Football: Nevis rolls to win in season opener

The Tigers rack up 448 yards in offense in a 48-6 victory over BGMR.

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NEVIS – Ethan Klimek threw for three touchdowns and ran for another while Joe Houchin scored on a long pass play and long punt return in leading Nevis to a 48-6 win over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in the District 9 West Central 9-man football opener on Friday, Sept. 2.

On the third play from scrimmage, Klimek hit Houchin on a 70-yard scoring play. Klimek kicked the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0 just 1:18 into the game.

Nevis extended the lead to 14-0 on Houchin’s 71-yard punt return and Klimek’s kick with 1:50 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Tigers closed out the first half with three more touchdowns.

Ayo Ogundeji capped off a five-play, 83-yard scoring drive with a 9-yard TD run. A 17-yard run by Jon Rice and a 53-yard reception by Houchin set up that score.


On the ensuing series, a botched punt attempt gave Nevis possession on the BGMR 3. On the next play, Eli Klimek’s 3-yard TD reception made it 26-0 at the 7:36 mark.

After stopping BGMR on downs, the Tigers marched 60 yards in six plays to pad their advantage. A 21-yard reception by Eli Klimek, two receptions by Eli Lewis for 27 yards and a pass interference penalty set up a 5-yard TD reception by Lewis with 3:36 left in the opening half. Ogundeji ran in the conversion as Nevis carried a 34-0 lead into the intermission.

Austin Ahrendt recovered a fumble on the BGMR 41 to open the second half. After penalties for a facemask and holding forced a second-and-40, Ethan Klimek scored on a 52-yard run as the Tigers led 40-0 at the 8:17 mark of the third quarter.

The Gators followed with a 13-play, 70-yard scoring drive that was capped by Dylan VonEnde’s 1-yard TD plunge. That made it 40-6 with 1:22 left in the third quarter.

BGMR mounted another scoring threat, but AJ Bessler’s interception at the Nevis 3 ended that drive. That turnover started a quick four-play, 92-yard scoring drive by the Tigers. Eli Lindow’s 30-yard run plus a penalty for a horse collar tackle started that drive. Lindow followed with a 32-yard run before ending the drive with a 10-yard TD run. Bessler caught the conversion pass from Lewis to conclude the scoring with 4:00 to go.

Ethan Klimek completed 8 of 13 passes for 183 yards with Houchin making two receptions for 123 yards. Lindow rushed six times for 91 yards, Ogundeji added 80 yards on 11 carries and Ethan Klimek had 6 carries for 77 yards as the Tigers finished with 448 yards in offense.

Eli Klimek was in on 11 tackles, Devan Lindow made nine tackles, Ogundeji had eight tackles, and Eli Lindow and Ahrendt had six tackles apiece. Eli Lewis and Devan Lindow also had interceptions while Eli Klimek had two quarterback sacks and Eli Lewis added a quarterback sack as Nevis’ defense limited the Gators to 194 yards in offense.

In the other district and Section 6 9-man games from Week 1, Blackduck defeated Lake of the Woods 44-6, Fertile-Beltrami defeated Northern Freeze 54-6, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal topped Stephen-Argyle 36-20, Cass Lake-Bena lost to Win-E-Mac 44-6, Clearbrook-Gonvick lost to Goodridge-Grygla 32-6, Laporte lost to Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 56-14 and Park Christian lost to Kittson County Central 56-6.


BGMR 0 0 6 0…6

Nevis 14 20 6 8…48


N–Houchin 70 pass from Et. Klimek (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Houchin 71 punt return (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Ogundeji 9 run (kick failed)

N–El. Klimek 3 pass from Et. Klimek (pass failed)

N–Lewis 9 pass from Et. Klimek (Ogundeji run)

N–Et. Klimek 52 run (kick failed)

BGMR–VonEnde 1 run (pass failed)

N–E. Lindow 10 run (Bessler pass from Lewis)


RUSHING. BGMR: VonEnde 17-60, Nichols 10-48. Nevis: E. Lindow 6-91, Ogundeji 11-80, Et. Klimek 6-77, Rice 1-17.

PASSING. BGMR: Warne 13-24-3 for 78 yards. Nevis: Et. Klimek 8-13-1 for 183 yards; Lewis 1-2-0 for 3 yards.

RECEIVING. BGMR: Blawat 3-33, Swenson 3-23, Janousek 4-22. Nevis: Houchin 2-123, Lewis 3-32, El. Klimek 2-24, Ogundeji 1-4, Bessler 1-3.

KICKOFF RETURNS. Nevis: D. Lindow 1-10, Rice 1-4.

PUNT RETURNS. Nevis: Houchin 2-99.


TACKLES (SOLO-ASSISTS): El. Klimek 10-1, D. Lindow 6-3, Ogundeji 8-0, Ahrendt 5-1, E. Lindow 3-3, Benson 3-2, Norby 3-1, Keiser 2-2, Mitchell 3-0, McGee 1-2, McNamee 1-2, Lester 0-3, Houchin 2-0, Rice 1-0, Johnson 1-0, Gross 1-0, Moe 1-0, Lewis 0-1, Bessler 0-1.Kowalke 1-0.


INTERCEPTIONS: Lewis 1, D. Lindow 1, Bessler 1.

QUARTERBACK SACKS: El. Klimek 2, Lewis 1, Keiser 1.

KICKOFFS: Et. Klimek 7-287, Rice 1-45.

PUNTS: El. Klimek 2-76.

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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