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Norwalk Truckers blow out Sandusky Blue Streaks in NOL play
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Norwalk's Damius Peacock dives to catch a touchdown pass in the the first quarter against Sandusky Friday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Norwalk's Breck Turner, front , leaves behind Sandusky's Marquis Bates as Turner heads for the endzone in the first quarter.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Sandusky's Lucas Will, left, hangs onto Norwalk's Jordon Johnson jersey as Johnson picks up 19 yards in the first quarter.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Sandusky's Mike Delk, top, blocks Norwalk's Joe Moyers to spring Sandusky's Ja'Vion Moore, right, for a 74 yard catch in the first quarter.
The victory moves the Truckers record to 7-0 on the season, while the Blue Streaks fall to 2-5.
Last season, Norwalk came into the game with Sandusky with a 6-0 record and were crushed 56-6 by the Streaks. With the Truckers clinging to the seventh spot in their region, Norwalk desperately needed a win.
It didn’t take the Truckers long to make a statement. On the first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Jake Fetherolf connected with Isaac Perry for a 73-yard touchdown pass, and Norwalk had a 7-0 advantage just 13 seconds into the game.
After a three-and-out by the Blue Streaks, Norwalk punched it in again in just four plays, capped off by a 50-yard touchdown run by sophomore Breck Turner.
The Truckers were just warming up.
After another Sandusky three-and-out, the Streaks lined up to punt, but the snap sailed over the punter’s head and the Truckers took over the ball on the Sandusky 21 yard line. Seconds later, the Norwalk lead was 21-0 as Fetherolf connected with Perry once again, this time for a 21-yard TD.
Sandusky was finally able to put together a drive, and pick up a first down on the ensuing drive. Most of the yards came on one play, when quarterback Andrew Barnum connected with Ja’Vion Moore for a 73-yard pass that put the Streaks on the Truckers’ 10 yard line.
The Blue Streaks were able to get the ball down to the 1 yard line, but couldn’t punch it in. On fourth-and-goal from the five yard line, Lucas Will, who split time at quarterback throughout the game, ran the ball to the goal line, but was stopped short, and Norwalk took over on downs at their own one yard line.
The Truckers’ offense picked up where they left off and raced down the field in just six plays. Fetherolf connected with Damius Peacock for a 40-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-0.
As quickly as the game started offensively for Norwalk in the first half, it ground to a halt once the second quarter began. Fetherolf finally threw his first incomplete pass in the game during the Truckers’ fifth drive of the night, which allowed the Streaks to get their first defensive stop and forced Norwalk to punt.
Sandusky’s offense was finally able to get on the board after a 14-play drive that culminated in a five-yard TD pass from Will to Mike Delk to cut the Norwalk lead to 28-6. Will finished the game with 72 yards passing on 7 of 15 attempts with one interception.
The Truckers’ offense got back in gear on the following drive though as they drove 58 yards in three plays, with Fetherolf connecting with Johnson for a 54-yard touchdown pass to put Norwalk up 34-6.
Norwalk would strike again once more before the end of the half. This time it was Johnson, who took a pitch from Fetherolf, who threw a 53-yard pass to Perry for another touchdown that made the score 41-6 just seconds before halftime.
The Truckers would score another two touchdowns in the second half, before they finally pulled their starters from the game.
Norwalk finished the game with 540 yards of total offense, 318 of them coming through the air.
Fetherolf threw for 264 yards on 11 of 16 attempts with 5 touchdowns. Turner led the Truckers rushing attack with 141 yards on 12 carries and two rushing touchdowns.
Norwalk 54, Sandusky 13
Northern Ohio League
Sandusky (2-5, 1-1) 0 6 0 7 — 13
Norwalk (7-0, 2-0) 28 13 13 0 — 54
N — Isaac Perry 73 pass from Jake Fetherolf (Michael Finch kick)
N — Breck Turner 50 run (Finch kick)
N — Perry 21 pass from Fetherolf (Finch kick)
N — Damius Peacock 40 pass from Fetherolf (Finch kick)
S — Mike Delk 5 pass from Lucas Will (kick failed)
N — Jordan Johnson 54 pass from Fetherolf (kick failed)
N — Perry 53 pass from Johnson (Finch kick)
N — Peacock 5 pass from Fetherolf (Finch kick)
N — Turner 19 run (kick failed)
S — Ja’Vion Moore 54 run (David Linden kick)
First Downs — S 12, N 20.
Yards Rushing — S 136 (Will 29), N 222 (Turner 141).
Yards Passing — S 146 (Ja’Vion Moore 74), N 318 (Isaac 136).
Passes Att.-Comp.-Int — S 8-20-2, N 12-17-0.
Fumbles-Lost — S 4-1, N 2-1.
Penalties-Yards — S 5-45, N 2-15.
Last Updated: 10/6/2012 12:14:40 PM EST