By Brett Barnes
Senior Running back Keys M-U
After three tough weeks, the Milton- Union Bulldogs put together their best performance of the season on both sides of the ball, and they rode the coattails of senior running back Brad Stine to a surprisingly easy 50-24 win over the Northridge Polar Bears on Friday night.
The first quarter was much ado about nothing as Northridge drove early and was stopped on downs, and the Bulldogs could get nothing going. With just over 3:00 minutes left in the quarter, the Polar Bears had to punt, and freshman Zac Shields flipped field position with a nifty punt return to the Northridge 33 yard line. The short field was just what the Bulldogs needed, and Stine scored his first touchdown of the evening from three yards out giving the Dogs a 6-0 lead.
The defense led by Andrew Lynn lowered the boom on QB Anthony Cowl over and over forcing punt after punt. Late in the second quarter, the Bulldogs again parlayed a short field into 6 points. The drive started at the Northridge 40yd line and ended when Blake Smith threw his first varsity touchdown finding Keifer Jones from 8yds away. Again the two point conversion failed, but the Dogs led 12-0
Finally, Northridge showed signs of life, and drove with relative ease using a quick, no huddle, short passing offense. Cowl completed five passes on the drive and finished it off himself with a nifty 6yd run. A trick play on the conversion was good, and suddenly it was a ballgame at 12-8.
Then the play that changed the momentum of the game for good: With just 1:20 left in the half, Northridge inexplicably tried an onside kick. It failed miserably, and the Bulldogs took advantage when Stine ran a 40 yard dash in 7 seconds. It ended in the end zone, and after the two point conversion, the Dogs led 20-8 at the half.
The deal was sealed at the beginning of the second half when Stine broke free again for his third touchdown of the night, this time a 44yd gallop. Smith hit Quentin Weiss with the two points, and the lead ballooned to 28-8.
Northridge’s offensive woes continued (13yds total in the 3rd quarter) and were complicated by an interception and a lost fumble. Fortunately for them, the Bulldogs did not take advantage of the turnovers; unfortunately, the Bears had to punt one more time to Zac Shields. This time Shields went 35yds virtually untouched for his first varsity touchdown, and the romp was on 36-8.
After a quick Polar Bear touchdown and conversion, Stine capped his incredible night with touchdown number four this time on a 15yd run. Later in the quarter, Chase Martens scored from 16yds away making the score 50-16. Northridge added a late touchdown against the Bulldog second team defense, and the game mercifully ended at 50-24.
Stine had 194 yards rushing, and the Bulldogs totaled 299 yards overall. Northridge was held to 201 yards. The Bulldogs travel to Preble Shawnee next week. Game time: 7:00.