Northwest uses second half to stop Kapaun, improves to substate

Northwest tops Kapaun Mt. Carmel in first meeting of 2020
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 11:39 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Wichita Northwest faced its toughest test on the season in the playoffs as Kapaun Mt Carmel pushed the Grizzlies to the second half where they came away with a 26-14 win.

In a normal season, these two teams would meet during the regular season in a city league battle but with Kapaun joining the WAC for the season that game was scratched.

With a trip to the substate title game on the line, both teams held tough in the first half. Kapaun found the end zone first with Andrew Gimino passing to Ethan Stuhlsatz who fought off a Grizzly defender to gt into the end zone.

On the ensuing kick, Geremiah Moore responded with a huge play to help turn the momentum in favor for Northwest.

That momentum would soon turn with a defensive touchdown from George Traglia intercepted a Mason Ross pass. That score would go on to put the Crusaders back on top for the time being.

Northwest took the lead thanks to a long run from Julius Bolden that set up Jaden Wheeler from up close.

The Grizzlies would prove big on defense coming away with takeaways in the first half. Joziah Hill picked off a Gimino pass which allowed Northwest to take the lead with a field goal just before halftime.

Northwest dominated the second half, holding Kapaun scoreless and pouring on the points.

The Grizzlies improve to face off against another would-be city league opponent, Bishop Carroll for a chance to play in the state title game.

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