Football: Nevis shuts out Cass Lake-Bena

The Tigers improve to 5-1 with the 42-0 victory.

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CASS LAKE – Ethan Klimek threw for three touchdowns while Joe Houchin and Ayo Ogundeji scored a pair of touchdowns each in leading Nevis to a 42-0 Section 6 9-man and District 9 West Central football win over Cass Lake-Bena on Friday, Oct. 7.

Houchin opened the scoring with a 50-yard interception return with 10:14 to play in the first quarter. Klimek’s kick made it 7-0. Ogundeji extended the Tigers’ lead to 13-0 with a 61-yard TD run with 2:01 remaining in the opening quarter.

Ethan Klimek connected on a 27-yard TD pass to Eli Klimek and kicked the extra point to give Nevis a 20-0 advantage with 8:56 to play in the first half. After Ogundeji’s 8-yard TD run made it 26-0 at the 6:11 mark, Houchin hauled in a 47-yard TD pass from Ethan Klimek, who kicked the extra point for a 33-0 lead at the 4:15 mark. Ethan Klimek’s 33-yard field goal to end the half gave Nevis a 36-0 advantage.

Austin Ahrendt’s 25-yard TD reception from Ethan Klimek with 8:28 to play in the third quarter concluded the scoring.

Ethan Klimek completed 9 of 14 passes for 190 yards with Ahrendt making four receptions for 81 yards and Houchin catching two passes for 58 yards. Ogundeji rushed six times for 121 yards as the Tigers compiled 391 yards in offense.


Devan Lindow’s 10 tackles, Houchin’s two interceptions, Eli Lewis’ interception and Bennett Mitchell’s fumble recovery led Nevis’ defense.

The win lifted Nevis’ record to 5-1 while CL-B fell to 0-6.

In the other section and district games in Week 6, Fertile-Beltrami defeated Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 40-12, Blackduck blanked Clearbrook-Gonvick 50-0 and Park Christian defeated Laporte 46-26. Fertile-Beltrami improved to 6-0, Blackduck improved to 5-1, NCE/UH fell to 4-2, Clearbrook-Gonvick and Park Christian sit at 2-4, and Laporte fell to 0-6.

Nevis hosts Park Christian this Friday night (Oct. 14) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Nevis 13 23 6 0…42

Cass Lake-Bena 0 0 0 0…0


N–Houchin 50 interception return (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Ogundeji 61 run (kick failed)

N–El. Klimek 27 pass from Et. Klimek (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Ogundeji 8 run (kick blocked)

N–Houchin 47 pass from Et. Klimek (Et. Klimek kick)

N–Et. Klimek 33 FG

N–Ahrendt 25 pass from Et. Klimek (kick failed)


RUSHING: Ogundeji 6-121, Frazier 5-31, Et. Klimek 3-26, El. Klimek 2-14, Mitchell 1-6, E. Lindow 1-3.

PASSING: Et. Klimek 9-14-0 for 190 yards.

RECEIVING: Ahrendt 4-81, Houchin 2-58, El. Klimek 1-27, Benson 2-24.

PUNT RETURNS: Houchin 1-56.



TACKLES (SOLO-ASSISTS): D. Lindow 5-5, Keiser 3-3, El. Klimek 4-0, Benson 1-3, Lewis 3-0, McNamee 2-1, Barens 2-1, E. Lindow 1-2, Ahrendt 1-2, Lester 1-2, Rice 2-0, Ogundeji 1-1, Moe 1-1, Johnson 0-2, Mitchell 0-2, McGee 1-0.

INTERCEPTIONS: Houchin 2, Lewis 1.


KICKOFFS: Et. Klimek 4-124, Rice 3-102.

At its board of directors meeting Thursday, the MSHSL approved a switch in the number of weight classes in wrestling and voted on a proposal to seed all eight teams in football state tournaments.

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