The North Bend Eagle

 

Tigers tromp Terriers

by Mick Mines
Published 11/9/67

The Tigers really proved their worth last Friday night [Nov. 3, 1967], as they thoroughly tromped the Valley Terriers 46-13. The North Bend squad, which was really up for their final game, showed an awesome display of both offense and defense.

Note: Several NBC school records were set in this 1967 game, including:
• Indivisual rushing yards in a game
• Team total offense in a game
• Team interceptions in a game

The scoring began very early for the Tigers, as from their first play from scrimmage, Greg Kucera broke off right tackle for a 59-yard touchdown jaunt. The extra point was missed and the score stood 6-0 in favor of North Bend, with less than a minute and half gone from the game. After exchanging the football, the Tigers got in the scoring column again as Sophomore back Tom Chromy broke into the end-zone from 13-yards out. Greg Kucera rambled for the extra point, and North Bend led going into the second quarter 13-0.

In the second quarter, Kucera again scored a touchdown as he barreled over from the 7 yard line. Dwayne DeTurk scored the extra point and the score stood 20-0, Tigers favor. After a few exchanges of the football, North Bend scored its fourth touchdown of the half, on a 25-yard pass play from Kucera to Steve Hamilton. Bob Leftwich popped over for the extra point and the Tigers entered the locker room with a 27-0 lead.

After a slow start for the North Benders, the score was once again raised as Senior Dave Ristau galloped off the left side of the line for 33 yards and a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, and the score boasted 33-0, North Bend. At this point, Valley scored their first touchdown, as a fumble was recovered on the North Bend 1-yard line. Their extra point after touchdown was good, and the score going into the 4th quarter was 33-7 in favor of North Bend.

Early in the fourth quarter, Tom Chromy scored his second touchdown of the evening, as he hopped over from the 4-yard line. As the game appeared to be a complete romp, Coach Knight sent in Senior Captain Bill Lambrecht to boot the extra point. Bill was successful, and the score ballooned to 40-7. Valley, however scored another touchdown but it wasn't enough to overcome the Tiger lead. The score at this point was North Bend 40, Valley 13. With four minutes remaining in the game, Coach Dan Knight turned over the game to the Senior squad. They didn't let down a bit. With nine seconds remaining on the clock, Steve Hamilton "caught" another Kucera ariel. This one was for 35-yards and the final touchdown. The extra point was missed, but to a bunch of happy Tigers, it didn't matter. Final Score, North Bend 46, Valley 13.

Note: The NB record book records the total offense for this game as 583 yards, six more than reported in the Eagle story. Perhaps the Eagle and the football team kept their own stats, accounting for the difference.

Offensively, the North Bend team racked up a total of 577 yards and 13 first downs to Valley's 292 yards and 6 first-downs. The offensive leader as always, was Senior Greg Kucera, who ran for 254 yards on 19 carries, for a 13.5 average.

Defensively, the Tigers were tough. They only allowed Valley 6-yards rushing. The defensive leaders were Dan Dieckmann with 9 tackles and Jim Hines with 8. Bill Lambrecht recovered a Valley fumble and 6 Valley passes were picked off. Those getting interceptions were Dave DeTurk, Jim Miller, Dan Dieckmann, Larry Ruzicka, Denny Pavel and Mick Mines.

Following the game, the entire team helped as they drowned their coaches.

This brings to an end the Tiger football season. Their season record is 4 wins and 4 losses.

The entire squad joins in saying Thank You Coach.

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