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Tigers overcome turnovers in 26-6 win over Chargers

Kyle Schmidt rushed 25 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Tucker Roehl returned a fumble 60 yards to conclude the scoring in helping Nevis overcome four turnovers in a 26-6 District 9 West North 9-man football victory over Goodridge-Grygla Thursday night at Grygla.

The Tigers were able to move the ball on their first three possessions before turnovers ended all three scoring chances.

Zach Henry caught a 36-yard pass from Luke DeWulf as the Tigers drove to the Goodridge 4 before a fumble ended the opening drive. DeWulf scampered 34 yards to the Chargers' 27 before an interception ended that threat. On Nevis' third series, Schmidt broke free for a 44-yard run on fourth-and-1 to the G-G 27 before another fumble ended that drive.

After forcing G-G to punt for the third time, the Tigers put together a seven-play, 64-yard drive to open the scoring. Schmidt's 9-yard carry on fourth-and-4 set up a 39-yard TD run by DeWulf. That gave Nevis a 6-0 lead with 6:32 to play in the first half.

On the next series, Schmidt's interception gave the Tigers possession at the G-G 31. Jack DeWulf's 16-yard reception and Luke DeWulf's 7-yard run set up an 8-yard TD run by Schmidt. Luke DeWulf hit Henry on the conversion as Nevis led 14-0 with 3:28 remaining before halftime.

The Chargers ended the half with a nine-play, 64-yard scoring drive as Jordan Kiesow used carries of 14 and 25 yards to set up an 8-yard TD run by Dylan Manderud. That cut the gap to 14-6 with 16 seconds left before the break.

Nevis' defense forced G-G to punt on the opening series of the second half, which led to a 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive. Luke DeWulf found Jack DeWulf on a 15-yard route before rushing for 28 yards. Schmidt followed a 3-yard gain on fourth-and-1 at the 10 with a 4-yard TD run to push the lead to 20-6 at the 5:25 mark of the third quarter.

Roehl then returned a G-G fumble 60 yards to end the scoring with 2:16 to play in the third quarter.

Nevis finished with 391 yards in offense with Luke DeWulf rushing 11 times for 142 yards and completing 5 of 13 passes for 72 yards.

Defensively, Michael Landquist and Jack Landquist made eight solo tackles each while Adam Thompson had six solo tackles.

G-G compiled 290 yards in offense with Kiesow rushing 18 times for 121 yards and Manderud adding 87 yards on 23 carries.

The victory lifted Nevis to 6-1 in the district while G-G fell to 2-5.

In the other Week 7 district games, Stephen-Argyle edged Waubun 46-44, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal defeated Northern Freeze 56-14, Win-E-Mac topped Kittson County Central 28-20 and Clearbrook-Gonvick defeated Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 32-8. Stephen-Argyle tops the district standings at 7-0 while NCE/UH improved to 6-1. Waubun fell to 5-2 while Win-E-Mac improved to 3-4. C-G, KCC and WAO join G-G at 2-5. Northern Freeze fell to 0-7. Nevis hosts Stephen-Argyle in the regular-season finale.

Nevis, NCE/UH and Rothsay lead the Section 6 standings at 6-1 with Waubun, Win-E-Mac and Laporte (0-7) following. Rothsay defeated Underwood 56-20 while Brandon-Evansville defeated Laporte 70-14.

Nevis 0 14 12 0...26

Goodridge-Grygla 0 6 0 0...6


N--L. DeWulf 39 run (PAT failed)

N--Schmidt 8 run (Henry pass from L. DeWulf)

GG--Manderud 3 run (PAT failed)

N--Schmidt 4 run (PAT failed)

N--Roehl 60 fumble return (PAT failed)


RUSHING. Nevis: Schmidt 25-154, L. DeWulf 11-142, Roehl 4-16, Henry 1-7. GG: Kiesow 18-121, Manderud 23-87, Verbout 12-52.

PASSING. Nevis: L. DeWulf 5-13-2 for 72 yards. GG: Manderud 2-9-1 for 30 yards.

RECEIVING. Nevis: Henry 2-37, J. DeWulf 2-31, Wormley 1-4. GG: Graven 1-25, Kiesow 1-5.


SOLO TACKLES: M. Landquist 8, J. Landquist 8, Thompson 6, Hitchcock 5, McGee 4, Henry 3, L. DeWulf 3, Schmidt 3, Roehl 3, Braton 2, Soldwisch 2, Wormley 1.

ASSISTED TACKLES: M. Landquist 6, Hitchcock 4, Wormley 4, Schmidt 3, J. Landquist 3, McGee 2, Braton 2, Thompson 2, Roehl 2, Keezer 2, Sherman 1, L. DeWulf 1, Veit 1, Soldwisch 1.