Turnovers doom CMA against NorthWood

NAPPANEE — According to the statistics, CMA should have won the game against the NorthWood Panthers Friday night, as the Eagles outgained NorthWood 295 yards to 229 and had 15 first downs to the Panthers’ nine, but five CMA turnovers were the difference as the Panthers downed CMA 27-18 at Andrews Field in Nappanee.
NorthWood senior quarterback Zac Coleman threw for one touchdown and rushed for another and Brayden Troxel had an interception and a fumble recovery as the Panthers recorded their fifth straight win over the Eagles, who have not prevailed at Andrews Field since 1969, NorthWood’s first year as a high school.
NorthWood finished with 143 yards on the ground, led by Brown with 65 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Blake Cleveland added 33 yards on 11 totes while Andrew Hahn and Coleman added TD runs. Coleman was an efficient 3 of 4 passing for 78 yards and a TD, with all of the completions going to Roberts. The Panther defense was led by the relentless Taylor Anglemyer with 14 tackles and an interception. Tanner Roberts and Coy Brown added seven tackles each and Ethan Killian had six tackles including a sack.
CMA piled up 228 yards on the ground, led by Ralph Laux who gained 86 yards on 19 carries. Pierre Byrne had 75 yards on just 4 totes, including his TD run. Barnes completed 7 of 18 passes for 67 yards and two scores (both to Frantti) but was just 3 of 12 for 16 yards and 3 interceptions in the critical second half. Sophomore lineman John Slykas led the Eagle defense with seven tackles and his older brother Frank chipped in with five stops.
• NORTHWOOD 27,
CMA 18
At Andrews Field, Nappanee
CMA: 0 12 0 6 — 18
NorthWood: 7 7 6 7 — 27
N – Zac Coleman 1 run (Brendan Widner kick)
C – Connor Frantti 11 pass from Hayes Barnes (run failed)
C – Frantti 32 pass from Barnes (run failed)
N – Tanner Roberts 31 pass from Coleman (Widner kick)
N – Coy Brown 2 run (kick failed)
N – Andrew Hahn 6 run (Widner kick)
C – Pierre Byrne 39 run (run failed)
NorthWood CMA
First Downs 9 15
Yards Rushing 143 228
Yards Passing 78 67
Passing 3-4-0 7-18-3
Penalties 1-10 6-50
Punts 2-22 1-28
Fumbles 3-2 2-2
Rushing – NorthWood (Brown 11-65. TD; Hahn 7-29, TD; Cleveland 11-33; Coleman 10-15, TD; Kirkwood 1-1); CMA (Barnes 15-17; Laux 19-86; Phillips 5-36; Byrne 4-75, TD; Marrs 1-5; Van Horn 1-9)
Passing – NorthWood (Coleman 3-4-0, 78 yds., TD); CMA (Barnes 7-18-3, 67 yds., 2 TD)
Receiving – NorthWood (Roberts 3-78, TD); CMA (Frantti 5-63, 2 TD; Eckstein 1-3; Laux 1-2)