Stephen-Argyle’s defense forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter that set up touchdowns and sealed a 42-22 victory over Nevis in the season-opening 9-man football game at Argyle on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the first half as the Storm carried a 28-22 lead into the intermission.
On the opening drive of the game, an interception by Stephen-Argyle’s Jason Lindgren set up a 34-yard TD run by Lindgren. Dawson Feuillerat’s kick gave the Storm a 7-0 lead with 8:38 to play in the first quarter. That drive took only two plays to cover 53 yards.
Nevis responded with an 11-play, 73-yard drive. Luke DeWulf’s 20-yard run and Derek Lindow’s 11-yard carry on fourth-and-11 set up a 24-yard TD pass from DeWulf to Logan Funk. That cut the deficit to 7-6 with 5:53 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Storm followed with a 12-play, 67-yard drive with Brody Pietruszewski’s 3-yard TD run and Feuillerat’s kick making it 14-6 with :47 left in the first quarter.
Another long drive followed as Nevis marched 71 yards in eight plays. DeWulf caught a 26-yard pass and gained 8 yards on fourth-and-2 to set up a 23-yard TD connection from Lindow to Funk. Those two combined on the conversion as the Tigers tied the game at 14-14 with 9:51 to play in the first half.
Lindgren’s 54-yard kickoff return started a five-play, 36-yard drive as a 7-yard TD run by Feuillerat and Lindgren’s conversion gave S-A a 22-14 lead at the 7:10 mark.
Nevis countered again as a 12-yard reception by Ethan Klimek, a 31-yard reception by DeWulf on second-and-21, and receptions of 17 and 12 yards by Funk set up a 9-yard TD pass from Lindow to DeWulf. Those two connected on the conversion as the game was tied 22-22 with 2:09 remaining in the first half.
The Storm took advantage of a personal-foul penalty to end the half with a seven-play, 56-yard drive. Lindgren’s 5-yard TD run with :24 remaining gave Stephen-Argyle a 28-22 advantage at the break.
Stephen-Argyle opened the second half with a 14-play drive, but Nevis’ defense held and the Tigers took over at their own 6.
A 15-yard reception by Klimek, a 12-yard reception by Cain Mitchell and two personal-foul penalties led the Tigers deep into Stephen-Argyle territory, but the Storm held and took over at the 15.
A 13-play, 85-yard drive followed with Feuillerat’s 25-yard TD run pushing the Storm’s lead to 34-22 with 6:06 remaining.
Joshua Pietruszewski intercepted a pass and returned it to the Nevis 4, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Feuillerat that sealed the game. Lindgren ran in the conversion as the Storm led 42-22 with 4:33 to go.
Two plays later, Kole Szczepanski recovered a Nevis fumble and the Storm ran out the final 3:49.
Stephen-Argyle finished with 385 yards in offense with Lindgren (11 carries for 121 yards), Michael Jacobson (22 carrites for 109 yards) and Feuillerat (11 carries for 102 yards) leading a potent rushing attack.
The Tigers compiled 341 yards in offense with DeWulf rushing 10 times for 61 yards and catching four passes for 70 yards. Funk had six receptions for 107 yards with Lindow completing 15 of 37 passes for 222 yards.
DeWulf led the defense with 13 solo tackles and seven assists. Darin Keezer was in on 15 tackles and Ahrendt made 14 tackles.
Nevis will make its home debut by hosting Win-E-Mac this Friday night (Sept. 6) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.