Waubun eliminates Tigers with double-overtime win
Waubun's offense had two costly turnovers that led to two easy touchdowns for Nevis in the first half of a Section 5 9-man football playoff game Tuesday afternoon at Nevis.
The Bombers' offense made up for those two mistakes in the second half as No. 6-seeded Waubun defeated the No. 3-seeded Tigers 34-28 in double overtime.
Trailing 20-12 at the half, Waubun tied the game on Adam LaDue's 2-yard TD run and two-point conversion with 4:40 to play in the fourth quarter.
In the first overtime, Kellen McArthur's 5-yard run and two-point conversion gave Waubun a 28-20 advantage.
Nevis responded when Zach Anderson hit Mitch Rehkamp for a 10-yard touchdown and Dylan Stenberg on the two-point conversion to force a second overtime.
After stopping Nevis to start the second overtime, McArthur's 10-yard TD run sent Waubun to the section semifinals.
It was Nevis' defense that gave the home team the lead at the break.
Waubun took a 6-0 lead with a 10-play, 80-yard drive on the second series of the game. A 22-yard reception by McArthur was the key play, which was capped by an 8-yard TD run by John DeGroat with 22 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Tigers were forced to punt on their next series, but Jacob Krueckeberg forced a fumble that Nevis recovered at the Waubun 12. Three plays later, Anderson hit Stenberg from 5 yards out and Sean Howes added the extra-point kick to give Nevis a 7-6 lead with 8:13 to play in the first half.
The Bombers responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive to retake the lead. A 13-yard pass play from James Ritterman to McArthur capped the drive as Waubun led 12-7 with 4:32 remaining in the first half.
A 27-yard pass from Anderson to Rehkamp capped a nine-play, 69-yard scoring drive as Nevis reclaimed the lead. Anderson rushed for 9 yards, Stenberg had a 7-yard catch and Rehkamp had a 12-yard catch for first downs during that drive as the Tigers led 14-12 with 1:21 left in the first half.
On the next series, Rehkamp intercepted a pass and returned it to the Waubun 20 with 1:00 remaining. A 15-yard catch by Billy Andrus set up a 5-yard TD pass from Anderson to Taylor Chase. That gave Nevis a 20-12 lead with 35 seconds to go.
Waubun used a 20-yard catch by McArthur and a 15-yard catch by Martin Farley to reach the Nevis 30 before an interception by Beau Daniels ended the half.
Nevis was held scoreless in the second half as Waubun was able to rally for the win.
Anderson completed 16 of 27 passes for 201 yards with Stenberg catching seven passes for 75 yards and Rehkamp adding five receptions for 73 yards. Nevis was held to only 99 yards rushing with Anthony Becker rushing 13 times for 44 yards.
Defensively, Nick Halfmann was in on 20 tackles while Garrett Edelman and Matt Gustafson had 15 tackles each. Rehkamp and Daniels were in on 13 tackles each.
Nevis ended the season with a 4-5 record while Waubun will carry a 5-4 record into the section semifinals.