Blackduck rushed for 615 yards and six touchdowns in handing the host Tigers a 40-25 Section 6 9-man football loss at Nevis on Friday, Oct. 11.
The Drakes scored on their first four possessions in building a 28-8 lead before sealing the win by scoring on their first two series of the second half.
Blackduck’s offensive line controlled play as the Drakes put together scoring drives of 65, 62, 65, 82, 91 and 71 yards.
On the opening series, Shane Juelson’s 43-yard touchdown run capped a quick three-play, 65-yard scoring drive as the Drakes took an 8-0 lead at the 10:40 mark.
After Nevis was stopped at the Blackduck 38, a 30-yard run by Dylan Moen set up a 4-yard TD run by Juelson as the Drakes led 14-0 at the 4:13 mark. That drive took eight plays and covered 62 yards.
The Tigers used Luke DeWulf’s 48-yard kickoff return to set up a five-play, 29-yard scoring drive. DeWulf’s 13-yard run and an 11-yard pass from Derek Lindow to Ethan Klimek set up a 5-yard TD run by DeWulf. Lindow hit Kolby Hamblin on the conversion and Nevis trailed 14-8 with 2:11 to play in the first quarter.
Blackduck responded with a seven-play, 65-yard scoring drive to build a 20-8 lead with 11:05 to play in the first half. Mason Smid’s 36-yard run began the drive, which Juelson ended with an 8-yard TD run.
Nevis was forced to punt on the ensuing series and Blackduck put together a five-play, 82-yard scoring drive. Moen had back-to-back runs of 26 and 18 yards before Juelson ended the drive with a 30-yard TD run. That gave the Drakes a 28-8 lead with 7:47 remaining in the first half.
Blackduck’s defense forced another punt and Ethan Merrill broke free for a 61-yard gain, but that drive stalled at the Nevis 25.
The Tigers followed with an 11-play, 75-yard drive as Lindow scampered for 15 yards and hit DeWulf on a 12-yard pass. Lindow picked up two more first downs on runs of 12 and 11 yards before capping off the drive with an 8-yard TD run and conversion as Nevis trailed 28-16 with 1:15 left in the first half. Lindow accounted for all 75 yards in that drive by rushing five times for 48 yards and completing three passes for 27 yards.
On the opening series of the second half, the Tigers marched to the Blackduck 9 before losing possession on downs. A pass interference penalty, two carries for 24 yards by DeWulf, and a 13-yard pass to Ethan Lewis were the key plays in that nine-play drive, which was hindered by a holding penalty.
Blackduck quickly regained the momentum with a five-play, 91-yard scoring drive with Shawn O’Brien’s 74-yard TD run extending the lead to 34-16 with 3:12 to play in the third quarter.
After forcing another punt, the Drakes put together a four-play, 71-yard drive with Moen’s 60-yard TD run giving Blackduck a 40-16 advantage with 10:46 to play.
A 10-play, 67-yard drive by Nevis concluded the scoring. Lindow hit Logan Funk for 9 yards, Klimek for 11 yards, Cain Mitchell for 6 yards and Klimek for 9 yards before connecting with DeWulf on a 28-yard TD pass. Lindow ran in the conversion as Nevis trailed 40-24 with 7:52 to play.
O’Brien’s 11-yard run, Moen’s 16-yard carry and Moen’s 2-yard gain on fourth-and-1 helped the Drakes advance to the Nevis 14 as time expired.
The Tigers compiled 258 yards in offense with Lindow completing 14 of 25 passes for 141 yards and rushing 12 times for 61 yards. DeWulf added 56 yards on 11 carries and caught four passes for 62 yards. Klimek had four receptions for 39 yards.
DeWulf led the defense with 22 tackles, including 17 solo stops. Darin Keezer was in on eight tackles and Brody Johnson made seven tackles as the Tigers had their four-game winning streak snapped in falling to 4-3.
In the other Week 7 section games, Win-E-Mac shut out Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 6-0, Fertile-Beltami blanked Park Christian 18-0 and Clearbrook-Gonvick defeated Laporte 20-0.
Win-E-Mac tops the section standings at 7-0 while Fertile-Beltrami joins Blackduck at 6-1. Following Nevis are Park Christian at 3-4, NCE/UH at 2-5, C-G at 1-6 and Laporte at 0-7.
Nevis concludes the regular season with a road game against Fertile-Beltrami at Fertile on Wednesday (Oct. 16) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.