Friday, September 15, 2017
Addison High School
In terms of conference title implications, this was the game of the week in the Jackson-area and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Napoleon’s Darren Hampton found Ethan Weatherspoon on the third play from scrimmage for a 64-yard touchdown.
Addison showed it wouldn’t fold right away when Dakota Knieper scored on an 82-yard kickoff return. The Panthers then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and on the first play from scrimmage, Donovan Underwood found Garrett Bernath for a 40-yard touchdown.
After a Jayden Ballnik field goal, Collin Bradley returned a scoop-and-score 62 yards with just 18 seconds left in the half to give Napoleon the 17-16 lead.
Underwood would find Bernath on a 90-yard touchdown pass and on the first play of the fourth quarter Hunter Dart punched in a one-yard score to give the Panthers a 32-17 lead.
Napoleon then drove the field, punctuated by a Duncan Wilson touchdown to cut the lead to 32-24. The Pirates got the ball back with less than four minutes to play when Hampton found Weatherspoon for a 77-yard touchdown score. The two-point conversion was no good and the Panthers would hold on for the 32-30 win to gain sole possession of first place in the Cascades Conference.
Hampton finished the game 9-of-18 with 186 yards and two touchdowns. Weatherspoon had three receptions for 157 yards and two scores.
Hunter Dart carried the ball 23 times for 94 yards and one touchdown, while Underwood completed 4-oof-7 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Bernath had 130 of those yards and hauled in both touchdowns.