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Gooch, Gunkel lead Tigers past Wildcats for first victory of the season

Nevis dominated the first half in building a 40-0 lead en route to a 40-16 Great Northern Conference football victory at Laporte last Friday night. Five different players rushed for touchdowns as the Tigers recorded their first win of the season....

Nevis dominated the first half in building a 40-0 lead en route to a 40-16 Great Northern Conference football victory at Laporte last Friday night.

Five different players rushed for touchdowns as the Tigers recorded their first win of the season.

Quarterback Chris Gooch opened the scoring with a 1-yard keeper to cap a 55-yard drive and Tom Johnson followed with a 4-yard TD run to cap a short 19-yard drive as the Tigers led 16-0 after the first quarter.

Four touchdowns in the second quarter sealed the victory. Jon Gunkel's 8-yard TD run capped a 36-yard drive and 68-yard TD reception capped a 75-yard drive to give Nevis a 28-0 lead. Tyler Cash's 32-yard TD run capped a 32-yard drive and Casey Charmoli's 6-yard TD run capped a 27-yard drive to push the lead to 40-0 at the half.

Laporte, which managed only two first downs in the first half, scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring in this battle of previously winless teams. Kevin St. Pierre scored on a 2-yard run and Taylor Day scored on a 25-yard run.

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Nevis compiled 451 yards in offense with Gunkel rushing 19 times for 142 yards and catching three passes for 79 yards. Chad Schmidt added 81 yards on nine carries and Jake Van Horn had four receptions for 47 yards. Gooch completed 10 of 17 passes for 135 yards.

Defensively, Gunkel re-covered two fumbles while Nick Halfmann, Van Horn, Brandon Daniels and Tyler Cash had one fumble recovery each. Halfmann led the way with eight solo tackles and eight assists.

"It was a huge win for our kids," said Nevis head coach Shawn Klimek. "We have been working very hard since August and it is nice to be rewarded for your efforts."

The Tigers will close out the regular season by hosting Cromwell Wednesday.

Nevis 16 24 0 0 40

Laporte 0 0 0 16 16

SCORING

N-Gooch 1 run (Van Horn pass from Gooch)

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N-Johnson 4 run (Schmidt run)

N-Gunkel 8 run (kick failed)

N-Gunkel 68 pass from Gooch (pass failed)

N-Cash 32 run (run failed)

N-Charmoli 6 run (kick failed)

L-St. Pierre 2 run (Christopherson pass from Day)

L-Day 25 run (Weinandt run)

NEVIS OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

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RUSHING: Gunkel 19-142, Schmidt 9-81, Cash 2-33, Charmoli 3-18, Halfmann 4-12, Howes 1-9, C. Gooch 8-7, Johnson 1-4, Anderson 2-(-5).

PASSING: C. Gooch 10-17-0 for 135 yards; Anderson 1-7-0 for 15 yards.

RECEIVING: Gunkel 3-79, Van Horn 4-47, Halfmann 1-15, Schmidt 1-10, Cash 1-4, Johnson 1-(-5).

NEVIS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

SOLO TACKLES: Halfmann 8, Van Horn 6, Br. Daniels 3, Edelman 3, Anderson 2, Rehkamp 2, Kirschman 2, Be. Daniels 2, Charmoli 2, Gunkel 2, Howes 1, Tschudi 1, L. Gooch 1, Keezer 1, Burnos 1, Johnson 1, Andrus 1, Tesch 1.

ASSISTED TACKLES: Halfmann 8, Anderson 4, Van Horn 3, Rehkamp 3, Howes 3, Tschudi 3, Ussery 3, Br. Daniels 2, Edelman 2, Kirschman 2, Be. Daniels 2, Schmidt 2, Frank 2, Charmoli 1, L. Gooch 1, Keezer 1.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Gunkel 2, Halfmann 1, Van Horn 1, Br. Daniels 1, Cash 1.

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