Stephen-Argyle scored on four of its first five possessions in the first half in opening the 9-man football season with a 36-14 win at Nevis on Friday, Oct. 10.
After forcing Nevis to punt on the opening series, the Storm marched 58 yards in seven plays to open the scoring. Michael Jacobson capped that drive with a 31-yard touchdown run as Stephen-Argyle led 6-0 with 8:24 to play in the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, the Tigers were stopped at the Stephen-Argyle 36. The Storm followed with a nine-play, 64-yard drive as James Pederson’s 3-yard TD run pushed the lead to 14-0 at the 1:26 mark.
Nevis responded with a 14-play, 66-yard scoring drive. Derek Lindow hit Cain Mitchell on a 9-yard route and ran for 7 yards on fourth-and-4. Lindow connected with Ian Ahrendt for 10 yards and Ethan Klimek for 15 yards before hitting Klimek on a 16-yard TD pass. Lindow kicked the extra point as the Tigers trailed 14-7 with 8:22 to play in the first half.
Pederson’s 10-yard TD run capped off a nine-play, 65-yard scoring drive as S-A made it 20-7 at the 5:39 mark.
Stephen-Argyle couldn’t capitalize on an interception, losing possession at the Nevis 7. The Tigers were forced to punt and Jason Lindgren’s 35-yard punt return to the 5 set up a 5-yard TD run by Pederson as the Storm led 28-7 with 1:06 to play before halftime.
Nevis gained some momentum entering the intermission when Mitchell’s 60-yard kickoff return and 13-yard reception and a 10-yard reception by Klimek set up a 2-yard TD plunge by Lindow. Lindow kicked the extra point as the Tigers cut the deficit to 28-14 with :22 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers maintained that momentum in the third quarter, but couldn’t convert on two drives.
After forcing Stephen-Argyle to punt on the opening series, the Tigers used a 22-yard reception by Mitchell to spark a 15-play drive. But that drive stalled at the S-A 7.
S-A was forced to punt again and the Tigers used runs of 26 yards and 10 yards by Lindow to advance to the Storm 19. But that 10-play drive also stalled.
Stephen-Argyle sealed the win by going on a 10-play, 81-yard drive. Pederson capped that drive with a 6-yard TD run as the Storm led 36-14 with 7:14 to play.
The Storm recovered a Nevis fumble and ran out most of the clock to spoil Nevis’ home opener.
Zach McGlynn completed 10 of 14 passes for 112 yards while Jacobson rushed 14 times for 127 yards and Pederson added 69 yards on 14 carries with four TDs as the Storm compiled 378 total yards.
Lindow completed 11 of 27 passes for 116 yards and rushed 22 times for 127 yards as the Tigers finished with 278 yards in offense. Mitchell had five receptions for 53 yards and Klimek caught four passes for 45 yards.
Defensively, Ahrendt was in on 19 tackles with 13 solo tackles and six assists while Mitchell made 12 tackles, including five solo tackles and seven assists.
Stephen-Argyle 14 14 0 8...36
Nevis 0 14 0 0...14
SA-Jacobson 31 run (kick failed)
SA-Pederson 3 run (Kroll pass from McGlynn)
N-Klimek 16 pass from Lindow (LIndow kick)
SA-Pederson 10 run (kick failed)
SA-Pederson 5 run (Kroll pass from McGlynn)
N-Lindow 2 run (Lindow kick)
SA-Pederson 6 run (McGlynn run)
RUSHING. S-A: Jacobson 14-127, Pederson 14-69, McGregor 7-62. Nevis: Lindow 22-127, Ahrendt 8-41, Klimek 1-4, Lewis 1-0, Houchin 2-(-4), Arola-Johnson 2-(-6).
PASSING. S-A: McGlynn 10-14-0 for 112 yards. Nevis; Lindow 11-27-1 for 116 yards.
RECEIVING. S-A: Pagnac 3-46, Lindgren 3-34, Kroll 3-17, Jacobson 1-15. Nevis: Mitchell 5-53, Klimek 4-45, Ahrendt 2-18.
NEVIS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
SOLO TACKLES: Ahrendt 13, Mitchell 5, Lewis 3, Johnson 3, Rice 1, Benson 1, Houchin 1, LIndow 1, Keiser 1, Thompson 1, Aman 1.
ASSISTED TACKLES: Mitchell 7, Ahrendt 6, Lewis 6, Lindow 4, Houchin 3, Johnson 3, Riehle 3, Aman 2, Keiser 2, Kline 2, Benson 1.
QUARTERBACK SACKS: Ahrendt 1.