Cougars lose in overtime 38–31

Northwest took the field against SM West on Sept. 9 without starting quarterback, Colton Dirks who was out due to a shoulder injury. Junior Lucas Karlin started in his place.

Quarterback Lucas Karlin looks for an open receiver. Photo by David Freyermuth

Northwest went three and out on their first two offensive possessions as Karlin did not throw a single pass. SM West then got off to a quick start as their quarterback Armani Williams ran for nine yards into the end zone. The rest of the half was dominated by SM West as they intercepted Karlin twice, once for a touchdown. The first half ended with the Vikings on top 24-7.

At the half, the game was shaping up to be the second blow out loss suffered by Northwest. Things got off to a good start for the Cougars however, as sophomore Jake Horner returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.

Northwest rallied and the defense stepped up, forcing SM West to punt multiple times. Senior Danny Manning ran for two touchdowns, junior Jorn Winklemolen kicked a 29 yard field goal and Jake Horner recovered a fumble and scored, ultimately giving Northwest a 31-24 lead.

With less than three minutes to play SM West’s running back Tre Burt caught a wide open touchdown for almost 50 yards. Northwest ran hard down the field as senior Austin Vanderpool led the rushing attack. This set Winklemolen up for a 27 yard field goal attempt with four seconds to play. Winklemolen missed the field goal, and the game headed into overtime.

SM West struck first with a rushing touchdown from Williams. The Cougars then got the ball as they were faced with a fourth down and three yards to go. Needing the touchdown, Vanderpool pushed ahead but was stopped inches short of the goal line, ending the game in a Viking’s victory.

Northwest lost the game 38-31, however they staged an amazing comeback as they scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. The game will enter the loss column, but this will surely be a confidence booster for the Cougars.