HNHS homecoming fans get thrill with Viking 62-49 win Friday, Sept. 14


Austin Rosen (middle), a fullback for the Huntington North varsity football team, braces for impact as he rushes the ball in a game against visiting Anderson on Friday, Sept. 14. The Vikings won 62-49. Photo by Steve Clark.

Quarterback Drew Schnitz broke the state record for most touchdown passes in a game with nine and led the Huntington North High School varsity football team over visiting Anderson, 62-49, on Friday, Sept. 14.

The previous record for most touchdown passes in a game was eight, held by four different quarterbacks.

Schnitz completed 21 of 36 passes for 380 yards and the state record nine scoring tosses for the Vikings, 2-3. He was a difference-maker on the ground as well, rushing for a team-high 173 yards on 18 attempts.

Wide receiver Caleb Richison was Schnitz's favorite target and tied the state record for most touchdown receptions in a game with six. He caught 12 passes for 233 yards.

Running back Braydin Stell caught five passes for 81 yards, wide receiver Paul Ehler hauled in three passes for 48 yards and running back Andy Spahr had one catch for 18 yards. All three players caught a touchdown pass.

Fullback Austin Rosen rushed for 96 yards on 14 attempts to round out the offensive production for Huntington North.

Anderson hung with the Vikings throughout the game's first half, trailing by only five points at the half, 34-29.

Huntington North, however, scored 16 unanswered points in the third quarter and another 12 in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

On defense, Stell and linebacker Brady Hill tied for the team-lead in tackles with five and defensive lineman Nathan Sutter recorded a sack.