North Bend Eagle



Oakland-Craig hands NBC 28-16 loss

by Neal Dunker
published 9/20/95

[Note: The game coverage in the Eagle reported Albert's passing performance as 19-for-38. The NBC football record book says he set records for both completions and attempts with a 18-for-39 performance. Someone got their numbers transposed, and we're not sure who.]

Oakland-Craig used a big 14-point first quarter on their way to defeating the North Bend Central Tigers 28-16 last Friday night [Sept. 15, 1995]. Oakland, ranked as high as No. 2 in Class C-2, handed the Tigers their first loss on their way to their third victory.

Oakland scored on their first possession of the game when Ryan Lloyd ran it in from 33 yards out. Joe Anderson added the PAT and O-C went up early 7-0.

The Knights added another touchdown before the first quarter ended when Chad Baker picked up a fumbled snap on a punt and ran it back 54 yards. Anderson added the PAT and Oakland took a 14 point advantage into the second period.

In the second quarter the Knights capitalized on another Tiger fumble. O-C quarterback Andy Rennerfeldt crossed the goal line from one yard out but the PAT attempt failed and the Tigers found themselves down by a score of 20-0.

NBC scored before the half ended when Justin Nelsen split the uprights from 27 yards out and the Tigers put three points on the scoreboard to cut the difference to 20-3 at halftime.

North Bend came out for the second half and scored first when Matt Dodge grabbed a TD pass from Mike Albert. The three-yard pass along with the Nelsen PAT cut the Oakland lead in half at 20-10.

Oakland regained some of the momentum when they completed a 48-yard pass on third and nine to keep their drive alive. The Knights scored a few plays later when Rennerfeldt found Jason Keough from five yards out for the touchdown. O-C went for two and Rennerfeldt ran it in to make it 28-10.

The Tigers answered the Knight score with one of their own as Albert threw a scoring strike to Derek Kavan from the 14 yard line. Oakland led 28-16 but the Tigers went for two. The attempt failed and the score stood.

NBC then recovered their onside kick attempt but the Tigers, playing from a quick shot gun offense couldn't capitalize and the Knights went home with the win.

Statistically neither team had an edge. The Tigers had the advantage passing for 170 yards to 75. The Knights led in rushing 181 to just 57 for NBC. Both squads racked up 11 first downs.

Individually for the Tigers. Sam Settles had six catches for 45 yards. Dodge had five receptions for 73 and a touchdown and Kavan hauled in four passes for 33 yards and added one TD.

Albert completed 19-38 passes for 170 yards. Ryan Hoops led the ground attack with 48 yards on 13 carries and Mike Dorcey followed with eight rushes for 35 yards.

Defensively, Mike Hoelscher led NBC with 16 tackles. Hoelscher was followed by Chris Saalfeld who had 14 tackles along with two blocked punts which led to scores. Dodge was third with eight tackles and Albert had an interception.

"The fumbled punt snap proved costly as they ran it back for a touchdown," Coach Tony Allgood said. "On our next series they recovered a fumble and scored on that series. Those two plays cost us dearly, allowing O-C to go up 20-0.

"I was very proud of the effort our players gave for 48 minutes. We had some mistakes that put us in a hole we couldn't get out of," Allgood said. "I thought in the second half we were the dominant team offensively and defensively outgaining O-C 149 yards to 112."

This week the Tigers will head to Logan View for their fourth game of the year. The Raiders are undefeated and the game will have significance in determining the front runners in the conference.

"Logan View is 3-0 and coming off an impressive 24-7 win against West Point. They had a lot of big plays in that game," Allgood said. "If we give an effort consistent with what we gave against Oakland-Craig in the second half, we should be right in the game."

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