North Bend Eagle



North Bend 72, Oakland-Craig 22

Record-setting Tigers thrash Knights

by Fred Lambley
published 9/24/86

Oakland-Craig's Knights never knew what hit them last Friday [Sept. 19, 1986] as North Bend Central ran roughshod over them, 72-22, in East Husker football play.

Coach Jim Savio's club was in a record setting mood as they eclipsed the old mark for most scoring in a single game (set in '85 vs Scribner) by rolling up a 56-6 three-quarter margin at one point in the contest.

NBC got on the scoreboard first in the opening quarter at the 7:16 mark when Corey Kavan rambled in from six yards out. The PAT attempt failed, but within another minute NBC was back in the endzone when JR Dodge scored on a three-yard run. Another PAT attempt failed.

Leading 12-0, NBC added a third touchdown in the quarter as Steve Petersen sneaked in from one yard out while Dodge converted the two point PAT for a 20-0 first quarter lead.

Dodge got his second touchdown of the evening at 10:47 on a one-yard while Petersen ran the PAT in for a 28-0 advantage, Less than a minute later, lightning struck again for the Benders when Petersen picked off an O-C pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.

O-C finally managed to get on the scoreboard with just 46 seconds left before intermission as Jason Petersen passed to Jeff Marr for TD that covered 53 yards. The PAT attempt failed.

Jeff Woita completed a perfect half with a fine 29-yard pass Terry Chvatal with just a second left on the clock. A run by Mike Hampl for the PAT completed the first half with NBC up 42-6.

In the third quarter, NBC's Kavan earned his second TD will Travis Spalding added the extra point on a kick.

Woita figured in another touchdown on a two-yard run while Spalding added a second PAT kicK as the Benders closed out the third quarter with a 56-6 advantage.

Reserves dominated the play in the the final quarter. North Bend's Jeff Emanuel blasted over from 19 yards out, on a run, while Greg Beebe put in the two-point PAT at the 11:18 mark.

Oakland-Craig countered at 10:12 when Petersen rambled in from two yards out. Petersen then passed to Troy Anderson for a two-point PAT.

Later, Emanuel scored again for the Tigers from one-yard and completed the Benders scoring for the evening by running in the PAT.

The host Knights got in one last gasp touchdown at :58 on the clock as Brad Larson passed to Mike Case from 20 yards. A Brad Loftis two-point conversion brought the game to a much needed end with a 72-22 score.

It was the Tigers' third straight win this fall.

"When the score is 72-22, you've got to say great game to everybody," Savio said. "Our defense never gave their offense time to get going."

The coach said NBC forced a lot of turnovers and gave the offense the ball in good position to score. "It's not too hard to score when you get the ball on the six and 10-yard lines."

Savio said he was substituting by the end of the first quarter as he didn't feel he should leave in the veteran units and risk injury. "It doesn't do anyone much good if a player gets big stats and then gets injured."

Rushing leaders for the contest for NBC were Hampl 7-67 and Emanuel 8-55. Woita led a limited passing attack with 1-4 for 29 yards.

Dodge had a good evening with 93 yards earned on four punt returns. Defensively, Dodge, Todd Taylor and Kavan led the charts while Paul Vyhlidal, Kavan, Bruce Mahnke, Petersen, Beebe and Hugo Garza also drew praise from Savio.

Homecoming for NBC is this Friday with the 3-0 Tigers playing Logan View, who has a 1-2 record at this time.

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