worley (James Smith kick)
N-Robert Joseph 12 pass from Worley (kick failed)
N-Joseph 8 pass from Worley (Brandon Lewis pass from Worley)
N-Stewart Hunt 42 pass from Worley (Smith kick)
N-Joseph 20 pass from Worley (kick failed)
RV-Obinna Ntiasagwe tackled Worley in end zone for safety
N-Marcus Marshall 2 run (Sully Foy kick)
RUSHING-Ridge View: Rashad Goodwin 2-(-2), Rodrick Williams 7-36, Tevin Adams 7-20, Gary Bradshaw 8-26, Devin Kennedy 4-4. Northwestern: LaThomas Long 6-33, Justin Worley 3-14, A.J. McCoy 3-5, Marcus Marshall 4-32.
PASSING-Ridge View: Kennedy 16-31-0-129. Northwestern: Worley 21-37-0-289, Matt Turney 6-8-0-21.
RECEIVING-Ridge View: Andre Polite 6-40, Brandon Ruff 4-55, Williams 1-6, Malcolm Graham 3-31, Bradshaw 1-(-1). Northwestern: Robert Joseph 5-52, B.J. Boyd 6-55, Stewart Hunt 3-69, Brandon Lewis 4-30, L. Long 3-5, Delvieon McCleod 1-73, Rontavious McClure 3-15, Marshall 1-2, Diamond Miller 1-9.
RECORDS- Northwestern 3-0; Ridge View 1-2.