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Mooseheart quarterback Will Nicholas (left) gets a block from Ricky Crawford as he heads up the sideline to score Mooseheart’s first touchdown in its 55-0 victory over North Shore Country Day. Nicholas ran for 2 touchdowns and passes for another TD in the win.
Mooseheart running back Joe Feemorlu (No. 25) uses a block by teammate JJ Odunsi to gain yardage against North Shore Country Day. Feemorlu gained 84 yards on 11 plays and returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown as the Ramblers improved to 3-0 for the season.
Mooseheart wide receiver JJ Odunsi runs after making one of his 4 receptions in Thursday’s Ramblers victory over North Shore Country Day. Odunsi gained 41 yards on those catches and scored one of the Ramblers 8 touchdowns with one of them.
MOOSEHEART, IL, Sept. 12 – There are games where one team is heavily favored on paper and then there are games when that dominance asserts itself on the football field.
Sometimes, the two are combined into one game, and on Thursday, Mooseheart continued its early season dominance with a 55-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory over North Shore Country Day to improve to 3-0 for the season.
"We're very happy to be 3-0," Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler said. "Obviously after the first third, we're where we'd like to be. 3-0 is a great start."
The Ramblers (3-0, 3-0) jumped on the Raiders (0-3, 0-3) from the opening moments of the game. Mooseheart kicked off, but recovered a fumble on the Raiders' 32 on the second play from scrimmage. From there, the Ramblers needed four plays to score when quarterback Will Nicholas scrambled into the end zone from 24 yards.
On North Shore Country Day's next possession, John Ranum intercepted a Jackson Gray pass and returned to the Raiders' 25-yard line. This time, the Ramblers needed two plays to score with Freddie Okito running from 8 yards.
Mooseheart took its lead to 20-0 with 20 seconds left in the quarter when JJ Odunsi caught a 14-yard touchdown pass.
The first half had a bit of the bizarre about it. There were called back touchdowns, fumbles, interceptions and an abundance of penalties. For the game, Mooseheart had three TDs called back because of penalties, the teams combined for 4 lost fumbles and there were 3 interceptions. Mooseheart had all the game's penalties - 11 for 70 yards.
"We still have a lot of things to work on as far as the mental part of the game," Urwiler said. "Physically, we're doing all right. But mentally, we are just having too many penalties and it's got to stop."
The Ramblers showed their offensive diversity throughout the contest. Eight different players ran the football, five players caught passes and the Ramblers used two quarterbacks. Six different players scored touchdowns.
"Something that we've had over the years is that we've had some depth in guys who can run the ball," Urwiler said. "We have a lot of guys who can run the ball this year and do well."
The team's leading ground gainer was Joe Feemorlu, who gained 84 yards on 11 carries and scored one of the team's eight touchdowns on a 70-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
"(Feemorlu's) running hard," Urwiler said.
For the season, Mooseheart has outscored the opposition 146-23 and the defense recorded its first shutout on Thursday.
"I said at the beginning of the year, we were going to have to mature quickly, and we're doing some good things," Urwiler said.
After surviving the shortest period between games on the 2013 schedule, the Ramblers now had a gap in games until their Sept. 21 contest at Luther North.
"We have another third of the season coming and we're going to break it down and look at that," Urwiler said. "Luther North's been playing some great football. They made the playoffs last year. They're going to come out and play tough and want to win."
Mooseheart 20 13 15 7 - 55
North Shore 0 0 0 0 - 0
MH—Nicholas 24 run (Nicholas run)
MH—Okito 8 run (run failed)
MH—Odunsi 14 pass from Nicholas (pass failed)
MH—Nicholas 4 run (kick failed)
MH—Estes 3 run (Feemorlu kick)
MH—Okito 33 run (Feemorlu kick)
MH—Safety, fumble out of end zone
MH—Feemorlu 70 kickoff return (kick failed)
MH—Johnson 33 run (Young kick)
First Downs 16
Passing yards 104
Total yards 406
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