The Northwest Grizzlies wanted to come out and prove that they were a physical football team.
Southeast gave them plenty of chances to do so.
Behind a breakout game from Demarcus Robinson and six Southeast turnovers, the Grizzlies defeated the Buffaloes 33-19 on Friday night, at Northwest.
The game was billed as a match-up between the City League’s two running backs, in Robinson and Southeast senior Joseph Randle. While Randle didn’t disappoint, it was Robinson who stole the show. Robinson, who has committed to Kansas State, rushed for a season-high 274 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.
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Robinson had seven carries of 10 or more yards, including touchdown runs of 47 and 52 yards.
The Grizzlies pounded out 307 rushing yards.
“The offensive line really played great and we had a great game -plan,” Robinson said. “We knew that we would have to make big plays and we came up with some on offense and defense.”
Southeast did its best to keep up with Northwest, however turnovers plagued the Buffaloes.
Southeast had three fumbles and quarterback Jeremiah Plowden threw three interceptions, stopping any momentum that the Buffaloes gained with scores or defensive stops. The Grizzlies scored 12 points off of turnovers.
After capping a 52-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown run by Plowden, the Buffaloes trailed 27-19 with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
After Southeast forced the Grizzlies to go three-and-out, Plowden threw an interception to end the quarter in what proved to be the Buffaloes’ last legitimate comeback attempt.
Southeast turned the ball over on both its fourth-quarter possessions.
“Anytime you turn the ball over a lot you’re going to have problems and we had problems,” Southeast coach Gary Guzman said. “We didn’t execute. We still had a chance even with the mistakes — that makes it even more disappointing.”
Northwest jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, going 58 yards on its first series with Robinson finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Grizzlies scored their second touchdown of the quarter on a 19-yard pass from Ethan Chadick to Donivan Moore.
Southeast rebounded in the second quarter. On the first play from scrimmage, Randle raced down the right sideline for a 44-yard score. Randle was quiet after that, finishing with 71 yards on 11 carries.
Robinson extended the lead back to 13 with a 47-yard dash of his own. However, Southeast answered back with Plowden scoring on a 57-yard run just before halftime.
Southeast (2-3, 2-2) 0 13 6 0 —19Northwest (3-2, 3-2) 13 7 7 6 —33
NW—Robinson 1 run (Drake Kick)
NW—Moore 19 pass from Chadick (run failed)
SE—Randle 44 run (Rhodes kick)
NW—Robinson 47 run (Drake kick)
SE—Plowden 57 run (kick failed)
NW—Robinson 52 run (Drake kick)
SE—Plowden 9 run (kick failed)
NW—Drake 40 FG
NW—Drake 32 FG
Rushing—Southeast, Randle 11-71, Plowden 7-71, Metcalfe 1-0. Northwest, Robinson 36-274, Heithaus 7-19, Thurman 5-18, Hubbard 1-1, Etheridge 1-(minus 1), Chadick 2-(minus 4).
Passing—Plowden 6-7-91-1. Northwest, Chadick 5-9-35.
Receiving—Southeast, Taylor 2-41, Tillman 1-22, Le 1-13, Bluma 1-11, Carter, 1-4. Northwest, Moore 1-19, Heithaus 1-11, Rivera 1-13, Oliver 1-0, Etheridge 1-(minus 5) .