North Bend Eagle



Passing records fall in season opening win

by Terry Mylander
published 9/6/00

Before the season began, North Bend Central coach Tony Allgood was hoping that the Tigers would be able to develop a strong passing game.

Neil Hines
Neil Hines

If Friday night's [Sept. 1, 2000] contest was any indication, Allgood should be excited about this year's squad as the Tigers broke three passing records in a 31-12 victory over West Point.

Neil Hines collected two of those records as he caught 10 receptions, the most in one game, for 184 yards, another record. Quarterback Jason Wehner claimed the record for passing percentage as he completed 10 of 14 attempts for a 78.6 percentage.

"I was very pleased with the effort of all the players. No matter who was in the game, they played very hard," coach Tony Allgood said.

After the Cadets were forced to punt on their opening possession, North Bend went to work.

Staring on their own 37, the Tigers ran on their first two plays from scrimmage and then used a 29-yard pass play from Wehner to Hines to drive to the West Point 27 yard line. The duo connected again three plays later, this time on a 21-yard pass to put the ball on the Cadet three.

The Cadet defense stiffened and held the Tigers on three tries. So on fourth down, freshman kicker Jake Wesch was called upon.

Wesch booted a 23-yard field goal straight through the uprights as the Tigers went on top 3-0 with 5:43 to go in the first quarter.

As the offense was clicking, the defense did their part as they made the Cadets go three and out on their next possession.

North Bend wasted little to find paydirt on their second possession of the contest as Wehner hooked up with Hines again on a 46-yard scoring strike. Wesch booted the extra point and the Tigers led 10-0 with 2:56 to go in the first quarter.

West Point began to drive the ball until they reached mid-field and the Tiger defense turned back the Cadet attack.

On fourth down, the Tigers came charging and blocked the Cadet punt which gave them first down on the Cadet 39-yard line.

Syd Hamilton gained nine yards on a pair of runs and the combination of Wehner and Hines connected three times, the final one coming on a seven-yard touchdown on fourth and five from the seven yard line.

Thee extra point kick was good and North Bend had increased their lead to 17-0 with 7:09 go in the opening half of play.

The Tiger defense continued to cause West Point problems in the first half as the Cadets lost eight yards on their next possession.

North Bend's offense continued to click as Hines was the recipient of a 38-yard pass to put the ball on the Cadet 24-yard line.

As the air attack was becoming a threat, it opened up the Tiger running game as Hamilton then took the ball on the next play and broke around a blitzing Cadet and raced 24 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.

With 4:40 to go in the half, the Tigers had increased their lead to a comfortable 24-0 margin.

West Point sustained their best drive of the first half as they kept it on the ground and found some success with three big runs coming from Brian Abrahams and Gary Cook.

Abrahams capped the drive with a l0-yard run up the middle with 50 seconds to go in the half.

The two point conversion failed and the Tigers took a 24-6 lead at the intermission.

North Bend started the second half, right where they left off, driving down the field. But on the opening possession, North Bend fumbled and the Cadets recovered on their own 35 yard line, ending the Tiger drive.

West Point drove down to the Tiger 12 before the Tigers held on fourth and goal from the 12 yard line.

NBC used the ground attack, without Jeff Phelps who was injured in the first half, for their next scoring drive.

Wehner raced 15 yards on the option before Hamilton had two carries, each for 21 yards. Hamilton scored on his second 21-yard carry with 2:15 to go in the third quarter as the Tigers increased their lead lo 31-6.

West Point scored in the final two minutes of the game to make the final score 21-12.

"Jason Wehner put us in good situations all night. I thought he looked great at the quarterback position and Syd Hamilton had a very solid performance with 87 yards on 11 carries. That means our offensive line played well. They gave us time to throw and our run blocking in the second half was much better," Allgood said.

Along with Hamilton's 87 yards, Wehner gained 71 yards on 10 carries.

Hines had 10 receptions for 184 yards and Luke Sprakel caught one pass for nine yards.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Chad Leftwich and Dale Kavan. Leftwich finished with 14 tackles, including four unassisted and Kavan had 16 tackles.

"Chad Leftwich and Dale Kavan were outstanding. A big key to our linebacker play was our defensive ends, Nathan Hall and Andrew Sic, did an excellent job of keeping the offensive linemen off our linebackers, allowing them to make the plays," Allgood said.

The Tigers will travel to Logan View Friday for a 7 p.m. contest against the 1-0 Raiders.

"Logan View looked solid in their win over Valley. Once again they are big and physical. A new dimension for them this year is that they throw pretty well. We'll need to get some injuries healed up and get ready for a physical game," Allgood said.

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