By Pat Culverhouse
Friday the 13th proved to be a very unlucky football night for the Minden Crimson Tide as Northwood’s Falcons rode the arm of senior quarterback Hutson Hearron to a 42-16 District 1-4A win at W.W.Williams Stadium.
Hearron threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns on a 15-for-24 night and the Falcons rolled up 400 yards in total offense to drop the Tide to 1-6 on the season; 1-3 in district play.
Northwood scored on its first two possessions of the game with Hearron first hitting Tucker McCabe from 22 yards out then finding Jalil Wainwright with a 21-yarder for a 13-0 lead after one quarter. McCabe was on the receiving end of a 38-yard scoring toss from Hearron to put Northwood into the dressing room at halftime up 19-0.
A four-yard scoring run, a 53-yard Hearron to Desmond Harris TD pass and a pair of two-point conversions put the Falcons’ lead at 35-0 in the third quarter before the Tide broke the ice.
Jakobe Jackson powered his way 10 yards to pay dirt to cap a 56-yard scoring drive with just under a minute remaining in the third and quarterback Hudson Brown found Cameron Mitchell for the two-pointer to make it 35-8.
Elijah Crawford’s six-yard scoring run took the score to 42-8 with just over nine minutes left in the final quarter, but the Tide’s Mitchell gave hometown fans something to cheer about just two plays after the ensuing kickoff.
Mitchell went high in the air and wrestled a Brown pass from a Northwood receiver for a 50-yard scoring play and another two-point conversion put an end to the night’s scoring at 42-16.
Minden managed 201 yards in total offense against a swarming Falcons’ defense with Mitchell leading the way, hauling in five passes for 99 yards and the touchdown. Dunovan Robinson gained 81 yards on 11 carries and Jackson picked up eight yards on five rushes with one touchdown. Brown was 11-for-24 passing worth 116 yards with one scoring toss and one interception.
District play continues for the Tide next week when the team hits the road to take on the Evangel Eagles, a 38-28 loser to North DeSoto in District 1-4A Friday.