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Truckers roll past Whippets for NOL win.

Norwalk junior Breck Turner continues to rewrite the Trucker rushing record book.
Scott Seitz
Oct 26, 2013

On Friday night at Skiles Field in Shelby, Turner rushed for 164 yards on 20 carries, giving him 1,669 yards on the season.

That 1,669-yard total eclipses the former single season mark of 1,628 set by Brad Mason in 1974.

Turner also added four touchdowns as Norwalk topped Shelby 64-13 to improve to 8-1 on the season, 4-1 in the Northern Ohio League.

“All the credit goes to the team,” Turner said. “We are a big family here.”

Turner also owns the record for most rushing touchdowns in a season, now at 28, and rushing yards in a game, 308.

“Tonight, Breck had to be very patient,” Norwalk coach Chris MacFarland said, adding the blocking up-front and on the perimeter really was the key as the Whippets were keying on Turner.

Senior quarterback Jordan Johnson also had a big night, hitting on 12-of-18 passes for 216 yards and two TDs.

He also had 85 yards rushing and a TD.

Everyone in the Trucker camp now turns their attention to Willard.

Norwalk fell to the Flashes 24-0 a year ago.

“We went down there last year and Willard really took it to us,” MacFarland said.

“All of us know what happened last year,” Johnson added. “We just need to stay consistent and clean up the penalties.”

“We all push each other in practice,” senior Grant Hull added about the team remaining focused this week.

MacFarland was pleased with Friday’s win.

“This is always a very tough place to play,” the coach said. “I was really impressed with how the kids handled the halftime adjustments.”

MacFarland said making good halftime adjustments will be key to a successful playoff run.

Norwalk scored three times in the first quarter Friday night.

Hull got things going with a 26-yard field goal, giving the visitors a 3-0 advantage.

Turner scored from 4 yards out five minutes later. Hull added the point after and Norwalk was up, 10-0.

Johnson found senior Garret MacFarland from 20 yards away for a 16-0 Norwalk lead.

MacFarland made a one-handed grab over a defender for the TD.

Shelby answered on the first play of the second quarter on a 63-yard TD pass from Lucas Bihl to Coalton Webb. Hunter Egner added the PAT.

Norwalk responded with three more TDs before the half.

Johnson connected with junior Seth Staley on a 22-yard scoring strike.

Johnson later scored on a 12-yard run and then right before the half, Turner bolted in from 26-yards out, propelling Norwalk to a 37-7 lead at intermission.

Turner scored on runs of 15 and 47 yards in the third, as Norwalk took a 50-7 after three.

Sophomore Trevor Wright added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth and classmate Tommy Traczek darted in from 7 yards away to cap the Trucker scoring.

Alex Schiffer scored from 65 yards out in the final two minutes for the Whippets, who dropped to 1-8 and 1-5.

Senior Joseph Hinckley caught five passes for 94 yards for the Truckers. Hinckley also added two interceptions on defense.

Staley caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Wright had five carries for 43 yards and a score for Norwalk.

Score by quarters
Norwalk    16    21    13    14 — 64
Shelby    0    7    0    6 — 13
Scoring summary
NOR — Hull 26 field goal
NOR — Turner 4 run (Hull kick)
NOR — MacFarland 20 pass from Johnson (kick failed)
SHE — Webb 63 pass from Bihl (Egner kick)
NOR — Staley 22 pass from Johnson (Hull kick)
NOR — Johnson 12 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Turner 26 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Turner 15 run (kick failed)
NOR — Turner 47 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Wright 5 run (Hull kick)
NOR — Traczek 7 run (Slack kick)
SHE — Schiffer 65 run (run failed)