Danbury tailback Cody German gains some of his total 115 rushing yards against a stingy Northwood defense Friday.
Photos by John Kozak
Competing against the top team in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, Danbury held its own against Northwood for 2 ½ quarters before the Rangers pulled away for a 48-19 win.
Northwood, which improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the TAAC with the victory, has won nine of the last 12 league titles. They took a 6-0 lead with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter on a 16-yard-run by Dominik Bermejo.
The Rangers, who have won five consecutive games, pushed the lead to 20-0 at halftime behind a 41-yard run by Jacob Davenport and a 14-yard pass from Mike Vallejo to Scott Slater.
Early in the third quarter, Seth Vargo hit James Dorko on an 82-yard pass to cut the deficit to 20-7 before Northwood responded with three touchdowns to make it 41-7.
Danbury punter James Dorko boots this ball downfield against TAAC opponent Northwood game.
Vargo had a 3-yard touchdown run with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter and Jimmy Chamberlain caught a 41-yard touchdown from Vargo nearly five minutes later.
“We played well,” said Danbury head coach Bryan Dudash. “We took their best shot and didn't back down; we did some really good things. We had over 450 yards of total offense and a lot of it was against their (starters). Last year it was 59-0.
“The defense did okay. We had a bad day with the special teams, many long kickoff returns (for Northwood) and bad punts. The main thing was the offense got first downs and ran the clock.”
Danbury flanker Jim Chamberlin snags this over-the-head 30-yard pass from Seth Vargo.
Vargo finished 12-of-25 passing for 219 yards and one touchdown and one interception and ran for a score. Chamberlain caught six passes for 124 yards and a score, Dorko had one reception for 82 yards and a touchdown and running back Cody German carried the ball 25 times for 115 yards.
This week, the Lakers, who are now 2-5 and 1-3 in the league, travel to Ottawa Hills (2-5, 2-2 TAAC) to face a Green Bears team that is coming off a 21-14 victory over Cardinal Stritch.
Ottawa Hills, a playoff team in each of the last two seasons, defeated the Lakers, 45-22, last year, but is having a down year in 2013.