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Nordics run to 2-0

September 1, 2012
RON DEUTER - Sports Editor , The Daily News

FELCH - The only person covering more ground than North Dickinson's rushers at James D. Priestap Memorial Field the past two weeks is the guy cutting the grass.

The Nordics, ripping off another 365 yards rushing, plowed Newberry 42-6 here Friday night in non-conference football.

North Dickinson's offense has now run for 833 yards in its first two games.

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North Dickinson's Dominic Christian breaks loose for a first-quarter touchdown during Friday evening’s non-conference football against Newberry at James D. Priestap Memorial Field.

"We got things going a little bit tonight," Nordics head coach Joe Reddinger said. "The rust is starting to come off."

The Nordics scored touchdowns on all but the very first possession of the game, with four different backs finding the endzone.

Matt Schultz, gaining 30 yards on 32 yards on nine carries, tallied two first-half scores on runs of one and six yards, his second putting his team ahead three touchdowns to none before halftime.

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First quarter

ND - Dominic Christian 31 run (kick failed), 5:44.

Second quarter

ND - Matt Schultz 1 run (Tim Hruska run), 10:59.

ND - Schultz 6 run (Brad Gustafson kick), 2:41.

Third quarter

ND - Derek Wagner 2 run (Gustafson kick), 6:33.

Fourth quarter

ND - Logan O'Neil 15 run (run failed), 10:11.

N - Christopher Ducsay 5 run (kick blocked), 7:19.

ND - Pekarek 3 run (O'Neil run), 2:22.


Total yards - N: 149 (134 run, 15 pass); ND: 365 (344 run, 21 pass).

Rushing leaders - N: John Nolan 11-56, Justin Hood 7-32, Michael Ash 7-31; ND: Christian 15-195, Hruska 12-50, O'Neil 4-40.

Receiving leaders - N: Hood 1-13; ND: Christian 1-21.

Passing - N: Ian Stokes 2-7-15-0-0; ND: Pekarek 1-3-21-0-0.

Interceptions - None.

Sacks - ND: Dylan Dario, Brady Mashak, Travis Wischmeier, Justin Clark.

First downs - N: 11; ND: 18.

Penalties - N: 5-37; ND: 4-25.

"It's a great win," Reddinger said. "I didn't know what to expect, and watching them warm up, they looked just absolutely huge."

Dominic Christian led the charge for North Dickinson's runners, totaling 195 yards on 15 carries. His first touch of the night resulted in a 31-yard sprint for a score to put the Nordics up 6-0 midway through the first quarter.

A two-yard push by Derek Wagner and a Brad Gustafson kick made 28-0 in the middle of the third quarter. A speedy Logan O'Neil swept left and cut up field for a 15-yard tally early in the fourth as North Dickinson built a 34-0 lead before Newberry broke through.

Christopher Ducsay capped a 57-yard, six-play, drive for the Indians with a five-yard touchdown with 7:19 to play.

Quarterback Kenny Pekarek went around the left side for the Nordic's final score, running in from three yards out with 2:22 remaining.

In addition to Christian's yardage, Tim Hruska racked up 50 yards on 12 carries, mostly in first-half duty. O'Neil finished with 40 yards on four tries, even having one big gainer wiped out due to a holding penalty.

"I'm pretty happy," Reddinger said. "That was a good offensive performance."

While the Nordics offense is making all the noise this early season, the defense has allowed just 12 points through two contests.

Leading tacklers against Newberry were Jonas Christian and Brady Mashak with eight each. Dylan Dario and Justin Clark each notched seven stops. Dario, Mashak, Clark and Travis Wischmeier all came up with sacks.

"We have some kids who like to play defense, so that helps," Reddinger noted of his seasoned defense. "They are really smart, football smart, so we can do some things, and that really helps too.

North Dickinson (2-0, 0-0) heads to Munising Friday for its first road test of the season.



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