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Tigers Clinch Conference Title in Yoder

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013


#33 Martin Fitzwater runs the ball with style against Southeast defense.


The NCHS football team wrapped up their second consecutive 1A East Conference championship with a 19-0 win over Southeast last Friday night. With the victory, the 7-0 Tigers have secured home field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Despite SE coming into the game with a 3-3 record, anyone that knows the Tiger-Cyclone gridiron history understands that records don’t matter much for the bitter rivals. As usual, last Friday night at Teeters Field was not much different than most. Both teams traded punts and physical defenses showed up on both sides, as the first quarter ended scoreless.

Early in the second period Southeast made their longest play from scrimmage as Coleman Cooper raced 50 yards down inside the Tiger 20 yard line. The Tiger defense stiffened up-stopping the Cyclones on fourth down at the three yard line. “That was one of the best defensive efforts I’ve seen,” said head coach Matt VandeBossche. “We gave up that one big run and we put together a goal line stand that I was just so proud of our kids, they did an outstanding job tonight.”

Starting 97 yards away from the Lusk goal line, the Tigers were gifted with three 15 yard personal fouls on the drive. The SE defense was up to task as well, keeping the Tiger top ranked rushing attack off balance. “They did a very nice job defensively also, we struggled moving the ball and got pressure on us when we tried throwing the ball,” said coach VandeBossche. Despite the 45 free yards NCHS could not capitalize with any points on the drive.

After another defensive stop, Logan Lamar caught the punt near midfield, then dodged and weaved his way through the Cyclones for the 52 yard touchdown. The conversion was no good but Lusk had struck first, and led 6-0 at halftime.

On the Tigers fourth play in the second half, Matthew VandeBossche finally got free as he raced 37 yards into the endzone. He was stopped hard on the two point run, but Lusk had the 12-0 lead.

Both defenses came up big in the fourth as the home team became desperate to find the endzone. Neither team budged until there was just over two minutes to play as NCHS scored on the same play they did the previous week against Upton-Sundance. Hunter Dockery called the play action pass and found Brady Thurston wide open in the corner of the endzone for the five yard touchdown. Thurston kicked the point after and Tiger fans were feeling pretty good with a 19 point lead with two minutes to go. Lusk was able to hold on to the 19-0 shutout for just their second win in Yoder in the past eight trips.



For the complete article see the 10-23-2013 issue.

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