North Bend Eagle



Tigers roll over Gators 63-24 in home debut

by Jason Simanek
published 9/18/96

North Bend Central's Tigers continued their dominance on the football field at home Sept. 13 [1996] as they rolled over Wisner-Pilger 63-24 to take their record to 2-0.

The Tigers scored first in the opening quarter on a 37-yard pass from Mike Albert to senior back Brian Vrana. Matt Philippi's extra point attempt was no good and NBC led 6-0.

Wisner-Pilger answered with a score of their own on a one-yard keeper by their quarterback. The Gators PAT attempt was not good and the score was 6-6.

On their next drive NBC found the endzone again with Albert connected with Vrana on a 12-yard scoring strike. Senior Rusty Fittje caught the PAT pass from Albert and NBC led again 14-6.

Wisner-Pilger answered NBC's second touchdown with one of their own on their next possession. The PAT was no good and NBC led 14-12.

NBC started the second quarter scoring when Fittje scored on a 20-yard reverse. Philippi connected on the extra point and the Tigers led 21-12. After holding the Gators, NBC got the ball back again and proceeded to find the endzone again on a 63-yard scoring strike from Albert to Fittje.

The extra point attempt by Philippi was not good and NBC led 27-12.

Wisner-Pilger scored on their next possession on a 22- yard run. The PAT attempt was not good and North Bend led 27-18.

Senior Mike Hoelscher was the next Tiger to score for Coach Tony Allgood when he scored on a six-yard run. The PAT pass was no good and NBC extended their lead to 33-12.

On their next possession the Gators were forced to punt, setting up a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown by junior Seth Scott. The PAT pass from Albert was no good and NBC led at halftime 39-18.

NBC opened their second-half scoring early in the third quarter when junior Mike Dorcey scored on a 36-yard run. Hoelscher added the two-point conversion and NBC led 47-18.

After holding the Gators on their next possession the Tigers got the ball back again, only to fumble. Wisner-Pilger took the fumble and scored on a 46-yard return. The PAT run was no good and NBC led 47-24.

NBC found the endzone three more times against the Gators. Albert scored the Tigers next touchdown when he ran for 35 yards. Philippi added the extra point and NBC led 54-24.

On their next possession the Gators were forced to punt deep in their own territory. Junior Doug Zabka blocked the punt. The Gators recovered, only to be dropped in their endzone by Philippi for a safety. NBC led 56-24.

Wisner-Pilger then kicked off to the Tigers and on their next drive NBC found the endzone again on a 13-yard run by senior Nathan Capron. Philippi added the extra point and NBC led 63-24.

Against Wisner-Pilger NBC amassed 207 yards rushing and 249 yards passing, for 456 yards of total offense. Dorcey led all ball carriers with nine carries for 65 yards followed by Jesse KIuthe with four carries for 44 yards and Albert with eight rushes for 34 yards.

Albert had 249 yards passing with a completion rate of 68 percent. Fittje hauled in five receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown, Vrana had three grabs for 52 yards and two touchdowns and Hoelscher had two catches for 29 yards.

Defensively the Tigers were led by Shane Powers with three unassisted tackles and 26 assisted tackles, Hoelscher with four unassisted tackles and 13 assisted tackles, Jeff Kruger with two unassisted and 12 assisted and Vrana with four unassisted and nine assisted tackles.

Next up for the 2-0 Tigers is a road game Friday, Sept. 29 at Oakland-Craig. O-C enters the contest also 2-0 and rated in the top en teams in Class C-2 by the Omaha World-Herald. The match-up gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

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