By Kenny Hetzler Kokomo Tribune
---- — PERU — Northwestern’s football team scored a 37-18 victory over Peru on Friday night in a Mid-Indiana Conference game that had a scary moment.
Northwestern two-way standout Michael Plummer collapsed to the field in the second quarter. The Tiger senior was seen going out to the huddle before he collapsed. He was taken by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital.
“Mike is stable and doing well,” Northwestern coach John Hendryx tweeted late Friday night, adding Plummer will undergo another CT scan today to ensure he is OK.
Northwestern assistant coach Jordan Dyer credited the team with handling the difficult situation as well as possible.
“Hats off to our senors. They are brothers. Every single one of them. Hats off to them for getting the team re-focused,” said Dyer.
The Purple Tigers (5-3, 3-3 MIC) grabbed control in the first half, taking a 24-6 lead into halftime.
The Purple Tigers struck on theirfirst possession. QB Trey Richmond found tight end Billy Parslow in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Northwestern was up 7-0 with 7:03 left in the opening quarter.
Northwestern struck again on its second possession when Plummer scored on a one-yard touchdown run to put the Purple Tigers up 14-0 at 2:55 of the first quarter.
Peru (4-4, 2-4 MIC) finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter as Steven McBride powered his way in from four yards as Peru trailed 14-6 with 11:41 left in the first half.
After each team had a possession, Plummer collapsed to the field.
After a 30-minute delay, play resumed, and Northwestern with heavy hearts took it to Peru as Richmond hooked up with Logan Galbraith for a 15-yard touchdown pass and a 21-6 lead. Dakota Smith later added a 37-yard field goal to give the Purple Tigers a 24-6 lead at halftime.
After another Northwestern touchdown by Logan Macaluso on a one-yard run, Peru QB Nolan Brimbury scored from two yards out to cut Northwestern’s lead to 31-12 with 2:47 left in the third. The Bengal Tigers made it a 13-point game as Bribury hooked up with Gordo Maldonaldo on a 92-yard touchdown pass, making it 31-18 with 1:01 left in the third quarter.
“Really, for the most part, Northwestern was better then us,” Peru coach Bob Prescott said. “I thought we made them earn a lot of them points, but I like the way the kids hung in there, and found a way to get points back on the board. It was a testiment to our growth. We are in our second year of our weight training.”
Plummer had 15 carries for 108 yards and one touchdown for the winners. Richmond was 7 of 13 with no interceptions for 87 yards.
McBride led Peru with nine carries for 25 yards and one touchdown. Brimbury was 4 of 10 for 179 yards with one interception.