COMSTOCK PARK — Coming into Friday night’s football game, the Forest Hills Northern Huskies had allowed just 65 points in six games.
After seven games, they still have surrendered just 65 points.
Northern (6-1, 3-0) pitched a 26-0 shutout against the Greenville Yellow Jackets on Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. The win guaranteed the Huskies their first postseason appearance since 2002.
“We came out and played great in the first half,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “We gave them their first score and that was tough. It could have been 0-0 at halftime.
“Give them a lot of credit. They are huge and dominated the line of scrimmage in the second half,” he added.
Greenville and Northern traded possessions in the first half with neither team threatening to score. At least that was the case until Greenville’s first turnover late in the second quarter.
Yellow Jackets quarterback Ryan Davis dropped back to pass and was hit quickly. The ball was knocked loose and was recovered by the Huskies at the Greenville 25-yard line.
A few plays later, Marcus Mathews ran in the game’s first touchdown with just 2:34 remaining for a 7-0 lead.
“We gave them a couple and you can’t do that against good teams,” Moore said.
Greenville’s second turnover really changed the outlook of the game.
Northern was leading 14-0 midway in the third quarter when Greenville backup quarterback Kyle O’Connor fumbled. Northern’s Casey Day recovered the fumble and returned it 45 yards for a Huskies score. The extra point was blocked, but still gave Northern a 20-0 lead late in the third quarter.
“They are unbelievably big and there is a reason they are leading our league,” Moore said. “The size takes its toll. There is no doubt about it. Our kids played hard for 48 minutes and I’m proud of them for that.”
The Yellow Jackets couldn’t muster much offense in the second half to get back in the game.
After two Greenville punts to start the fourth quarter, the Huskies scored their final touchdown on a 19-yard run by Peter Fisk. The extra point was missed.
Jacob Howe scored Northern’s second touchdown of the game in the second quarter.
Greenville’s defense held the Huskies to just 227 yards of offense. Greenville’s offense managed just 145 yards of its own.
Carter Stephens led Greenville with 51 yards rushing, while Eric Plate added 38. Davis (3-for-5) and O’Connor (4-for-6) combined for 51 yards passing. Connor Wyckoff had three catches for 26 yards.
Mathews finished with 53 yards on 17 carries for the Huskies.
Greenville fell to 2-5 with the loss and 0-3 in the O-K Bronze. It will close out the season with two home games, the first against Forest Hills Eastern on Friday.
“We have two weeks left and a lot to play for,” Moore said. “We have to come back and play.”
Friday will be Greenville’s homecoming game.