SHICKSHINNY — Northwest's attempt at a fourth-quarter rally fell short as backup quarterback Marcus Welliver's pass fell incomplete through his receiver's hands in a 16-14 non-conference loss to Susquehanna on Friday night.
Despite the wide-open drop, the Rangers' fate was decided thoroughly throughout the game with successful drives stalling on penalties and mental mistakes.
"We had an opportunity to win this football game. We drove down, but we dropped an open pass, but it's not his fault," Northwest coach Carl Majer said. "One play, and that doesn't describe a football game. We win as a team and we lose as a team."
Northwest had opportunities as it moved the ball well, mixing up offensive packages with wildcat variations and spread receiver sets, but a crucial safety set the Rangers back even further in their quest at a game-winning drive.
SUS – Cole Mallery 1 run (Trey Hillard kick), 2:11
NW – Tony Politz 53 run (Tyler Pegarella kick blocked), 10:35
SUS – James Murnock 1 run (Hillard kick), 4:05
NW – Meininger 32 pass from Marcus Welliver (Welliver Pass), 10:55
SUS – Safety, 6:10
RUSHING – SUS: Colle Mallery 15-98, Austin White 17-73, James Murnock 16-70, Brett Hepler 3-6; NW: Tony Politz 21-158, Austin Mazonkey 6-12, Marcus Welliver 1-11, Jogan Womelsdorf 1-(minus-6)
PASSING – SUS: White 3-7-0 39 yds; NW: Welliver 8-16 120 yds, Womesldorf 0-4-0 0 yds
RECEIVING –SUS: Zack Vaughn 3-39; NW: Nick Long 3-52, Tyler Meininger 1-32, Tyler Pegarella 2-19, Tony Politz 2-17
INTS – None
MISSED FGS – NW