Nathan Fortmann rushed 41 times for 241 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score in leading Win-E-Mac to a 38-6 Section 6 9-man football victory over Nevis on Oct. 27 at Erskine.
After a scoreless first quarter, Win-E-Mac opened the scoring with an 11-play, 53-yard drive. A 12-yard run by Gavin Walker, an 8-yard gain by Fortmann on third-and-5, a 3-yard carry by Fortmann on third-and-3, and a 9-yard run by Fortmann on third-and-9 set up a 20-yard TD run by Fortmann. Fortmann ran in the conversion as the No. 2-seeded Patriots led 8-0 with 8:33 to play in the first half.
Nevis, the No. 3 seed that lost to Win-E-Mac 48-6 in Week 2 of the regular season, countered with a four-play, 48-yard scoring drive. Luke DeWulf rushed three times for 10 yards before breaking free for a 38-yard TD run. That made it 8-6 at the 3:12 mark.
The Patriots ended the half with Fortmann’s 9-yard TD run with :20 showing. Fortmann rushed for 8 yards on third-and-8 and followed a 19-yard carry with a 12-yard gain to highlight that nine-play, 65-yard drive. Fortmann ran in the conversion as Win-E-Mac led 16-6 at the break.
Early in the third quarter, Tre Ross recovered a Win-E-Mac fumble at the Nevis 46, but the Tigers couldn’t capitalize on the turnover as the Patriots took over at their own 45.
A 10-play, 55-yard drive followed with four carries for 28 yards by Fortmann and a 10-yard run by Bryer Strom leading to a first down at the Nevis 17. After a holding penalty, Fortmann hit Strom on a 19-yard TD pass on fourth-and-12. Fortmann ran in the conversion to give Win-E-Mac a 24-6 lead with 5:06 to play in the third quarter.
On the ensuing series, the Tigers fumbled at their own 25 and Win-E-Mac padded its lead six plays later on Fortmann’s 1-yard TD plunge on fourth-and-goal. Fortmann’s 15-yard carry to the 8 helped set up that TD as the Patriots led 30-6 at the 1:41 mark.
On Win-E-Mac’s next series, Fortmann used carries of 10, 16 and 10 yards to lead the Patriots to the Nevis 15. That drive stalled at the Nevis 25.
After the Tigers lost possession on downs at the 33, Win-E-Mac ended the scoring with a five-play drive. Mason Spry’s 18-yard carry and Fortmann’s 10-yard gain set up a 6-yard TD run by Spry. Fortmann’s conversion made it 38-6 with 3:18 to play.
Nevis used two carries for 21 yards by DeWulf and two carries for 12 yards by Keanu Yabandith to reach the Win-E-Mac 26 when time expired.
The Tigers managed only six first downs and 122 yards in offense with DeWulf rushing 16 times for 91 yards. Defensively, Ian Ahrendt was in on 14 tackles (including eight solo tackles), DeWulf made 12 tackles (including five solo), Derek Dunham had 10 tackles (including five solo) and Ben Soldwisch was in on 10 tackles (including seven solo).
Nevis ended the season with a 3-7 record while Win-E-Mac (which compiled 23 first downs and 329 yards in offense) advanced to the section championship game with a 6-3 record.
In the other section semifinal game, No. 1 Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal defeated No. 4 Rothsay 34-8.Nevis 0 6 0 0...6 Win-E-Mac 0 16 14 8...38
Nevis’ defense held Laporte scoreless for three quarters as the Tigers opened the section playoffs with a 35-8 win at Nevis on Oct. 23.
Derek Lindow completed 7 of 12 passes for 136 yards while Reese Kline rushed 10 times for 50 yards as the Tigers compiled 326 yards in offense.
Ahrendt was in on 11 tackles (seven solo), DeWulf had nine tackles (seven solo), Yabandith made nine tackles (five solo), Soldwisch was in on eight tackles (six solo) and Cooper Henry had seven solo tackles to lead the defense.Laporte 0 0 8 0...8 Nevis 14 21 0 0...35 NEVIS SCORING NEVIS OFFENSIVE STATISTICS NEVIS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS