Scouts band together, close out North Bend in heart-stopper

David City Scouts defense lines up in their own territory hoping to stop the North Bend offense. The Scouts held the Tigers to 78 passing yards on the night.

Becca Meusch

Edging out a victory in an overtime thriller against North Bend, the David City High School Scouts football team tore up the Tigers’ field on Oct. 9, winning 28-21.

Coming out strong in the first quarter, the Tigers scored a touchdown with 8:20 on the clock. The extra point was successful, leaving the Tigers ahead 7-0. The Scouts struggled to maintain possession of the ball in the first half, but strong defense helped the Scouts hold the Tigers at the goal line with four minutes left in the first quarter.  

When David City got the ball back, Scout offense sustained multiple yards for continuous first-downs. Unfortunately, David City wasn’t able to finish their last drive for a touchdown before time ran out. The score remained 7-0 with the Tigers ahead.

“We struggled in the first quarter to get anything going, but once we started running between the tackles and following our blocks, the offense seemed to click,” senior Brandon Theween said.  

A successful pass to junior Ross Kirby started the second quarter off strong for David City’s first touchdown. The point after was good, leaving the game tied 7-7. North Bend scored a touchdown with 10:15 remaining after a pass and run up the side. An unsuccessful extra point left North Bend with a 13-7 lead.

A series of fortunate passes helped the Scouts put a drive together. Senior Dustin Papa executed a successful long pass to junior Landon Sweeney, bouncing the Scouts back after a fumble causing them to lose 15 yards. As a result, Sweeney’s 34-yard play marked another David City touchdown with 3:34 remaining on the clock, leaving the Scouts ahead 14-13.

Hurrying to put another drive together, the Tigers ran for three yards with only 17 seconds remaining in the first half. Scoring yet another touchdown and a two-point conversion, the Tigers ended the quarter 21-14.

“We played defense really well in the second half and were able to run the ball with success,” Head Coach Amp Ferg said. “North Bend came out with a really good game plan against us, but after some halftime adjustments we were able to slow them down.”

Play in the third quarter was a defensive battle, including a quarterback sack by senior Anthony Tebbe for a great loss against the Tigers.

Moving the ball early in the fourth quarter, Theewen finished a substantial drive with a strong five-yard run for a touchdown with 10:36 left on the clock. The one-point conversion was good by freshman Douglas Alvarado, tieing the score at 21 points.

Unable to advance, the Tigers had to punt in order to place the Scouts at their own 35-yard line. A flag on the play pulled the Scouts’ run for a touchdown back to the 28-yard line.

Both teams came to a stalemate when neither team was able to advance. Regulation time ended the game still tied 21-21, sending the Scouts and Tigers into overtime.

The Scouts had the ball first as they advanced to the two-yard line. On the fourth down, Sweeney squeaked out a touchdown and secured an extra point. David City’s defense stopped the Tigers from advancing, leaving the Scouts to come out victorious 28-21 at the end of overtime.

“This game will prepare us mentally for future games by proving that even though you’re behind, you can still come back for the win,” Sweeney said. “ Fans might not realize this, but when a play is made and the crowd roars, it sky rockets the team’s morale. We have a solid fan base. Therefore, stay loud and stay proud!”

Stats:

 

Rushing:

Name; Att; Yds; Avg; TD

Brandon Theewen; 8; 79; 4.4; 1

Landon Sweeney; 12; 67; 5.6; 1

Devin Betzen; 7; 27; 3.9; 0

Ryan Worm; 4; 14; 3.5; 0

Dustin Papa; 11; 1; 0.1; 0

 

Receiving:

Name; Rec; Yds; Avg; TD

Ross Kirby; 5; 92; 18.4; 1

Landon Sweeney; 1; 34; 34; 1

Logan Detmer; 1; 9; 9; 0

Brandon Theewen; 1; 7; 7; 0

 

Passing:

Name; Cmp; Att; Yds; TD; Int

Dustin Papa; 8; 12; 142; 2; 2

 

Kicking:

Name; FG; FGA; XP; Pts

Douglas Alvarado; 0; 0; 4; 4

 

Punting:

Name; Num; Yds; Avg; I20

Ryan Worm;1; 42; 42; 1

 

Punt Returns:

Name; Att; Yds; Avg; TD

Dustin Papa; 1; 0; 0; 0

 

Kickoff Returns:

Name; Att; Yds; Avg; TD

Brandon Theewen; 3; 19; 6.3; 0