Football: Fertile-Beltrami defeats Nevis in battle of rated 9-man teams
The Tigers get shut out 30-0 in their homecoming game.
NEVIS – Fertile-Beltrami shut out Nevis in a battle of two of the state’s top-rated 9-man football teams on Friday, Sept. 23.
The Falcons’ defense limited Nevis to only 203 yards in offense in a 30-0 Section 6 and District 9 West Central victory. Fertile-Beltrami was rated No. 3 while the Tigers entered their homecoming game rated No. 11 in the latest state 9-man poll.
After being stopped at the Nevis 9-yard line on the game’s opening series, the Falcons put together a 10-play, 54-yard scoring drive on their second possession. Isaiah Wright capped off the drive with a 3-yard TD run and conversion as Fertile-Beltrami led 8-0 with 11:10 to play in the second quarter.
The Tigers were forced to punt and Fertile-Beltrami responded with a 16-play, 80-yard drive. A 14-yard reception by Brayden Werpy started the drive before a 20-yard run by Caiden Swenby and an encroachment penalty helped the Falcons overcome a third-and-22 situation. A 20-yard carry by Werpy and a 7-yard run by Swenby on fourth-and 4 at the Nevis 15 set up a 4-yard TD run by Werpy. That gave the Falcons a 16-0 lead with 1:21 remaining before halftime.
Ethan Klimek’s 10-yard run and two receptions for 28 yards by Joe Houchin led the Tigers to the Fertile-Beltrami 34 to end the half.
Neither team managed much offense in the third quarter before the Falcons pushed their lead to 24-0 with a 13-play, 64-yard drive. Wright’s 13-yard carry and Swenby’s 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 at the Nevis 15 set up a 7-yard TD run by Swenby with 10:20 to play.
A 70-yard TD run by Swenby with 3:10 remaining concluded the scoring.
Nevis put together a scoring threat on the game’s final series. Eli Lindow’s 20-yard reception, Austin Ahrendt’s 14-yard catch and a pass interference penalty led to a first down at the Fertile-Beltrami 16 before two incomplete passes ended the game.
Ethan Klimek completed 8 of 17 passes for 101 yards with Houchin making five receptions for 57 yards. Ahrendt rushed four times for 40 yards as the Tigers finished with 102 yards on the ground.
On the defensive end, Ahrendt, Ayo Ogundeji and Eli Lewis were in on 12 tackles each while Dawson McGee and Nathan Keiser had 11 tackles apiece. Devan Lindow chipped in 10 tackles, JohnPaul Benson had nine tackles, and Eli Klimek and Luke McNamee were in on eight tackles each as the Tigers fell to 3-1 on the season. Fertile-Beltrami improved to 4-0.
In the other section and district games in Week 4, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal shut out Cass Lake-Bena 40-0, Blackduck blanked Park Christian 46-0 and Clearbrook-Gonvick defeated Laporte 54-14. NCE/UH joins Fertile-Beltrami at 4-0, Blackduck joins Nevis at 3-1, Clearbrook-Gonvick is 2-2, and Laporte, Park Christian and Cass Lake-Bena are 0-4.
Nevis hosts Laporte this Friday night (Sept. 30) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.