Ian Ahrendt scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and Nevis compiled 416 yards in offense in a 55-8 9-man football victory over Cass Lake-Bena at Nevis on Friday, Oct. 8.
Ahrendt scored on a 16-yard run at the 10:31 mark, a 1-yard run at the 4:11 mark and a 21-yard run with 1:08 remaining as the Tigers led 20-0 after the first quarter. Ethan Klimek kicked two extra points.
Klimek connected with JP Benson on a 7-yard scoring route with 11:21 to play in the second quarter and found Cain Mitchell on an 8-yard TD pass at the 7:59 mark. Nate Pyburn’s 3-yard TD run with :54 left gave Nevis a 41-0 advantage at the half. Klimek kicked all three extra points.
Ayo Ogundeji scored on a 40-yard run and Alex Lester caught the conversion pass from Eli Lewis as the Tigers led 49-0 with 5:21 to play in the third quarter before Ogundeji’s 14-yard TD run with 11:51 to go made it 55-0. Cass Lake-Bena scored on a 3-yard run with :18 to play to conclude the scoring.
Ahrendt rushed 12 times for 140 yards and Ogundeji gained 94 yards on seven carries as Nevis finished with 284 yards rushing. Klimek completed 7 of 16 passes for 129 yards with Mitchell making three receptions for 47 yards and Benson catching three passes for 42 yards.
Mitchell made four solo tackles, Ahrendt had three solo tackles, and Tyler Ford and Ethan Lewis were in on five tackles each as the Tigers improved to 4-1 in Section 6 games and 5-1 in District 9 West Central games. Mitchell, Joe Houchin and Austin Ahrendt had interceptions as Cass Lake-Bena fell to 0-5 against section opponents and 0-6 overall.
In the other Week 6 section and district games, Fertile-Beltrami defeated Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 34-12, Park Christian defeated Laporte 69-6 and Clearbrook-Gonvick defeated Blackduck 34-7. Fertile-Beltrami improved to 6-0, NCE/UH fell to 5-1, Clearbrook-Gonvick improved to 4-2, Blackduck fell to 3-3, Park Christian improved to 3-3 and Laporte fell to 0-6.
The Tigers travel to Moorhead to play Park Christian this Friday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.