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NCMS First Football Game of the 2017 Season

By: Blake Stallbaumer

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    For the first game of the 2017 Nemaha Central Middle School football season, the team squared off against the Rossville Bulldogs at the Thunder Field. They each had a competitive mindset with intentions to win. NC Thunder headed into the season with fifteen 8th graders and twelve 7th graders making a 27 man roster. The NC Thunder football team is coached by Hadden Hiltgen and Todd Helm.
    On the coin toss, NC Thunder won the toss and made the decision to defer so that Rossville would receive the kick. Neither Rossville nor NC scored on their opening drive. After the Thunder’s punt, Rossville drove down the field then Cooper Hajek got an interception on the Bulldog’s quarterback, Torrey Horak. After the interception, NC was unable to score and Rossville took the chance and scored the first touchdown of the night. The Thunder scored a touchdown of their own tying the score 8-8 at the end of the first quarter.
    During the second quarter, the Bulldogs came back again scoring the first touchdown. Then NC answered with Kurtis Beck scoring a touchdown off a 47 yard fake to the halfback. The Rossville Bulldogs increased their score with Horak scoring 2 touchdowns off of runs, but they failed to convert on both conversions. Later, Rossville scored on a pass and converted the 2-point conversion. By the end of the half, the score was NC Thunder 14 Rossville Bulldogs 34.
    The 3rd quarter started with an 87 yard kick return by the Thunder’s Blake Korber. There was an excellent fundamental block from Blake Stallbaumer that enabled the touchdown return. After the return, the score was NC 20 to Rossville 34. Rossville scored two times in the quarter. Then NC’s Kurtis Beck had a 47 yard pass for a touchdown to brother, Marcus Beck. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the scoreboard showed NC 26, Rossville 48.
    The rest of the game consisted of Rossville scoring another touchdown and NC failing to add any more points to the scoreboard.  At the end of the game, the score was NC Thunder 26 Rossville Bulldogs 56. Even though the Thunder lost this game and the Bulldogs won, it was a lesson for both teams to get better and work harder on fundamentals.
    Thunder tight end Marcus Beck had this to say about the game, “It was a good learning experience. It was a really good preparation for high school when it really counts.” 

    Seventh grade offensive lineman, John Siess said, "The first game was really fun and I was excited about playing in the fifth quarter."

 

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