LEXINGTON — Three years of playing catch with each other paid off Friday for Purcell quarterback Drew Rolin and wide receiver Jonah Northcutt in the Battle for the Bridge.
The tandem helped the Dragons thump the Lexington 49-21 at Floyd West Field.
“We needed a win,” Northcutt said.
Northcutt said he and Rolin were in sync and had a good week of practice leading into Purcell's game against Lexington.
“We usually play catch before practice, after practice,” he said. “It's a good relationship between us two.”
Northcutt, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior, caught seven passes for 206 yards with three touchdowns.
He set up Purcell's first touchdown of the game with a 64-yard reception early in the first half. He scored the Dragons' next three touchdowns.
“It was that kind of night, awesome,” Northcutt said. “This is the best feeling in the world.”
Rolin finished the game with 329 yards through the air on 15 of 21 passing, four touchdowns and one pick.
“We knew we had some good receivers,” Rolin said. “I just wanted to get the ball to them, and try to make plays.”
Lexington played man-to-man defense for much of the game, and frequently featured an eighth man in the box. Purcell coach Shannon Watford said he thought his wideouts could beat the Bulldogs' secondary.
“When people are gonna put eight people in the box, you've got to be able to throw the football,” he said. “It's hard to block eight people.”
He was happy to put the game on Northcutt's and Rolin's shoulders.
“They've known each other forever, but it's still a growing process,” Watford said. “We're getting there.”