Football: Nevis dominates early in 56-8 victory over Park Christian

The Tigers compile 427 yards in offense to improve to 6-1.

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NEVIS – Another dominating first half resulted in another lopsided win for the Nevis football team.

The Tigers, who jumped out to leads of 56-0 against Laporte and 36-0 against Cass Lake-Bena the previous two weeks, led 56-0 at the half in coasting to a 56-8 Section 6 and District 9 West Central 9-man victory over Park Christian on Friday, Oct. 14.

Five different players scored touchdowns as the Tigers built a 42-0 lead after the first quarter.

Joe Houchin opened the scoring with a 45-yard TD reception from Ethan Klimek, Eli Lewis hauled in a 28-yard TD pass, Ayo Ogundeji had TD runs of 11 and 35 yards, Austin Ahrendt caught a 7-yard TD pass, and Eli Klimek ran in from 1 yard out in the opening quarter.

Jon Rice’s 1-yard TD run and Eli Lindow’s 5-yard TD run in the second quarter pushed the lead to 56-0 at the half. Ethan Klimek converted on all eight extra-point kicks.


Park Christian avoided the shutout by scoring on a 5-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers compiled 427 yards offensively. Ethan Klimek completed 9 of 12 passes for 208 yards, Ogundeji rushed six times for 84 yards and Houchin caught three passes for 103 yards.

Defensively, Lewis intercepted a pass and Rice recovered a fumble while Ogundeji made six solo tackles, JP Benson and Christian Moe had four solo tackles each, and Houchin and Ahrendt made three solo tackles apiece as the Tigers improved to 6-1.

In the other Week 7 section and district games, Fertile-Beltrami defeated Blackduck 42-12, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal defeated Clearbrook-Gonvick 24-8 and Laoprte edged Cass Lake-Bena 18-14. Fertile-Beltrami improved to 7-0, Blackduck and NCE/UH are now 5-2, C-G joined Park Christian at 2-5, Laporte improved to 1-6 and CL-B fell to 0-7.

Nevis concludes the regular season with a game against NCE/UH at Ulen on Wednesday (Oct. 19) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Park Christian 0 0 0 8…8

Nevis 42 14 0 0…56


N–Houchin 45 pass from Et. Klimek (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Lewis 28 pass from Et. Klimek (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Ogundeji 11 run (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Ahrendt 7 pass from Et. Klimek (Et. Klimek kick)

N–El. Klimek 1 run (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Ogundeji 35 run (Et. Klimek kick)N–Rice 1 run (Et. Klimek kick)

N–E. Lindow 5 run (Et. Klimek kick)


RUSHING: Ogundeji 6-84, E. Lindow 10-36, Frazier 6-29, Ahrendt 3-24, Rice 4-7, Lewis 1-3, Johnson 1-2, El. Klimek 1-1.

PASSING: Et. Klimek 9-12-0 for 208 yards; Buckholtz 1-1-0 for 31 yards; Lewis 1-1-0 for 2 yards.

RECEIVING: Houchin 3-103, Rice 2-45, W. Gagnon 1-31, Lewis 1-28, Lester 1-15, El. Klimek 1-10, Ahrendt 1-7, Bessler 1-2.

KICKOFF RETURNS: Frazier 1-11, Moe 1-5.

PUNT RETURNS: Houchin 1-2.


TACKLES (SOLO-ASSISTS): Ogundeji 6-1, McGee 1-6, El. Klimek 1-4, Benson 4-0, Moe 4-0, D. Lindow 2-2, Houchin 3-0, Ahrendt 3-0, E. Lindow 2-1, Mitchell 1-2, Johnson 2-0, Bessler 2-0, Lester 2-0, Norby 1-1, McNamee 0-2, Rice 1-0, Frazier 1-0, Barens 1-0.QUARTERBACK SACKS: Benson 1, Ogundeji 1, El. Klimek 1.



KICKOFFS: Et. Klimek 6-201, Rice 3-113.

PUNTS: Lewis 1-30.

Winners to be announced at the NFL Honors event on Feb. 9

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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