LAYTON -- While it was bitter cold outside, the Knights warmed up to the task at hand after halftime.
Northridge scored five touchdowns in the second half to break open a defensive battle and ice the Weber Warriors 36-27 in a televised Region 1 football game on Thursday evening.
The Knights scored three touchdowns in a six-and-half minute span of the third quarter to open a 23-13 lead after trailing 7-3 at halftime.
"We didn't do anything special in the locker room at the half," said Northridge coach Erik Thompson. "We just broke down into our position groups, made adjustments to try to do better and solve the problems."
"We talked about playing hard and tried to motivate the kids. We felt we could open up the offense after our success in the two-minute drill late in the second quarter," Thompson added.
Northridge started from its own 17 late in the period, when backup quarterback Ben Jackson engineered a drive that ended in a 48-yard field goal by Robert Crawford.
Jackson was starting in place of injured Nate Kusuda, who shattered his collarbone last week and will be out the rest of the year.
"He (Jackson) was a little shaky at first, but he got some confidence late in the first half," Thompson said. "But he is a great leader, I thought he would be good and I'd go into battle with him anytime."
Jackson threw three touchdown passes (two to Austin Ricks) and ran for a fourth score to lead the Knights back after Weber took a 13-3 lead early in the third quarter on a 89-yard bomb from Cole Dean to Mike Baker.
"Austin has been hurt and we just got him back last week, although he only played defense, so this was the first time we had him on the offensive side of the ball," Thompson said. "When Weber took away our tight end and fullback, it gave us another option."
Northridge's lead went to 36-21 on a 89 yard interception return by Dallas Moklebust and Weber got a last-second score to close the gap.
Dean threw three touchdown passes for the Warriors and ran for another score, but Weber turned the ball over at crucial times in the third quarter, including an ill-advised fake punt that gave Northridge the ball at the 17, which the Knights converted into a 15-13 lead with 4:04 left in the quarter.
With the homecoming victory, the Knights improved to 2-1 in league action, 2-4 overall. Weber dropped to 4-2 on the season, 1-1 in region play.