TigerHawks take big bite out of Bulldogs

TigerHawks take big bite out of Bulldogs


By Jerry Wadian

The 2013 Homecoming football game turned into a rout early in the evening as North Fayette Valley overwhelmed MFL/MM’s Bulldogs, 66-0.

It took the TigerHawks just two offensive plays to score 14 points; by the end of the first 12 minutes of play NFV led, 39-0.

However, NFV head coach Bob Lape was quick to note, “In MFL/MM’s defense, you have to remember they had to play a game Monday night and we didn’t. In high school, it’s hard to play with only a three-day turnaround.”

Also, the Bulldogs lost their QB on their first series of the night on a wild scramble in which  he ran from sideline to sideline, trying to avoid the rush, when he caught a cleat and left the game with an ankle injury.

“That was the beginning of the end for them,” said Lape.

After that play, the Bulldogs made only two more first downs. For the game, MFL/MM ran the ball 31 times, gaining just one yard – just over an inch per carry! The Bulldogs also lost three fumbles and had a pass picked off. Couple that with short punts into a brisk wind, and NFV had good field position throughout the first half.

The TigerHawk O took advantage and rained points on the defenseless Bulldogs.

On NFV’s first offensive play, Trevor Hurd ran the ball up the gut for 30 yards and a score. Two minutes later, the TigerHawks got in their second offensive play, a 47-yard pass-and-run for a score from Hurd to Derrick Kuehner.

The third offensive series took all of four plays. Hurd threw his only two incomplete passes in eight attempts, before hitting Kuehner for three yards. On fourth and seven, Hurd dropped back, ran to his right, turned the corner and raced 28 yards for his second TD of the game.

Over the next three minutes, NFV would hit paydirt three more times to take an almost unbelievable 39-0 lead into the second quarter, and Lape was already putting in the reserves.

By halftime NFV led, 60-0, making the clock run continuously throughout the second half.

The TigerHawk reserves continued to dominate the Bulldog offense. The NFV offense would score one time in the second half as leading rusher Kedrick Bemiss scrambled around the left side and broke tackles as the sophomore QB raced 40 yards for his first varsity TD.

NFV would only make 10 first downs in the game, but had 364 yards of total offense! Leading rushers Josh Mackey and Derrick Kuehner only carried five times between them. Bemiss rushed for 68 yards, and Hurd for 41 yards.

TigerHawk QB’s threw for 136 yards, including a 6-8 performance for 124 yards and three TDs by Hurd.

Kuehner made five catches for 112 yards and a score. Daniel Streeter and Mackey also caught TD passes from Hurd.

On the heavy night of passing, Lape explained, “We weren’t showcasing the pass, it’s something we work on in every practice. We’ve wanted to get it going more in games, but last week the conditions weren’t right and we didn’t need to work at it. However, we’re all about getting better every week, and the passing game is an important part of getting better.”

The TigerHawk defense played extremely well all night. In all, 23 different players were in on at least one tackle. Jared Bouska recorded team-highs in both total tackles (six) and solo tackles (5).

Sam Ihde, Tyler Johansen and Dalton Lape each recovered a fumble. Mackey picked off one pass and had another pick on a deflected ball negated on a pass interference call.

Afterward, Lape praised his reserves, saying, “They did some nice things. We expect them to play well. You don’t get into a game because you’re on the football team; you get to play because you can do the job.”

Lape concluded,  “I’m pretty happy with the way we played. There is always room for improvement, but we’re getting better every week.”

 

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