• Kurt Ward

Northern Guilford Blanks Western Alamance 50-0

ELON – “Positive Response.”

That’s the mindset that Western Alamance Coach Jeff Snuffer wants his Warriors to have.

Those Warriors will have a chance to put that lesson into practice this coming week after suffering a 50-0 loss Friday night at the hands of Northern Guilford.

“We teach ‘positive response,’” Snuffer said. “We want our guys to have a positive response when we’re down, and this one has definitely knocked us down.

“But this is bigger than a game. It’s how you respond when things are tough. Sometimes in life, you will get knocked down, and we want to teach these kids that you gotta get back up.”

After playing to a 0-0 tie in the first quarter, Northern Guilford dominated the final three stanzas.

The Nighthawks (3-0) found a rhythm in the second quarter and scored on three straight possessions.

Manny Elliott opened the scoring when he caught an over-the-middle pass from Jack Mercer and ran it in from 29 yards out. That came with 9:13 to play in the second quarter.

Less than three minutes later, Jordan McInnis scored the first of his three touchdowns. His second-quarter TD came on a 45 yard run.

Terrell Timmons then capped the second quarter scoring by catching a pass from Mercer and outrunning everyone down the right sideline. On the play, Timmons ran by the scouts from North Carolina State who were on the sideline to watch him play.

Any hope Western gained from its halftime speech was quickly dashed as the Nighthawks scored on their first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. McInnis needed just 17 seconds to run 63 yards for the score.

For the game, McInnis scored on runs of 45 and 63 yards. He also recovered his own fumble in the end zone for a third score. McInnis carried the ball 12 times for a game-high 181 yards. He also caught one pass for 61 yards.

“Jordan McGinnis can flat out fly,” Northern coach Erik Westberg said. “Our offensive line is coming along and those guys opened up some holes for him tonight.”

Northern finished with 411 yards of total offense. Mercer completed 11 of his 15 passes for 200 yards.

Meanwhile, the Nighthawk defense held Western to only 119 yards of total offense – 103 through the air and 16 yards rushing.

“Our defense played great all night; they are the reason that we won this ballgame,” Westberg said.

A 69-yard touchdown-scoring pass play of Mercer to Timmons put the Nighthawks up 43-0 with 2:47 to go in the third. At that point, the one-sided score was big enough to result in the clock running continuously to speed up the game.

Zion Crawford capped the scoring with a 44-yard completion with 4:50 to play.

Entering the contest, Western had won the last six games between the two squads, including a 40-34 overtime win in the spring.

Northern has many of its players back from that spring squad, with the exception of its quarterback and one linebacker.

Western, on the other hand, lost 18 seniors players to graduation in the spring. This year, their roster includes several sophomores in key positions.

“We’re playing a lot of young guys,” Snuffer explained. “That’s not an excuse; that’s just stating a fact.

“We’ll be back out here in the morning watching film, and then we will show them what they did right and show them some things they can improve on. We will keep coaching. These guys will keep working. That’s just what we do.”

Next week, Western will play host to Southern Alamance.

Northern Guilford 0 21 22 7 - 50

Western Alamance 0 0 0 0 - 0

NG – Manny Elliott 29 pass from Jack Mercer (Grant McNeil kick), 9:13 left in the 2nd

NG – Jordan McInnis 45 run (McNeil kick), 6:46 left in the 2nd

NG – Terrell Timmons 47 pass from Mercer (McNeil kick), 3:12 left in the 2nd

NG – McInnis 63 run (McInnis run), 11:43 left in the 3rd

NG – McInnis fumble recovery in the end zone (McNeil kick), 8:59 left in the 3rd

NG – Timmons 69 pass from Mercer (McNeil kick), 2:47 left in the 3rd

NG – Zion Crawford 44 pass from Mercer (McNeil kick), 4:50 left in the 4th

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