by Bill Turner
Both teams entered the contest 2-0 and both were expected to battle to establish the running game. But, Northside struck early and often with a passing attack that gave the Vikings the 45-21 win over Cave Spring at Dwight Bogle Stadium last Friday night.
Northside quarterback Adam Hardister and his Viking teammates played a virtually flawless first half to put Cave Spring in a hole they could never escape. Continually converting on third down, Northside rolled to a 31-15 halftime advantage mostly on the arm of Hardister. The senior QB finished the game with 257 passing yards on 14-of-22 throwing and three touchdowns. Tyler Fisher was Hardister’s primary target, pulling in seven catches for 128 yards and two TDs. The Vikings reverted to the ground in the second half to maintain control.
“Our team really played a solid game,” Northside head coach Burt Torrence said at midfield after the game. “This has always been a rivalry game. Our kids were able to get up, and the offense was clicking. It’s good to get a win.”
After falling behind 14-0 early, Cave Spring was able to get to within striking distance at 21-15 before Northside rallied with the final ten points of the first half.
Cave Spring relied on the running game all night as senior running back Sam Wright rushed for 206 yards on 33 carries. Wright, who had scored eight touchdowns in the Knight’s first two wins, added another with a six-yard score in the second quarter. Cave Spring QB Reece Kingery threw for 99 yards including a 44-yard touchdown hookup with Jordan Bryant in the fourth quarter.
“We were really concerned about Sam Wright,” Torrence added. “He’s the real deal.”
On the ground, Northside got a pair of touchdowns from Jeremy Williams. The Viking efficiency was best displayed by the fact that they never punted and had no turnovers in the contest.
“We were beat by a good football team,” Cave Spring head coach Tim Fulton pointed out. “They made few mistakes.”