LAYTON -- If the Knights were going to go down to winless Weber, it was at least going to be on their own terms.
As it turned out, the outcome was never really in doubt as Northridge broke out its big-play arsenal, scoring early and and often in a 56-21 romp over the visiting Warriors.
"Coming out of the Fremont game (a 27-14 loss a week ago) we felt that we were too conservative in a tight game and that we needed to open it up and take more chances," Northridge coach Erik Thompson said. "We tried to do that tonight and fortunately I've got one of the best (quarterbacks) in the state and he made great decisions. (Weber) does a great job on defense confusing you and they bring pressure every time, but we just kept fighting and fortunately when we did make plays our kids finished and got into the end zone."
The quick-strike Northridge offense burned Weber repeatedly in the first half with nine plays in excess of 20 yards en route to rolling up 42 points in the opening 24 minutes.
Shifty play maker David Adams had a stellar evening for Northridge, scoring four touchdowns to go with 77 yards rushing on only eight carries. Adams took a sweep 40 yards for a score on Northridge's first possession and then scored on a one-yard plunge late in the first quarter to make it 14-0.
The second Adams TD kicked off a scoring frenzy that put 27 points on the scoreboard in less than three minutes. Mason Schlange scored on a 40-yard pass play
from quarterback Jason Mann on Weber's ensuing possession to make it 14-6, but the Knights answered back with a 60-yard touchdown run from Zach Hayes and then a
25-yard Karson Casteel to Adams connection after the Warriors fumbled the kickoff. Casteel finished the first half scoring barrage with a pair of scoring tosses to
Kalen Larsen. The Knights used a total of only 5:41 of game clock to score their first six touchdowns.
Adams tacked on a seven-yard run in the third quarter and Jaeger Allred returned an interception 45 yards to paydirt to account for the Northridge scoring. Brad
Boswell tossed a late 39-yard TD to Dallon Green to wrap things up for the Warriors.
In just over three quarters of action, Casteel was 14-for-19 for 215 yards and three touchdowns.