Mt. Tabor holds off Northwest 29-22

In a game that was defensive minded for three periods then turned into a shootout in the final stanza Hunter Furr had 132 yards on 24 carries and Robert Willis added 97 on five attempts including a 83yard score that put the Spartans ahead to stay in Mt. Tabor’s 29-22 win Monday night against homestanding Northwest.

In the first half the only score was a 32 yard TD pass from Brad Morton of Mt. Tabor to Willie Ashford late in the first period to give Tabor a 6-0 lead which would hold until the intermission. However Northwest responded after the break as Carlos Gagliardo returned the second half kickoff 100 yards to tie the score, then in a bit of razzle dazzle Gagliardo got the snap from an unbalanced formation and took it in for the two point conversion to give Northwest their first lead of the evening 8-6.

The Spartans though would retake the lead on the opening play of the fourth quarter as Hunter Furr went in from the one then added the two on a pass from Morton to make the count 14-8. Northwest would respond in kind as John Cruz went in from the three with 7:52 to play and Chris Kennedy added the two point conversion to pull Northwest back in front 16-14.

The lead would only last one play however as Roberst Willis went 83 yards untouched on the first play from scrimmage on Tabor’s next possesion, Morton again hit Furr on the two point conversion to make it 22-16. Northwest had a pair of chances after this, but two Tabor interceptions sealed the Vikings fate. Morton would put the game out of reach as his naked bootleg resulted in a 31yd scamper down the right sideline to make the score 29-16. The Vikings would not go quiet into that good night as backup QB Dan Bernard set up a final score with a 47yd pass to John Cruz to set up a 6yd Chris Kennedy score with :21 to play. It was however too little too late as Tabor recovered the ensuing onsides kick.

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