Brogan says there’s work to do, but Lumen rolls to 41-6 victory over Northwest
By Mike Moore
Jackson – With one knee to the ground, Liam Daly let the final few seconds of the first half tick away.
And with that, Lumen Christi technically didn’t score on every possession.
The other four times with the ball all ended in the end zone, and that’s the kind of day it was for the Titans’ offense, which rolled to a 41-6 victory at home against Northwest Saturday afternoon.
“We’re really blocking well up front,” coach Herb Brogan said. “The strength of our team is the offensive line. We have a couple backs who are explosive, but I thought we blocked really well.”
Lumen got the ball first, and made the most of the opening drive, covering 55 yards to take a 7-0 lead when Josh Marsh scored on a 36-yard run.
Northwest showed its ability to move the ball as well, getting all the way to the Lumen 18 yard line before failing to convert on fourth down.
The Titans made them pay, going 82 yards in nearly three minutes. Daly capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
Trailing 14-0, Northwest then used nearly five minutes on a 61-yard drive and Logan Everett scored on a 6-yard run.
But Lumen came right back, again getting a 36-yard touchdown run from Bo Bell to go up 21-6, stripping Northwest of the ball on the ensuing possession, and then getting a 5-yard run from Daly shortly after to take a 28-6 halftime lead.
Daly hit Dillon Guilfoil on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Jeff Barks capped the scoring with a 4-yard run late in the fourth.
Marsh led Lumen’s rushing attack with 122 yards on eight carries, while Bell added 120 yards on 11 carries. Daly had 56 yards rushing and completed all three passes for 37 yards.
Lumen’s offense finished the game with 387 yards, 332 of which came on the ground.
For Northwest, Ryan Crowley completed 12-of-23 passes for 179 yards and was intercepted once.
Everett led the rushing attack with 48 yards on 16 carries, while Joey Winkle had five receptions for 56 yards as Northwest finished with 241 total yards and won the time of possession 33:43 to 26:17.
“We were missing some defensive kids and that affected the way we played,” Brogan said of his defense, which allowed Northwest in the redzone four times. “I thought we played solid offensively, but we have to get better defensively. We’re not playing with the passion we need to play with in order to be successful the next few weeks.”
Lumen, now 4-0, takes on Marshall (3-1) next Friday in a game being played at Albion College.
Northwest (0-4) takes on Coldwater (4-0).
Lumen played the game without Nolan Crowley, Wyatt Plate and Karim Harris.
Brogan said he’s hoping all three will be healthy enough to play against Marshall.