SYRACUSE – Offensive struggles stifled Wawasee on Friday. 

The Warriors converted just seven first downs while giving up big plays to Northridge in a 27-6 Northern Lakes Conference loss at Warrior Field. 

“We’re predictable, and that’s just something that we’re gonna have to get better (at),” said Wawasee coach Mike Eshbach.

The Warriors (0-3, 0-1 NLC) began the night with back-to-back three-and-outs. They didn’t convert a first down until early in the second quarter. 

“For us, it’s the same story for the first three weeks, and it’s really, really frustrating (that) as a unit we don’t win first and second down,” Eshbach said. 

Meanwhile, the Raiders (2-1, 1-0 NLC) scored on their first three possessions.

They opened the game with an 11-play drive capped off by Austin Floria’s 29-yard boot through the uprights midway through the first quarter.

Northridge followed that up with a 31-yard scamper to the end zone by Julius Graber less than three minutes later for the 10-0 lead.

A long Wawasee punt pinned the Raiders at their own 1-yard line, but it only two took plays for Northridge to get past the 20. 

A handful of plays later, Graber scored on a 17-yard keeper. 

Graber ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, and was 6-of-13 passing for 70 yards. 

“He’s the catalyst,” said Northridge coach Tom Wogomon. “He is the guy that is our motivator. I do want to say that, if you ask Julius, he would say it’s nothing about him. It’s just that he wants to be the best teammate possible.” 

The second half was more even, but Wawasee still struggled to move the chains. 

The Raiders tacked on another score on Tug Modglin’s 3-yard run before the Warriors put points on the board. 

Wawasee quarterback Evan Eshbach found Kameron Salazar for an 8-yard strike to make the score 27-6 early in the fourth quarter.

By then, though, Northridge had put the game safely out of reach. 

Wogomon credited his defense with a top-notch performance. 

“They just played an outstanding game (and) flew to the football,” he said.

Eshbach said Wawasee will make adjustments, but wouldn’t specify what kind.

‘We just have to be better,” he said. “So they’ll be some changes this week.”


N 10 10 7 0 27

W 0 0 0 6 6


1st downs 18 7

Rushing yds 406 36

Passing yds 70 139

Comp-Att-Int 6-13-0 16-26-1

Total yds 476 175

Fumbles/lost 1/0 1/0

Penalties/yds 8/40 4/30

First Quarter

N – Austin Floria 29 field goal, 6:46

N ­– Julius Graber 31 run (Floria kick), 4:02

Second Quarter

N – Graber 17 run (Floria kick), 11:56

N ­– Floria 35 field goal, 1:24

Third Quarter

N ­– Floria 35 field goal, 1:24

N – Tug Modglin 3 run (Floria kick), 3:30

Fourth Quarter

W ­– Kameron Salazar 8 pass from Evan Eshbach (kick blocked), 10:07


Rushing — Northridge, Graber 16-192, Modglin 22-135, Caid Lacey 5-68; Wawasee, Evan Eshbach 4-17, Levi Brown 5-10, Aaron Evans 4-5, Gabe Moore 2-5, LaShaun Morris 1-1.  Passing — Northridge, Graber 6-13-70; Wawasee, Eshbach 16-26-139, 1 TD, 1 INT

Receiving — Northridge, Breckin Judd 2-22, Reece Lueking 1-18, Floria 1-12, Modglin 1-10, Bryce Justice 1-8; Wawasee, Kameron Salazar 4-29, Dylan Hepler 3-35, Moore 3-32, Brown 2-19, Evans 2-8, Steven Hauntz 1-12, Morris 1-5. 

Records: Northridge 2-1 (1-0 NLC); Wawasee 0-3 (0-1 NLC)