Northwest blanks Great Bend in unbeaten battle

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GREAT BEND, Kan. - The Northwest Grizzlies traveled to Great Bend and won a shutout 31 to 0 over the Panthers.

Wichita Northwest Grizzly #5 Julius Bolden rushes with the ball in the fourth quarter. The Wichita Northwest Grizzlies defeated the Great Bend Panthers by a score of 31 to 0 in a Week 3 matchup at Memorial Stadium in Great Bend, Kansas on September 20, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Great Bend hosted the Grizzlies on their Homecoming evening. This game also was the Panthers second of three home games in the regular season.

Northwest won the coin toss but deferred to the second half.

Great Bend took the ball from their 20-yard line after the opening kick off went for a touchback. The Panthers then methodically marched down the field over 14 plays to the five-yard line. On the next snap, the ball got away from quarterback Dalton Miller. Northwest's Jack Weins was there and recovered the ball for the Grizzlies.

Northwest's quarterback Reagan Jones then went to work. Great Bend took six minutes off the clock. It only took the Grizzlies two minutes to cover 95 yards and put up a touchdown, a 46-yard pass caught by Camden Aldrich. After the point after touchdown, Northwest lead 7 to 0.

Great Bend's next possession ended in a punt which put Northwest on the 27-yard line. Julius Bolden capped off the 73-yard drive with a 17-yard run to the end zone.

After trading punts, Great Bend took over on their 20-yard line. Dalton Miller took the ball to the 35-yard line of Northwest.

On the next play, he broke loose for a 25-yard run. While being tackled a Northwest defender hit Miller's hand and the ball came loose. The ball ended up in the end zone, and the Grizzlies recovered for a touchback.

"Dalton was trying to extend the play," said Great Bend Head Coach Erin Beck. "I'll always take a player who tries to get something more on a play. It's just unfortunate that his hand got hit in the right spot to loose the ball."

On the ensuing drive, Northwest stalled out on the six-yard line. Carson Arndt came on and hit the 23-yard field goal.

Northwest went into the locker room at halftime leading 17 to 0.

The Grizzlies came out of the break to receive the ball. They took it 80-yards over ten plays to score another touchdown on an 18-yard pass play. The lead now was 24 to 0.

On the kickoff, Great Bend fumbled the ball and Northwest recovered. With a short field, the Grizzlies put the last score of the night on the board with a Jamar Martin one-yard run. The score stood at 31 to 0 with 8:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Great Bend had one last chance to put points on the board. Alex Schremmer returned a punt 48-yards. With this start, the Panthers got the ball down to the 18-yard line. The drive stalled and they turned the ball over on downs.

"It was a good performance. We are a young team and taking our first road trip," said Northwest Head Coach Steve Martin. "We tried to handle as best as we could. We had to overcome 15 penalties. We're young and need to clean some things up."

Northwest improves to 3-0. They face West next week at home.

Great Bend records their first loss for a 2-1 record. They travel to Dodge City next Friday.


Great Bend defensive players carry off #5 Carsyn Schooler after he injured his hip in the second quarter. The Wichita Northwest Grizzlies defeated the Great Bend Panthers by a score of 31 to 0 in a Week 3 matchup at Memorial Stadium in Great Bend, Kansas on September 20, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)