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NCMS Football Destroys Riverside Middle School

By: Cooper Hajek and John Siess

October 18, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School football team traveled to Elwood for their last game of the season on Thursday, October 11.  Going into the contest, the Thunder team had a 4-2 record, while the Riverside Cyclones had a 0-6 record.

    NC started off strong by scoring on a 40-yard run by Blake Stallbaumer. The Thunder made the two-point conversion.  On the kickoff, Brendon Feltner kicked a deep bomb and NC pinned Riverside at their own 15-yard line. Then on the first play of the drive, Riverside tried a trick play, but defensive end Cooper Hajek forced a fumble and NC recovered.  Next, NC had a 10-yard touchdown run by Stallbaumer and they converted the extra point play. When Riverside got the ball, they were stopped on 4th down. NC took over on downs and drove down the field, handing off to Stallbaumer for another NC touchdown. NC converted the two points again, making the score 24-0.  Still, in the first quarter, the Thunder kicked another deep kick and NC’s Carter Rottinghaus made the defensive stop. The Cyclones finally had a promising drive, but their center had a bad snap and it soared over the quarterback’s head and Hajek recovered. On the next play, Hajek ran for a 30-yard touchdown. NC executed well on the two-point conversion.  On Riverside’s next drive, NC shut them down and forced them to punt. A couple plays later, Hajek threw to Reid McKee in the back of the end zone and the Thunder team went on to convert the two-point conversation. At the end of the exciting first quarter, the score was 40-0, NC on top.

    At the start of the second quarter, Riverside turned the ball over on another fumble.   Then NC’s quarterback, Hajek had a 60-yard touchdown run. NC again made the two-point conversion.  Riverside then threw the ball with the Thunder’s Jaden Thomas intercepting. Stallbaumer ran the ball in for another touchdown making the halftime score 54-0.

    The Thunder team began the second half with their second string lineup, consisting mostly of seventh graders. NC moved the ball down the field, but were unable to score in the third quarter. The Cyclones finally scored with a long run. They converted the extra points to make the score 54-8. In the fourth quarter, the Thunder gave up another touchdown but held strong against the two-point conversion.  The final score was 54-14. The Thunder ended their first season in the Big 7 League with a record of 5-2.

    ''I felt like we played well together," said Holden Bass.

    "I thought we did good and everybody got a lot of playing time," said Garrett Huerter.


 

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