SYRACUSE -- Northridge and Syracuse combined to display a little something for everyone Friday evening.
The contest featured explosive offense, timely turnovers, a couple of flat out weird sequences and a game-saving play as time expired.
In the end, the Knights rolled up 523 yards of total offense - but turned the ball over four times against one of class 5-A's top defenses -- before Alex Trotter came off the edge and batted down Syracuse's 46-yard field goal attempt as the clock hit zero, to give Northridge a 28-25 win.
After racing out of the gates and building a 14-0 first quarter lead, the Knights had to stage a come-from-behind effort to knock off the Titans.
"It kind of felt like Lady Luck was against us," Northridge coach Erik Thompson said. "We felt like we were moving the ball and we said at halftime if we're going to go down then we're going to go down playing our style of football. We figured that if (Syracuse) was going to play a 'cover zero', then we were going to take some shots (down the field)."
After exchanging punts to start the game, the Knights got on the scoreboard when Davy Adams took a toss around left end from eight yards out. On Northridge's following possession, it punched in its second touchdown when Jaeger Allredpulled down a pass from Karson Casteel on a streak down the middle of the field for a 65-yard completion.
With its offense struggling, Syracuse got a huge break after a punt pinned the Knights on their own two-yard line.
Punting out of the end zone, Northridge's Alex Trotter kicked the ball into the back of his teammate, shooting the ball straight up in the air and into the awaiting arms of Alex Vanderloo for a Syracuse touchdown.
A pair of interceptions and a fumble inside Syracuse territory were the only things that could slow the Northridge attack in the first half. Casteel's second pick led to a 25-yard field goal by Brock Anderson to cut the lead to 14-10 at the half.
It got even stranger for the Knights in the third quarter when a Northridge fumble at the Titan 30 somehow resulted in offensive lineman Corey Cook emerging from the scrum with the ball and rumbling down the field to the Northridge one. A play later, quarterback Trevor Davis punched it in to give Syracuse a 14-10 lead.
Northridge regained the lead for good when Adams caught a sideline pass from Casteel late in the third quarter andraced 71 yards for a score. Adams was a workhorse, rushing 14 times for 116 yards, catching five passes for 155 yards and intercepting a pass.
The Knights extended the lead to 28-17 on a three-yard sneak from Casteel with 7:44 to play, setting the stage for last gasp effort from Syracuse. The Titans drove 78 yards for a score, capped by a five-yard Davis to Matt Dunston pass play.
A two-point conversion made it 28-25 with 3:24 to play. After holding the Knights on downs, the Titans took over at their own eight with under a minute to play and moved to the Northridge 29 where Trotter blocked the game-tying field goal attempt.
* VIEWMONT 28, TAYLORSVILLE 7: At Bountiful, the Vikings controlled the game from start to finish, improving to 2-0 in league play and 5-2 overall.
Josh Staples fired a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another in the victory.
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 36, DIAMOND RANCH 26: At Layton, the Eagles got their running attack all revved up and cruised to their second win of the year.
LCA tallied 356 yards of total offense, much of it on the ground. Eleven runners tallied 309 yards, paced by Jaques Carter's 116 yards.
Kyle Yockey tossed a pair of TD passes to Colin Greenhill and Quincy Mason early for LCA, and Carter ran for two TDs and Brandon Faison added a 72-yard TD scamper to close out the scoring.
Faison had five tackles and an interception on defense, while Greenhill had five stops and recovered a fumble and Cameron Long added five tackles for the home team.