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Northwood varsity football improves to 7-0 with victory at Southern Vance, 14-7

By Brent J Cooper
Posted Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Henderson, NC - Sam Griffin connected on touchdown passes of 60 and 15 yards to receiver A.J.Farmer on the Chargers first two possessions for all the Chargers' scoring as the Varsity Football team improved to 7-0 with a 14-7 victory over the Southern Vance Raiders Friday night in Henderson. After connecting with Farmer for 60 yards on the Chargers' opening possession to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead, three runs by Shane Peppers, and a 10 yard completion to Harold Baldwin were followed by a 15 yard touchdown pass to Farmer to give the Chargers a 14-0 lead following two successful PATs by Josue Pena.

The Chargers' defense took control for the rest of the game, as it kept the Raiders out of the end zone until mid way through the fourth quarter. It would take another key Chargers' forced turnover, this time an interception by linebacker Dylan Davis with just under four minutes remaining with the Raiders driving in Chargers' territory, to close the door on the Raiders.

On offense, A. J. Farmer caught four passes for 107 yards, while Ridge Smith had two receptions for over 50 yards. Shane Peppers carried the load in the backfield as in the second half alone he had 16 carries for 46 yards as the Chargers ground out the clock en route to their seventh consecutive victory. Sam Griffin once again managed the Chargers' offense to an effective performance en route to the victory.

On defense, Dylan Davis and Ryan Seymour each collected interceptions. Players who collected either quarterback sacks or tackles for losses included Dylan Davis and Brandon Saurine each with one and a half quarterback sacks, Makaylyn Simmons, Blaine Rhyne, and Donyea Rhodes. Tra Chandler, A. J. Farmer, and Ryan Seymour all played well in pass coverage throughout the night.

The Chargers are at home this Friday night versus Granville Central for Homecoming 2009 as they look to move to 8-0 on the season.

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Northwood varsity football improves to 7-0 with victory at Southern Vance, 14-7
The Chargers trailed 15-0 in the third quarter until Sam Griffin connected on a 73 yard touchdown pass to Shane Peppers.
photo by Gene Galin