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Ethan Bauer, right, and Chance Eckmann celebrate Bauer's 75-yard touchdown reception against West Point-Beemer.

Bauer, Kavan, Hines set school records in shutout

by Nathan Arneal
published 10/21/08

With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the North Bend Tigers got defensive.

Drew Hines set the tone on the game’s first play from scrimmage when he intercepted West Point-Beemer’s attempt to strike quickly with a deep pass.

The Cadets would come within 15 yards of the end zone four times during the game, but they were turned away each time.

“The defense did a great job down there,” coach Rick Watson said. “We got some huge plays and some huge tackles.”

After the two teams combined for just one first down on the game’s first five possessions, North Bend finally broke the stalemate when Eric Kavan hooked up with Ethan Bauer for a 75-yard touchdown pass.

IntDrew Hines, left, came down with this inteception on a fade pass in the end zone to end a Cadet scoring threat in the second quarter. It was his second of three INTs.

On its next possession, West Point snapped the ball over its punter’s head. Tony Hartman pounced on the Cadet punter to give the Tigers the ball on the West Point 35, setting up another Kavan-to-Bauer scoring strike, this time from 18 yards out.

West Point made a bid to cut into the lead when it connected on passes of 43 and 34 yards to move the ball to the Tiger 15-yard line.

On the next play, Tyler Kingston sacked the Cadet quarterback for a loss of 11 yards and North Bend eventually got the ball back on downs.

Looking to add to NBC’s lead before halftime, Kavan dropped back to pass and nearly had his head twisted off when a Cadet defender grabbed onto his facemask in passing. Once the defender let go of his facemask, Kavan recovered to find Bauer downfield for a 36-yard strike. With the facemask penalty tacked on to the end of the play, NBC was given the ball on the 12-yard line. A few plays later, senior fullback Rick Schutt plunged in from one-yard out to give the Tigers a three-touchdown lead.

West Point wasn’t conceding anything, though, as the Cadets moved the ball all the way to the Tiger 11-yard line before Hines ended the threat by intercepting a fade pass in the end zone.

The Tigers used a noticeable edge in emotion and energy to gain the advantage on the visitors. Quarterback Eric Kavan said that energy had been building all week long.

“We knew what we had to do to get to the playoffs this year,” Kavan said, “and that’s to win the last two games, come out with a lot of fire and intensity and get the job done.”

In the second half, the Cadets kept charging, but were halted by a black and orange brick wall within sniffing distance of the end zone.

On WPB’s first two possessions of the second half, they marched the ball down to the North Bend four and eight-yard lines only to fail on fourth down each time.

CatchEthan Bauer hauls in a pass from Eric Kavan that he would turn into a 75-yard touchdown.

North Bend tacked on one more touchdown when Jared Treat hauled in an eight-yard pass for six points. Besides his three touchdown passes, Kavan also broke his own school record with 315 passing yards on 13-for-17 passing. The old record was his 295 yards against Wisner-Pilger last season.

Kavan wasn’t the only record breaker, though. With West Point playing eight men near the line of scrimmage, Bauer was left with one-on-one coverage, which he exploited for 181 receiving yards on six catches. That total gives him 603 receiving yards for the year, breaking Rusty Fittje’s single-season mark of 590 set in 1996.

West Point got the ball one last time with 4:34 left, but on the first play, Hines intercepted his third pass of the night, preserving the shutout and tying the school record for interceptions in a single game. All three of his picks came in jump ball situations.

“He was just lofting them up,” Hines said, ”and coach Watson said to catch it at its highest point. I was just going back to what we practiced.”
Hines now has five interceptions on the season and gives NBC a potent weapon in its defensive backfield.

“He’s a lock-down defensive back,” Watson said. “He goes man-on-man a lot of times with the best receivers. He just did a great job out there and had great position.”

Hines also led the Tigers in rushing with 54 yards on 19 carries and had four catches for 55 yards.

Kingston led the defense with 12 tackles from his spot at defensive tackle. Treat added 11 tackles and Hartman had eight.

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