Victory snatched from Northport

Chris Rader
Staff Writer

Game Summary
Northport got things going early with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Kade Middlesworth to Trenton Baribault, to take a 6-0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Gunner Hilderbrandt put the Cougars on top 8-6 with a 6-yard score, but NHS answered with another Middlesworth to Baribault hookup, this time from 32 yards out to take a 12-8 lead.
Back and forth we went, Justin Hanks caught a 12-yard TD pass from Hilderbrandt to put CHS back in front 16-12, but just before half, Bryce Luntsford caught a 14-yard pass from Middlesworth to put the Mustangs up 18-16 at the half.
In the second half, both defenses stiffened and in the final minutes it appeared that Curlew was driving for the go ahead score, but the Northport defense stopped the Cougars at the five and took the ball back. On the next offensive play the Mustangs fumbled the ball away and two plays later Justin Hanks scored on an 8-yard run to give CHS the 22-18 victory.