Eltzroth, Viking 'D' stymies Norwell

Brock Eltzroth, a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity football team, gets tackled after making an interception and returning it to Norwell’s two-yard line during a game on Friday, Oct. 5, at Kriegbaum Field. Eltzroth finished with two interceptions and the Vikings dispatched the Knights, 17-7.
Brock Eltzroth, a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity football team, gets tackled after making an interception and returning it to Norwell’s two-yard line during a game on Friday, Oct. 5, at Kriegbaum Field. Eltzroth finished with two interceptions and the Vikings dispatched the Knights, 17-7. Photo by Steve Clark.

A strong defensive performance lifted the Huntington North High School varsity football team to a 17-7 victory over Norwell on Friday, Oct. 5, at Kriegbaum Field.

The Vikings disrupted the Knights’ offense, racking up a total of four turnovers. Senior defensive back Brock Eltzroth accounted for half of that total with two interceptions. Junior defensive back Deven Newcomb also grabbed an interception while senior defensive lineman Christian Graft jumped on top of a fumble.

Eltzroth’s first pick set up Huntington North’s initial score. After snagging a pass from Norwell quarterback Eli Riley, Eltzroth returned it to the Knights’ two-yard line. Senior running back Logan Hippensteel took over after that, punching the ball in to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. Following a scoreless second quarter, the teams traded touchdowns in the third before Huntington North kicker Aidan Hosler gave the hosts some breathing room with a 37-yard field goal in the final frame.

The Vikings, 3-5, 2-4 in Northeast 8 Conference play, held the Knights’ offense to 289 yards. Senior defensive back Jackson Holzinger led the Huntington North defense with seven tackles, two of which were sacks. Senior linebacker Charlie Agnew logged six stops.

The Huntington North offense amassed 276 yards. Senior quarterback Brett Kaylor threw for 134 yards on 13 of 24 marksmanship. Freshman wide receiver Zach Hubartt made two catches for 46 yards while senior receiver Andrew Smekens caught three passes for 41 yards.

On the ground, Hippensteel finished with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

With the loss, Norwell falls to 2-6, 1-5 in conference play.