North Star survives late Thunder storm to clinch playoff spot
By Harry Lipsiea
It was a tale of two halves when the Hatton-Northwood and North Star football teams clashed in Cando. An explosive offensive exhibition, however, was enough to catapult the Bearcats to a 27-24 victory Saturday afternoon.
Even more important than the improvement of North Star's record to 6-2 was the fact that the veteran squad punched its ticket to the 9-Man State football playoffs. By knocking off the then 6-1 Thunder, the Bearcats helped create a three-way tie for the second seed in Region 2 with Hatton-Northwood, Thompson and North Star all boasting a 6-2 record.
Due to point differential, the Bearcats enter the post-season as the fourth seed and will travel to take on Region 1 champion Lamoure-Litchville-Marion Saturday afternoon.
To officially seal their place in the playoffs, North Star pulled off what many was an upset against Hatton-Northwood. As the team has done all season long, the Bearcats used a high-flying passing game to get the job done offensively.
Set up by a Johnny Heisler run, a 16-yard spiral to Alex Weston gave North Star an early 7-0 lead.
The Bearcats struck again late in the first. Looking for a first down on fourth and short, the home team found paydirt. On a designed quarterback run, Komrosky waited for the play develop, as his line opened up a nice hole, dashed 55 yards for a touchdown.
The Thunder answered back using a pair of long runs by logan Vettleson to set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Pladson to Adrian Carillo to make the score 13-6 after one quarter.
From there, the Bearcats put their foot on the gas. A fumble recovery and a pass from Komrosky to Weston put North Star in position for its next touchdown. Komrosky plunged into the endzone from a yard out to give his team a 20-6 advantage.
In the final seconds of the second, the Bearcats found their way back into the end zone. After two straight long pass plays behind the arm of Komrosky, the sophomore found Weston in the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. The home team led 27-6 at the half.
The Thunder battled its way back. Two passing touchdowns for Hatton-Northwood cut its deficit to 27-18 going into the fourth.
Hatton-Northwood continued its late push with another scoring drive in the final period. With three minutes left, the Thunder got within three at 27-24.
After a North Star turnover, Hatton-Northwood had an opportunity to take a lead in the last minute of the game. The Bearcat defense came up with a turnover of their own as the secondary hauled in an interception.
With the key defensive play, the Bearcats earned the 27-24 triumph.
Komrosky was very efficient through the air finishing 14-of-18 passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a pair of scores on the ground. Weston caught eight passes for 103 yards