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PAUL BERSEBACH, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Northwood's Kevin Norman celebrates after scoring against Woodbridge during their game Friday.

Turnovers help Northwood stun Woodbridge

OCVARSITY.COM

IRVINE - Northwood opened Pacific Coast League play upsetting preseason league favorite Woodbridge, 21-10, Friday night at Irvine High.

"Our kids played really well, but they're a great football team," said Northwood coach Rick Curtis. "We played pretty much mistake-free football, and that's what we needed to do.

"We had no turnovers, and our defense played lights-out. That offense is unbelievable."

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Quarterback Kevin Norman led the charge, scoring two touchdowns and throwing for another to lead the Timberwolves (2-4, 1-0).

Norman passed for 153 yards and rushed for 81 yards.

"We just stepped up; our role players really played a big part in this," Norman said. "Our offensive line did a great job, and our running back John Edmond and our tight end Jonathan Albright made some great plays. The defense stepped up big, too; it was a team effort.

"It's a huge win for us. No one picked us to win. We just came out and shocked the world."

Woodbridge (2-4, 0-1) cut the lead to 21-10 when quarterback Matt Callahan connected with David McCutchan on a 15-yard TD with 11:09 left in the game.

Later in the quarter, the Warriors moved the ball to the Northwood 30-yard line, but on a fourth-and-9 play with 2:33 remaining, Norman, at who also plays defensive back, knocked down a pass attempt in the end zone to seal the victory.

"We had three turnovers in critical situations, one when we were going in for a score," Woodbridge coach Rick Gibson said. "We just haven't done that all year and they capitalized. They had no turnovers. My hat is off to their coaches and players."

Norman put Northwood ahead when he scored on a 1-yard keeper with 5:55 left in the first quarter. He also scored on an 8-yard TD run with 8:38 left in the second quarter to give the Timberwolves a 14-0 lead.

Northwood then moved ahead, 21-0, when Norman hooked up with Albright on a 5-yard TD pass with 2:56 left in the second quarter.


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