Although the Northwest Vikings started the game with a bang, the Glenn Bobcats matched their effort and one-up’d the Vikings in a 47-45 barn-burner at R.L. Billings Stadium Friday night. The Bobcats’ Stephon Brown threw for five touchdowns and ran for two, as Glenn ultimately spoiled Northwest’s senior night.
The Vikings opened the scoring after Brendan Banner recovered a Stephon Brown fumble on Glenn’s first possession of the game. Northwest quarterback Jacob Leonard found Jalen Spicer for a 12-yard touchdown reception with 10:02 remaining in the first quarter to take advantage of the Bobcats’ turnover. Five minutes later, however, Stephon Brown quieted Northwest fans when he made up for the fumble that gave the Vikings the lead, and ran ten yards to tie the game at seven.
The next drive was all Northwest star Thomas Hennigan. On the second play after the kickoff, Hennigan streaked 52 yards to get the Vikings to the Glenn five yard line. Hennigan ran one yard for the Vikings second touchdown two plays later.
Stephon Brown wasn’t the only Bobcat player who put up big numbers Friday night. Bobcat junior wide-receiver Dysaun Razzak had four touchdown receptions. Razzak and Brown accounted for six total scores, but it was a surprising player who would haul in the game-winner.
The Vikings went into the locker room at halftime leading 21-20, their smallest lead of the game.
The Vikings were led by Tre’ Turner, who had three touchdown receptions and a pick-six. Turner’s touchdowns were for 46, 71, and 39 yards respectively. His interception return for a Viking score was from 20 yards out. Jacob Leonard also had a huge night for the Vikings as he threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns.
Following Turner’s pick six the Vike’s led 31-20, and as they had all night, Glenn responded. Two of the four Brown to Razzak touchdowns were unanswered and Glenn led 35-31, for the first time in the game.
The game went back and forth all night. When Northwest seemed to get an edge, Glenn would counter. The game featured a total of seven lead changes, with four of them coming in the final twelve minutes.
Glenn quarterback Stephon Brown rushed for a five-yard touchdown with 3:24 remaining in the game. The Bobcats led 41-38 after the extra-point kick failed. The failed kick, leaving the Vikings with a chance to tie with a field goal was big. Cody Creed had already hit a field goal from 38 yards, had numerous touchbacks on kickoffs, including a 55 yard kick that went through the uprights. Creed didn’t have to kick another field goal, just PAT’s.
The Vikings still had fight left in them, and after taking over on their own 37 yard line, Jacob Leonard hit Thomas Hennigan, who ran 24 yards before being brought down. On the very next play, Leonard tossed up a bomb, and Turner hauled it in, then took it to the house, giving the Vikings a 45-41 lead with 2:47 left to play.
Glenn was well prepared to drive down the field and score in two minutes, as they practice it weekly.
“Every Wednesday we work two-minute drill,” Glenn head coach Antwon Stevenson said. “It’s live, it’s good on good, the losing team runs. We work this every Wednesday and it came into play for us tonight.”
“Tonight it worked out for us,” Stephon Brown said.
The many weeks of practicing that two minute drill was what gave Glenn the confidence and ability to win on Friday night.
The drive ended with the game-winning pass on third-and-goal from the Northwest nine yard line. A slant-route to Luke Chamelin with five seconds remaining on the clock resulted in a one-handed catch in the far corner of the end zone, and the Bobcats had completed the two-minute drill successfully.
“I didn’t even know he caught it,” Stephon Brown said of Chamelin’s surprising game-winning reception.
Chamelin had his doubts that it would count as well.
“I couldn’t believe it honestly,” he said. “I didn’t think that I was in bounds when I caught it.”
“The team that was going to win the game tonight was the team that had the ball at the end of the game,” Glenn’s Stevenson said. “Luckily, we had the ball and came away with the win.”
This is a huge boost to a Glenn team who has now beaten Southwest, unbeaten before they faced the Bobcats, and now a good Northwest team. They have improved to (3-1) in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference and will look to continue their success when they host High Point Central and travel to Ragsdale to finish their season. Two teams that they could beat without much trouble if they continue to play the way they have the last three weeks. The possibility of finishing the season (5-1) is very real for the Bobcats.
Unfortunately for Northwest, who has already beaten Ragsdale, the possibility of finishing the season (5-1) will take extraordinary effort. The loss to Glenn makes their conference record (2-1). The Vikings still must face the dominant East Forsyth and Southwest Guilford, who started the season 6-0, but have lost two of their last three.
GLE 7 13 15 12 47
NWG 14 7 10 14 45
NWG: Jalen Spicer 12 pass from Jacob Leonard (Cody Creed kick)
GLE: Stephon Brown 10 run (Jared Jones kick)
NWG: Thomas Hennigan 1 run (Creed kick)
NWG: Tre’ Turner 46 pass from Leonard (Creed kick)
GLE: Dysaun Razzak 43 pass from Brown (Jones kick)
GLE: Razzak 5 pass from Brown (kick failed)
NWG: Creed 34 FG
NWG: Turner 20 Interception return (Creed kick)
GLE: Razzak 37 pass from Brown (Chris Goolsby catch)
GLE: Razzak 43 pass from Brown (Jones kick)
NWG: Turner 71 pass from Leonard (Creed kick)
GLE: Brown 5 run (kick blocked)
NWG: Turner 39 pass from Leonard (Creed kick)
GLE: Luke Chamelin 9 pass from Brown (kick failed)
Stephon Brown: 22-33 436yds, 5TD, INT, FUM; 15 car 109yds, 2TD
Dysaun Razzak: 10 rec 278yds, 4TD
Jaden Sutton: 21 car, 122 yds; 5rec 43yds
Luke Chamelin: 2 rec 19 yds, TD
Jacob Leonard: 14-21 289yds, 4TD, INT
Thomas Hennigan: 5-7 39yds; 17 car 124yds TD ; 5 rec 49yds
Tre’ Turner: 9 rec 189yds, 4TD