North Bend Eagle


Rick Limbach
Neither Rick Limbach (10) nor the West Point Cadet happened to catch this particualr pass, although Rick successfully picked off another interception Friday to tie the school record for the most interceptions in a season. Photo published 11/8/79

Gridiron machine sets 11 records, ties 5

by Fred Lambley
published 11/15/1979

"Records are made to be broken" may be an old cliche, but the 1979 North Bend Central football edition fulfilled that billing to its fullest.

Note: records still standing are in bold.

In posting a 6-2-1 record overall, and 5-2 in conference play, that Central earned a two-way tie for second with Tekamah-Herman behind champion Oakland-Craig. In all, the Tigers enjoyed the best season ever by a North Bend team during the 1970s era, according to their head coach Rick Watson.

RECORDS SET INCLUDED: Team rushing record in a single game of 475 yards against Pender, most first downs in a single game was 19 vs Pender, most first downs in a season was 110, most field goals in a season was 5 by Greg Kavan, longest punt return was 82 yards by Mike Gulbrandson vs West Point, longest field goal was a 44-yarder by Kavan vs Boys Town, most tackles in a single game was 19 by Randy Hansen vs Tekamah-Herman, lowest rushing yardage by an opponent was 143.7 yards average per game, lowest passing yardage by an opponent was 37.5 yards average per game, fewest yards gained by opponents in a season was 1632, and minimum points scored by opponents in a season was 87.

RECORDS TIED WERE: 24 points in a single game by Scott Wiebold, opponent's fumble recoveries was 4 by Bob Taylor and Kenny Beranek, passes intercepted in a game was 3 by Rick Limbach, passes intercepted for a season was 7 by Rick Limbach.

Offensively, North Bend tallied 172 points while their opponents registered 87 for a point comparison of 19.1 to 9.6 average. On the ground NBC rushed for 1715 yards compared to 734 for the opponents.

Leading the way was Scott Wiebold with 678 yards on 108 carries for a 6.28 yard average, which also broke the best average per carry. Other note worthy rushing statistics included Mike Gulbrandson's 415 yards on 83 carries for 5.0 average and Mike Cech's 301 yardage totals on 65 carries for a 4.63 average.

Passing yardage was led by Carl Von Rein who attempted 126 passes, had 12 intercepted, completed 46 for 710 yards, and had a 15.4 yard average per throw.

Punting chores were headed by Bob Hartman who was credited with 31 kicks for a total of 994 yards for an average of 32.06 yards per kick.

Kickoff duties were split between Greg Kavan and Mike Cech. Kavan kicked 20 times for 795 yards for a 39.75 yard average per kick. Cech was accorded 536 yards on 14 boots for a 38.28 yard average.

Wiebold and Gulbrandson led the return yardage on punts with 153 and 135 yards in which both had 10 attempts.

Four Tigers came up with credible efforts on kickoff returns. Wiebold ran away with the stats with 205 yards on 11 attempts for a salty 18.63 average. Others averaging double figures in yardage were Rollie Kavan 15, Todd Nott, 14.5, and Gulbrandson 13.

Greg Kavan led the PAT and field goal percentages with 56 and 75 percent respectively.

On the receiving end of the offense Mark Emanuel ran away from the field with 255 yards on 17 catches for a 15 yard average.

Other noteworthy efforts included: Hartman - 3 fo2 23.66 average, John Minarick - 3 for 23.3, Gulbrandson - 4 for 17.5, Limbach - 7 for 14.14, and Wiebold - 6 for 14.3.

Defense, which paved the way for three shutouts this season, was broken down into 4 categories: assisted tackles, unassisted tackles, interceptions, and fumble recoveries.

The assisted leaders were: Kenny Beranek 74, Bob Taylor 70, Randy Hansen 69, Rollie Kavan 60, and Scott Wiebold witb 51. Unassisted tackles were headed by: Beranek 27, Hansen 19, Taylor 18, Wiebold 15, and Mike Cech 13.

Limbach ran away with the interception honors by picking off 7 aerials. His nearest competitor Taylor and Todd Nott who were credited with 2 thefts each.

Fumble recoveries saw Beranek top the charts with 4 while Hartman, Taylor and Troy Nott eared a pair each.

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