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Keller Fossil Ridge gets complete game from quarterback Jacob Gnacinski in win over Justin Northwest
JUSTIN — If it were a baseball game, Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Jacob Gnacinski would have been the starting and closing pitchers for Ridge in their 28-10 win over Justin Northwest on Friday.
Gnacinski and Ridge came out firing in the first half, throwing for 162 yards and three passing touchdowns, leading to a 28-3 halftime lead.
In the second half, the 4.6, 40-yard dash running quarterback pounded his way through the middle of the field, acting as the game’s closer.
The majority of his 57 rushing yards came in the second half.
Gnacinski’s main target through the game was wide receiver Niron Fields, who tallied 59 yards on 5 receptions and scored two receiving touchdowns.
He highlighted a drive in the second quarter that saw him pull in a 35-yard pass over a Northwest defensive back, to cap off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown grab, again in traffic, on the very net play.
“We were just expecting that they were going to double-cover Ryan Parker, so I expected Niron would be open,” Gnacinski said.
However, that didn’t keep Parker from leading the team in receiving yards with 80 on 4 catches.
The vast majority of his yards came on a 65-yard connection from Gnacinski in the first quarter that ended with Parker scampering into the end zone for Fossil Ridge’s second score of the game.
Ridge (4-1, 2-0 in District 4-5A) capped off it’s scoring in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown rush by Keshawn Mitchell that followed a kickoff fumble recovery.
The fumble was forced by a big hit on Northwest wide receiver Emmanuel Moore, who had to be carted off the field on a stretcher after spending close to 20 minutes down on the field.
There was some slight leg movement while Morrison was on the ground, but his condition after the game was unknown.
Mitchell finished the night as the game’s leading rusher with 120 yards to add to his one rushing touchdown.
Northwest (4-1, 1-1 in District 4-5A) managed to get on the board late in the second quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Chris Hamilton, but would not be able to find the scoreboard again until late in the third when Chase Morrison dove into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run.
Morrison’s scoring run was one of several spectacular plays he made during the game, which were a part of a 131 yard receiving night, averaging 11.9 yards per catch.
Northwest quarterback Jesse Drummer finished with 174 yards passing and one late game interception.