North Bend Eagle


1979 Pender vs. North Bend Central
MEETING AT THE LINE: NBC defense, in dark jerseys, meet the Pender offense
early in the first quater of the football opener Friday [Sept. 7, 1979].

Tigers frolic in second half to win opener against Pendragons

by Fred Lambley
published 9/13/1979

The 1979 gridiron season opened with a typical first half of action that saw, for the most part, Pender and North Bend play between the 30-yard lines. After 24 minutes of play, the half ended 0-0 and a frustrated NBC football team headed for regrouping at intermission.

In that half the Tigers best showing on the ground came from Scott Wiebold's 22-yarder and an 8-yarder by Mike Cech. Later, an apparent touchdown pass from Carl Von Rein to Mike Gulbrandson with 3:22 showing on the clock was called back on a penalty infraction. In fact, penalties severely hampered the Tigers entire first half.

The first hint that '79 was different was the 2nd half kickoff as the Benders put the ball down to the 5-yard line where a host of Pender players watched the ball roll around on the ground with no one picking it up. Meanwhile the hungry Tigers pounced on the pigskin and the first major error of the game fell on Pender.

Coach Rick Watson's offense got untracked in quick order with the big damage coming from one of the smaller players on the team. Senior halfback Scott Wiebold put the climax to the PHS error with an 8-yard burst to paydirt and suddenly NBC had the first lead of the game at 6-0. The PAT attempt failed and with 10:25 left on the 3rd period clock, the Benders were on their way to victory.

Defense kept things interesting with a nifty pass interception by Rick Limbach with 2:29 left in the 3rd quarter. Another touchdown run came via Wiebold's 55-yarder. and the quarter ended 12-zip in favor of NBC.

At 7:47 left in the final quarter, Wiebold struck again at the Pendragons by going 5 yards for a touchdown. A deflected pass to Limbach became the only 2-pointer of the night for the Tigers in PAT attempts and the locals moved even further ahead, 20-0.

A frustrated PHS club elected to go more to the airways to try closing the gap, but a stingy defense continued to fire up the Tigers after a lethargic first half. Limbach continued to show his skills by ball-hawking a pair of Dragon passes to all but squelch any PHS offense.

The finishing touches to an opening game victory came as Wiebold again split the defenders with a beautiful 51-yard scamper that left Pender somewhat befuddled. The PAT attempt again failed. but North Bend had an insurmountable lead, 26-0.

Coach Watson then went to the bench and came up with a pair of good-looking offensive players in the likes of quarterback Todd Nott and halfback Tim Wiebold. In fact, just as time ran out, the second '11 was about to register another score.

The win marked the first time in four years or more the Benders had picked up an opening season win. Yardage was lopsided as NBC outrushed Pender 475-52 with S. Wiebold getting 224 yards on only 17 carries. Passing yardage was closer with the locals out front, 73-59.

The big questionmark, the quarterback position, appeared to be in good hands for Coach Watson as Von Rein and Nott showed considerable poise and, for the most part, were on target with their passes.

Defensively, the rock-ribbed effort in the second half' was led by Kenny Beranek and Bob Taylor. Both had also stood out on "D" in the first half.

Individual statistics saw Beranek, Taylor and Rollie Kavan top the charts with assisted tackles, while Wiebold and Taylor led the unassisted category.

Offensively, NBC was led by Wiebold's 13.2 average per carry. Other leaders were Tim Wiebold 8.6 and Mike Cech 6.5 per carry.

Again, there is a discrepancy between the NBC record book and the Eagle's coverage at the time of the event. The record book lists the rushing yardage record as 475, while the Eagle reported 481. However, an article run following the 1979 season did list the single game rushing record as 475 yards, giving that total a ring of legitimacy.

Teamwise, the Tigers set a rushing record with a total of 481 yards, breaking the old mark set in 1967 against Valley of 398 yards. Wiebold tied the one game scoring mark of [Greg] Kucera in '67 and [Frank] Pollard in '69 with 24 points, while Limbach tied the school mark for interceptions with 3, sharing that record with Steve Settles.

First down totals of 19 was a one game school record also, breaking the old mark of 14 in 1969.

The locals journey to Scribner Friday for another conference game. Scribner is 0-1 after absorbing a 39-16 loss to Oakland-Craig. Game time is 7:30 on Sept. 14.

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