NC star ends FP’s season in D2 regional semifinal
POWERS—As both coaches stressed coming in, the 8-man football regional semifinal matchup between Forest Park and North Central was always going to be about power versus speed.
And while both teams employed their trademark styles to great effectiveness when the teams faced off on Nov. 1, it was the speed and athleticism of the Jets that was the difference as top-ranked and unbeaten North Central ended No. 3 Forest Park’s season with a 46-28 decision in Powers.
The Trojans simply couldn’t contain NC senior Noah Gorzinski, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more. If one wishes to contemplate how the slightly built but dynamic Gorzinski impacted the game, consider this: North Central finished with 411 yards of total offense. Gorzinski accounted for all of them.
“I mean, the way he threw the ball, the way he ran the ball, he’s their Mr. Everything,” FP coach Dave Graff said. “I feel that, as far as MVP of anything, in any U.P. considerations, he is the best of the best. And he proved impossible to contain.”
Gorzinski, who was selected as the UPSSA 8-man offensive player of the year, showed the voters made an astute choice. In the first half, with FP playing straight up defensively, Gorzinski threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns, all to freshman Luke Gorzinski, on plays of 49, 80 and 69 yards.
Then when FP began blitzing in the second half, Noah Gorzinski repeatedly broke containment and ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns.