Big plays on defense and special teams sparked the Nevis football team to a 56-0 Section 6 9-man victory over Laporte at Nevis on Friday, Sept. 13.

The Tigers scored on an interception return and a punt return and used a fumble recovery on a kickoff and another interception to set up two more touchdowns in building a 48-0 lead at the half.

Nevis took the opening drive and used runs of 16 and 8 yards by quarterback Derek Lindow to reach the Laporte 16 before a fumble ended that scoring threat.

On Laporte’s fourth play from scrimmage, Cain Mitchell intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Luke DeWulf kicked the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0 with 8:32 to play in the first quarter.

Both teams followed with scoring threats before Nevis scored 41 unanswered points in the second quarter to take control.

Laporte put together an 11-play drive, but Nevis’ defense held and the Tigers took over at their own 26. DeWulf broke free for a 24-yard run, but Laporte’s defense held at the Wildcats’ 36. Laporte marched into Nevis territory before the Tigers’ defense held at the 35.

A quick three-play, 65-yard scoring drive followed as Lindow hit DeWulf on a 16-yard pass and found Logan Funk on a 31-yard route that set up an 18-yard TD pass from Lindow to Funk. DeWulf’s kick made it 14-0 with 7:58 to play in the first half.

Nevis’ defense stopped the Wildcats on fourth-and-3 at the Laporte 23 and DeWulf scored on a 23-yard run on the next play for a 20-0 advantage at the 6:12 mark.

A bad snap on a punt gave the Tigers possession at the Laporte 14. Lindow hit Mitchell on a 14-yard scoring route on the next play, but that touchdown was called back because of an illegal procedure penalty. Two plays later, DeWulf scampered in from 19 yards out and kicked the extra point for a 27-0 advantage with 4:21 left in the second quarter.

Laporte was forced to punt again and DeWulf returned the kick for another score and kicked the extra point for a 34-0 lead at the 2:09 mark.

On the ensuing kickoff, DeWulf recovered a fumble at the Laporte 15 and Lindow hit DeWulf on a 15-yard scoring pass on the next play. DeWulf’s kick pushed the margin to 41-0 with 1:56 remaining before halftime.

DeWulf intercepted a pass two plays later and returned it to the Laporte 29. After a holding penalty, Lindow and Mitchell connected on a 41-yard TD pass and DeWulf kicked the extra point as Nevis led 48-0 at the 1:16 mark.

The Tigers scored the only touchdown of the second half to complete the shutout and improve to 1-1 in section games and 1-2 overall. Laporte, which has been outscored 140-0 in the first three games, fell to 0-3 on the season.

Blackduck, Fertile-Beltrami and Win-E-Mac lead the section standings with 3-0 records while Park Christian is 2-1. Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal joins Nevis at 1-2 while Clearbrook-Gonvick joins Laporte at 0-3.

The Tigers travel to Clearbrook-Gonvick for a 7 p.m. kickoff this Friday night (Sept. 20).