Janesville and Northwood-Kensett took different paths Friday night after both coming in unbeaten in District 3. The winner would now control the district race.
It would be a wild start for the Wildcats. In the second play of the game, Janesville fumbled in the end zone, and the Northwood-Kensett Vikings recovered.
Two minutes later, on Janesville's second possession, 10 plays into the drive and the Wildcats' Noah Dodd dropped back and connected through the air for what appeared to be a touchdown -- but the Vikings picked it off instead for the second touchback early in the game.
The Vikings took over and, on the first play, quarterback Joshua Einertson faked the hand-off, kept it himself and found a seam. He was off down the left side of the field for a 41-yard run after finally getting ripped out of bounds by the Wildcats.
Two plays later, Einertson handed the ball off to #44 Coleby Bratrud. He barely gets the ball over the line for the score. The two-point conversion was good, and the Vikings lead 8-zip.
The Wildcats would take only five plays to make things all squared up. Noah Dodd would find #86 Jake Thode wide open. Thode would turn and find a path to the end zone and gets "leveled" -- but he's OK. The two-point conversion was good, and it is 8-all.
Second quarter action and the Vikings' 11th play, and #44 Bratrud got the call again for a one-yard plunge. The two-point conversion failed, but the Vikes still lead 14 to 8.
But Janesville said, "forget about it." Noah Dodd took the ball, faked a hand-off, scrambled and threw it deep to connect with #11 Josiah Hovenga, who turns and sprints it in for a 50-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the Wildcats are back on top 16 to 14.
Nearly seven minutes later, the Wildcats were back on the move. Dodd scrambled for his life, nearly getting torn down twice, but he somehow composed himself to loft it deep to the corner and finds #6 Nick Nelson, who ran it in from three yards out.
The two point conversion failed. It was 22 to 14 going into the half.
The Wildcats run wild in the 2nd half, winning 45 to 20.
Written by Joe Surma, KWWL Sports