Are two teams headed in opposite directions after Friday's 56-6 win by Sandusky over visiting Norwalk?
It wouldn't seem that way on paper, given it was a pairing of 6-0 and 5-1 teams. However, the Blue Streaks brought the Truckers down from the ranks of the unbeatens in emphatic fashion.
A week after securing its first winning season since 1977, Norwalk must pick itself up off the canvas and host red-hot Bellevue (5-2, 2-0 NOL) Friday, and a Week 10 trip to Tiffin Columbian (6-1, 1-1) also remains.
If the Truckers had any aspirations of the first NOL title since 1976, they will probably need to win out. Any small chance it had at the playoffs is also gone.
Meanwhile, a Sandusky offense averaging nearly 43 points per game through six weeks did little to hurt the cause, putting 49 more (one score was a defensive TD) on the board Friday.
The Blue Streaks have clicked on all cylinders offensively for weeks, but the defense has quietly beaten up on some teams and made a living in the other team's offensive backfield.
Norwalk QB Jake Fetherolf had little chance for success, and there wasn't one pass play where he wasn't pressured or hit.
Sandusky also should crack the top eight in the Division II Region 6 computer points for the first time this season. On top of beating a 6-win Norwalk, the Blue Streaks got a boost when Ashland (3-4) knocked off Orrville (4-3), adding even more secondary points for Sandusky.