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Tigers take down Wilson, 42-6

On Saturday afternoon, both the Northwestern offensive and defensive lines brought their entire arsenal to the trenches and unleashed fury upon the Wilson Warriors. In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Tigers dominated from the onset, defeating the Warriors 42-6.

Wilson came into the game with one of the top passing attacks in the Colonial-Schuylkill League, with quarterback Cayden Stem, throwing for 1,080 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to just one interception. But the Tigers sacked Stem on four times in the first quarter and locked down dynamic wide receiver Damon Simpson, who was averaging 40 yards per catch.

The result was an early 7-0 Northwestern advantage after an 80-yard drive that ended in a Dalton Clymer five-yard touchdown run on the Tigers’ second possession. From the onset, it was evident that Northwestern held an edge in the trenches.

“We needed to go coverage this week with the talent of their skill players and we felt pretty good about having five guys in the middle of the field,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder. “We went with an aggressive speed rush package to get pressure on their quarterback and we did a good job of stifling their run.

“Because we did such a good job against the run, we didn’t have to bring another guy into the box, so that helped us in coverage as well. I think we just did a great job in the box today, stopping the run, pestering the quarterback and really getting after it and then our cover guys did a great job of limiting their big plays.”

In the second quarter, the Northwestern defense continued its strong play, forcing two punts and two turner over on downs possessions, but it was the Tigers’ offense that stole the show in the second frame. Holmes, who is one of the more physical players you will see running the football from the quarterback spot, took over the ball game, scoring on runs of 38, 69 and 16 yards. The Northwestern offensive front was impressive as well, giving all the Tigers runners plenty of room to navigate rushing lanes.

Holmes finished with 149 yards and four touchdowns in the second quarter and helped Northwestern to lead by 35 at the intermission.

“Offensively, that was a ground and pound game for us,” said Snyder. “I know we’re a spread team, but we spread it to run it and I think we did a good job just grinding in the run game today. Holmes had a monster game for us and Dalton Clymer was healthy for the first time in weeks and looked really good. Credit to our offensive linemen, who I think just blocked their tails off today, which is a group that is getting better every week.”

With the game in mercy rule time, the second half was short lived. Wilson was able to get on the board with a Stem one-yard plunge in the third quarter. Northwestern got its final score of the game with an 18-yard hookup between Holmes and Cade Christopher early in the fourth.

CLYMER CLIMBING… Running back Dalton Clymer has been climbing his way back from injury and looked good against Wilson, adding a power run game to the fold from the tailback position. Clymer finished with 80 yards and two rushing touchdowns on the day.

DOMINATING D… The Tigers defense played well in every facet on Saturday. Northwestern held Stem to 28 passing yards, dynamic wide receiver Damon Simpson to no catches on the day and explosive running back Damian Simpson to just 48 yards.

GOLD DIVISION… With the win, Northwestern (6-0) takes the driver’s seat in the Colonial-Schuylkill League Gold Division. Wilson (5-1) and Pottsville (5-1) play this week.