Sunday, October 28, 2007

Biller powers NorthWood

Article published Oct 27, 2007
Biller powers NorthWood

Tribune Staff Writer

NAPPANEE -- NorthWood High School's football team had an answer every time Glenn scored a touchdown to take the lead -- Kent Biller.

Biller, who packs a black-and-blue running style into his black-and-red Panther uniform, ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries to lead NorthWood to a 22-19 victory over visiting Glenn on a rain-soaked Friday night at Andrews Field.

Glenn closes its season at 6-5. NorthWood advances to the Class 3-A sectional championship game on the road against St. Joseph's with a 7-4 record.

Glenn scored three touchdowns to take the lead three times. Each time, Biller's punishing attack powered the Panthers to pay dirt in response.

"He did an outstanding job," NorthWood head coach Rich Dodson said. "He's obviously a big part of our [Single-Wing] offense. He runs hard. It's not just speed. He's able to break a tackle. He's able to get that extra yard or two when he gets tackled."Glenn jumped out to a 7-0 lead after blocking a NorthWood punt early in the first quarter, but Biller led NorthWood right down the field with an answer.

Biller capped a nine-play drive with a 27-yard touchdown to tie the score.

Then mother nature took over.

After Glenn returned the ensuing kickoff a downpour came through and lightning in the area forced a 52-minute delay.

When play resumed, both teams' offenses seemed mired in the mud.But Glenn running back Conrad Schubert barreled into the end zone from seven yards out in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 13-7 lead heading into half time.

The Falcons forced NorthWood to punt on its first two possessions of the third quarter, but were unable to add onto their lead thanks to a fumble and a punt of their own.

Then on the third possession of the second half NorthWood scored on one 12-second play. Biller broke off his longest run of the game, a 65-yarder down the sideline that gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead after Brandon Williams completed the extra point.

"He wasn't running inside, he got his big runs outside," Glenn head coach Justin Bogunia said. "I thought our front seven did a great job tonight. I don't think they got pounded down, it was him making an athletic move and bouncing outside."

Glenn recaptured the lead in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Chris Lawler.After the two-point conversion failed for Glenn, there was too much time left on the clock and NorthWood marched right down the field on a seven-play, 58-yard drive capped by Biller's third touchdown for the final 22-19 lead.

"Even if we would've converted, it still would've been tight at the end," Bogunia said. "We made plays and they made plays, that's pretty much what the game came down to."

Glenn had one final shot, but quarterback Chris Patton was unable to complete a tough pass on 4-and-6 to extend its final drive. NorthWood took over on downs and ran out the clock.

At Nappanee

Glenn 7 6 0 6 -- 19NorthWood 7 0 7 8 -- 22

G -- Chris Patton 9 pass to Michael Fansler (Fansler kick)

NW -- Kent Biller 27 run (Brandon Williams kick)

G -- Conrad Schubert 7 run (kick failed)

NW -- Biller 65 run (Williams kick)G -- Chris Lawler 3 run (two-point attempt failed)

NW -- Biller 11 run (Nathaniel Yoder pass from Skyler Titus)

Glenn N'Wood

First downs 12 12

Yards rushing 248 205Yards passing 27 95

Passing 3-4-0 7-15-0

Punting 3-42 4-39

Fumbles lost 2 0

Yards penalized 1-5 4-30

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