NC travelled to Delta Friday night and lost a hard fought 56-49 game to the Eagles. It was a battle of wills, as Delta never threw the ball once as they had the leading rusher in the state coming in(Charlie Spiegal), and NC only ran the ball when QB Niah Williamson scrambled. Delta only stopped NC twice, but NC could only stop Delta once and that was the difference in the game.
Delta took the kickoff and marched down the field as Spiegal scored to make it 7-0 Delta. NC answered with a 4 play 64 yard drive, capped off by a Williamson to Luke Bumbalough pass covering 57 yards. Carter Brown added the extra point and we were tied at 7. Delta received the kickoff and took 4 1/2 minutes to score to go up 14-7. NC answered again on a 5 play 66 yard drive as Williamson found Bumbalough for a 52 yard TD. Brown was good and it was 14 all after 1.
Delta scored on another 4 minute drive as Spiegal ran it in to make it 21-14 Eagles. NC answered right back on a 11 play 82 yard drive as Williamson again found Bumbalough from 7 yards out and Brown added the P.A.T. to tie it at 21. Delta marched on a 4 minute drive to go up 28-21 with Spiegal scoring again with 2 minutes and 18 seconds left in the half. NC got the ball and Williamson hit Bumbalough on a 45 yard gain to tske it doen to the 6. With only 8 seconds left in the half, Williamson ran it in from 6 yards out and Brown hit the P.A.T. and we were tied at 28 at the half.
NC got the ball to start the 3rd quarter and took only 2 minutes as Williamson found Triston Chesher for a 20 yard TD. Brown was good and NC led 35-28. Delta took 5 minutes off the clock as Spiegal scored again to tie it at 35. On NC’s next possession, a Delta defender jumped in front of a Williamson pass and returned it 53 yards for a TD, giving Delta a 42-35 lead. NC wasted no time in answering back, as they went on a 6 play 67 yard drive in 1:10 and Bumbalough caught his 4th TD of the game, this one a 31 yarder. Brown hit again and we were tied at 42. Just 45 seconds later, Spiegal broke through the line and ran 74 yards for a TD, giving Delta a 49-42 lead after 3.
At the start of the 4th, NC faced a 4th and 10 and Williamson completed a 12 yard pass to Chesher, but a suspect holding call nullified the play. NC went for it again and Chesher appeared to be hit before the ball got there, but no call was made and the Trojans turned it over on downs. Spiegal scored again, aided by a no call on an obvious hold and Delta went up 56-42. The Trojans never quit, as NC went on a 12 play, 71 yard drive taking 2:58 of gametime and Williamson found Nicholas Grieser on a 10 yard TD to cut it to 56-49. NC needed one more stop, but couldn’t get it as Delta went for it on 4th and 2 and got it with 2:03 left, thus sealing the victory for them.
Offensively, it was 5 wide all the time, and Williamson again had a huge night. He completed 36-61 passes for 468 yards and 6 TDs. He now holds the career passing TD record with 39 and is averaging 400.3 yards a game. He also ran the ball 4 times for 29 yards and a TD and has accounted for all 36 Trojan TDs on the year. Bumbalough had 11 catches for 257 yards and 4 TDs to move to 19 receiving TDs on the season. Tytus Ragle was a chain mover, catching 11 balls for 100 yards. Triston Chesher had 6 catches for 50 yards and a TD, Nicholas Grieser 5 catches for 45 yards and a TD, and James Thompson 3 for 27 yards.
Defensively, Grieser and Stephen Spears led the way with 15 total tackles. Freshman Dylan Beck had 12, Dalton Clouse 10, Chandler Marcum 8, Bryton Tuttle, Travis Reeves, and Bryce Pinkard 7 each.
It was a great crowd as many travelled to see the game. WTHR was there all game, and the Muncie Star Press live streamed the game. The boys are making waves and people are noticing. Thanks to all who came and cheered us on.
NC moves to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the HHC. We host Mt.Vernon next week on Saturday at 1 PM as it is homecoming. Come out and cheer these boys on.