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Spread attach propels Tigers over Logan View

Johnson throws for 266, Kingston rushes for 126 in opening night victory

by Nathan Arneal
published 9/06/06

On a perfect night for football, North Bend Central got a near-perfect start to its 2006 football season.

NBC used a 440 to 104 yard advantage in total offense to defeat conference rival Logan View 21-0 Friday night.

Operating from the shotgun most of the night, senior quarterback Tate Johnson had a Zac Taylor-like performance for the Tigers, connecting on 15 of 24 pass attempts for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

North Bend used four-receiver sets with a lot of short routes to help open the offense and spread the field, something senior running back Todd Kingston was able to take advantage of for 126 yards on 22 rushing attempts.

Logan View was the first team to threaten to score when they moved the ball to the Tiger 12-yard line in the opening quarter. The Raiders lined up to go for it on fourth-and-two, but the Tiger defense stuffed the Raiders and took over on downs.

On the first play of NBC’s possession, Kingston broke through for a 14 yard run to give the Tigers some breathing room.

From there on, the Tigers marched steadily down the field, converting on a couple of fourth-down plays along the way. Johnson hit Spencer Limbach with a 16-yard pass that put the ball on the 1-yard line. From there Kingston punched it in for the touchdown with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Eric Kavan’s PAT gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Coach Rick Watson said the momentum swing caused by the forth-down defensive stand and the ensuing drive “got the blood flowing” for his Tigers.

“These kids have not had many good things happen to them,” Watson said, “so when they got that good feeling, they just felt they couldn’t be stopped tonight.”

The only thing that seemed to stop NBC on this night was its own mistakes. Despite the Tigers’ huge advantage in total offense, the score remained 7-0 at half time.

“The first half the kids did a lot of nice things,” Watson said, “but every time we did something really special we shot ourselves in the foot. One of our team goals was to have 30 or fewer yards of penalties. I think we probably had that in the first three minutes.”

At times the emotion got out of hand, leading to several personal foul penalties on both teams and a Logan View player being ejected after taking a swing at Kingston.

The score stood at 7-0 until late in the third quarter when Johnson dumped a backfield pass off to Kingston, who took it 55 yards for the score.

Around this time the size of North Bend’s line began to take control of the game. NBC held the Raider offense in check and got the ball back and quickly found the offense again.

This time Johnson found senior Tyler Murphy on an out pattern, and Murphy streaked down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown. Kavan’s PAT made the game 21-0 with 11:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.

With seven minutes left, Logan View made one last effort at getting on the scoreboard after intercepting a Johnson pass and returning 15 yards to the Raider 49 yard-line. NBC sophomore defensive end Tyler Kingston then broke through the line to sack the Logan View quarterback.

The Raiders went for it on fourth down and completed a pass right in front of the first down marker but a big hit by Johnson held the Raiders to four-and-out.

Shortly thereafter, the Tiger reserves took over to run out the clock and preserve the shutout.

Johnson hit five different receivers on the night, with Murphy (four catches for 108 yards) and senior Michael Pabian (five for 78) serving as his top targets.

Defensively, junior Nick Lodl led the shutout effort with nine tackles. Tyler and Todd Kingston were right behind with seven tackles each.

Watson said getting the opening win was very important for NBC, especially after a 1-7 campaign a year ago.

“Emotionally it’s huge,” he said. “Typically if the North Bend kids get started off on the right foot they get the positive vibes and everything seems to go. But if we would have started off with a loss tonight, this might have been a long season.”

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