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For the second year in a row, the NorthWood seventh grade football team captured the Big 11 Championship. They defeated Penn Discovery in the championship game by a score of 36-0.
Bryaton Yoder started the scoring for NorthWood with a 34-yard touchdown run. Caleb Lung added a kick to make it 8-0. Yoder then scored from 57 yards out and with another Lung kick, NorthWood led 16-0.
Yoder added a 58-yard punt return in the second quarter. William Ingle closed out the half with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 30-0 at halftime. Yoder ran 32 yards for a touchdown in the second half to cap the scoring.
Jacob Chupp led the defense with 10 tackles. Brendon Kaser had six tackles, Bailey Peacher and Evan Bonne had five while Payton Bear had four.
The Panthers averaged 39 points per game and had a school-record five shutouts. The 7th grade program is 22-2 over the past three year with back-to-back Big 11 championships.
NORTHWOOD 36, PENN DISCOVERY 0
From left (above) are NorthWoodâ€™s seventh grade champions: first row â€” Ty Grimm, Alex Mullins, Spencer Brubacher, Bryce Sowers, Zach Royster, Tanner Demien, Matthew Thornton, Sawyer Warren, and Hunter Warren; second row â€” Connor Swihart, William Ingle, Jarrett Spahr, Brant Mast, Anthony Sheron, Cooper Stillson, Micah Pippenger, Jordan BeMiller, and Cameron Hershberger; third row â€” Landen Gessinger, Preston King, Ethan Hochstetler, Lane Flowers, Zach Hunting, Cooper Middaugh, Cole Fuller, Cole Minder, Blake Germann, and Payton Bear; fourth row â€” Jack Phipps, Jacob Chupp, Brayton Yoder, Bailey Peachey, Mason Shafer, Chayse Sheets, Trenton Callihan, Juan Pantoja, and Austin McCuen; fifth row â€” James Fisher, Tyler Hahn, Rashan Nisly, Micah Lehman, Randy Kauffman, Evan Bonne, Cade Henschen, Nate Mikel, Brendon Kaser, and Caleb Lung; and sixth row â€” assistant coach Brooks Blosser, assistant coach Steve Sherk, and head coach Bob Bilinski. Not pictured is assistant coach Randy Mitschelen.