LAYTON — Fourteen penalties, four botched snaps and a red zone interception.
Northridge had its share of self-inflicted struggles, but was still way too much for the outclassed and overmatched Westlake Thunder. David Adams found the end zone four times as the Knights rolled to a 42-7 victory.
“It was a sloppy first half and we weren’t happy about that,” head coach Erik Thompson said. “The thing that I was the most happy with is that the kids on this team always have a positive attitude and just keep playing hard. There are enough playmakers on this team that if we’ll play hard, then any play can go to the house.
“Davy is an absolute fierce competitor that always wants the ball and has a knack for making plays. A lot of Davy’s credit goes to (fullback) Dallin (Issacson). That kid flat out loves to block and blocks his butt off. He paves the way for Davy.”
The Knights took their first possession of the game down to the Thunder eight, but Nate Kusuda’s pass was intercepted at the goal line by Chase Moulton. It turned out to be one of Westlake’s few highlights of the evening.
On Northridge’s following opportunity, Adams scampered into the end zone from seven yards out. He then scored on a cut back 33-yard run before extending the lead to 21 by hauling in a Kusuda pass from 16 yards out with 1:12 left in the first half.
Adams picked up right where he left off coming out of the locker room. He caught a Kusuda pass cutting across the grain for a 12-yard touchdown – his eleventh of the year – before calling it a night. He finished with five catches for 74 yards and 104 yards rushing on only eight carries in 2 ½ quarters of action.
Isaacson extended the Northridge advantage to 35-0 with a 29-yard run. After Northridge fumbled a punt, the Thunder finally scored with 2:20 to play, but sophomore Dayan Lake returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for another Knight touchdown.