The JV Cubs came out with yet another win this week, playing the Grinnell Tigers. Although they struggled offensively, they managed to trump the Tigers.
Coaches had positions playing more snaps than usual, because they were missing many key players they used in previous games. Due to that, it wasn’t until the third quarter when they began to move the ball and complete more passes. Kody Kruschwitz was able to throw to Ross Uthe for a touchdown. Anthony Ellis also caught a pass for a two-point conversion.
Defensively, the Cubs thrived. There were plenty of opportunities to capitalize on, and that’s exactly what the JV did. Anthony Ellis and Henry Nelson both had interceptions that they ran back for 6 points, (pick six). This really gave the team the momentum they needed to keep fighting. Defeating the Grinnell Tigers made the Cub’s JV team 5-1, and they have one last game against Norwalk
Article by Emilio Saldana.
The 8th grade Nevada Cub football team ended their season with a game against Saydel last week. They ended up shutting them out 52-0. The offense executed very well at every position and that’s why they put up so many points. The team didn’t tackle very well though according to Coach Baethke. If there was another game left in the season Coach Baethke would try to improve more on tackling fundamentals.
Overall the team had an amazing season, outscoring their opponents 243-6. The team will have to wait to play more until next year where they will be playing at the freshman level. Some things they will need to do to get prepared for next year are getting faster and getting stronger by getting in the weight room. They have great potential, and they hope to use it when they get to play at a higher level next year.
Article by Joe De Penning.
On October, 6th the Nevada Cubs played the Grinnell Tigers at Cub Stadium. It was Nevada’s last home game of the season, and it was also senior night. The Cubs ended up getting another district win, 23-9.
Coach Kleeman said "Friday night was a great win for our program and our seniors. We secured a winning record, which everyone is proud of. The weather conditions were not ideal, but we battled through and came out with a hard fought victory where we had to come from behind in the 4th quarter. We showed great resiliency and toughness."
Brendan Sellberg was the offensive leader for the Cubs. He rushed for a total of 100 yards with 12 rush attempts and one rushing touchdown. He also had two receptions for 35 yards and one receiving touchdown. Bronzon Mason was the defensive leader on the night. He had 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles, which gave him a total of 7 tackles. He also scooped up one fumble recovery.
The record for the Cubs is now 5-2. The Cubs will be on the road next week against the Norwalk Warriors. The Warriors are 5-2 as well. The Cubs are also undefeated on the road.
Article by Luke Durkop.
Monday night was a great win for the JV Nevada Cubs. The defensive line was one of the major keys in stopping the Bluejays. They pressured the quarterback heavily which prevented them from making big plays. The Cubs also had their first defensive touchdown from Blake Bottorf, who had an interception.
On offense, Coach Sampson was able to call anything he wanted. They had success in not only passing, but the running game. This meant trouble for long time rivals. Carter Bremer caught two touchdowns for the cubs, and Mason Hapes ran in for the other.
This was a very well deserved win for the Cubs. The past years, our JV and the freshmen team both lost to the Bluejays. This year, those losses added to the JV’s determination to beat them.The JV finished Bondurant-Farrar off with a score of 25-0, making their record now 4-1.
Article by Emilio Saldana.
The 8th Grade Nevada Cubs football team took on the Roland Story Norsemen for their last game of the season. They shocked the Norsemen, winning 54-0. The team played one of their best games of the season. Their offense was able to execute very well the whole game, even with the wet conditions.
The Cubs managed to have no turnovers on offense and forced quite a few on the defensive side. The team was able to hold the Norsemen scoreless, their third shutout of the season. Overall the team had a very solid performance all throughout the game.
This was a great season for the 8th graders, and they hope to improve even more before their season playing as freshman for Nevada High School.
For their last game of the season the 7th grade team played against the Roland Story Norsemen. They ended up losing 8-0 in a very close game. The Roland Story defense shut them down most of the game until they had one good play that they scored on.
Coach Corbin believes the team could’ve done better if they were more used to wet weather. Their QB and center exchange was a problem throughout the game.
Coach Corbin was really pleased with a few players. "Cade Knop and Nate Anderson played very well throughout the game," he said.
The team will hope to learn from this season and come back even better than before. They end the season with a record of 2-3. Overall they had a good season but will look to improve in as many areas as they can before next season.
Article by Joe De Penning.
On September 29, the Nevada freshmen football team played against Bondurant-Farrar on the Blue Jays’ homecoming night. It was a tough battle between both teams but at the end Bondurant came out on top the final score of Bondurant 28 Nevada 2.
The Cubs started off strong but then seemed to buckle under pressure when Bondurant scored their first touchdown. Going into halftime, the score was 13-0, Bondurant.
The second half the Cubs stiffened up their defense and started moving the ball between the 20’s. Unfortunately, the Cubs couldn’t seem to find the endzone. The Cubs still had a little gas in the tank and caused a safety on the Blue Jays in the last minute of the game to put 2 points on the scoreboard. The final score was Nevada 2 and Bondurant 28.
Next week the Cubs will face off against the Grinnell Tigers at home with the kick off scheduled at 4:30. Go Cubs.
Article by Omunique Wilkerson.
On September 29th, the Nevada freshman football boys kicked off homecoming night against North Polk.The night ended with a heartbreaking los in final seconds with the final score, 30-22
Freshman player Myleek Wilkerson was interviewed after the game to talk about the battle. He said, “I was pumped up because it was homecoming week, and it was a big game for us. The momentum was slow in the first quarter but started to pick up when I caused a fumble from my big hit at the end off the first quarter.”
North Polk was the first team to score. Nevada quickly answered back with a touchdown of their own by completing a 15 yard pass to Myleek Wilkerson. Coming out of halftime Mason Adams picked up a 40 yards fumble recovery which led up to a quarterback sneak by Blake Bottorf to give the cubs the lead.
North Polk fought back to tack on 7 more points to tie the contest. The Cubs responded by marching down to midfield and had the play of the game. Blake Bottorf threw a 50- yard bomb to Caden Jones to send the game to overtime.
North Polk got the ball first marked at the ten yard line and reached into their own bag of tricks. They threw a halfback pass to convert a touchdown. Cubs had a final opportunity to score when Blake Bottorf booted out for a pass. No receivers were open, so he scrambled and dove towards the end zone pylon but unfortunately came up short. The final score was Nevada 22 and North Polk 30. Next week the Cubs will face off against the Bondurant Blue Jays with the kick off scheduled at 4:30. Go Cubs.
Article by Omunique Wilkerson
The 8th grade Nevada football team battled against the Gilbert Tigers on September 28th. The Cubs came away with a dominant 41-6 victory. Coach Baethke believes they played a really good first half but kind of slowed down in the second half. They started the game by returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Their passing was excellent because they only had around 1 incompletion. They were able to back up their great offensive performance with a couple of interceptions on defense.
The Cubs will now have to face the Roland Story Norsemen on October 5th. Coach Baethke said that the team needs to work on offensive execution and playing well the whole entire game. The 8th grade team’s record is 3-0, and they hope to stay undefeated.
Article by Joe De Penning
On September 15th the Nevada freshman boys had a great outcome against Knoxville. The final score was 27-6.
After the game when we met up with freshman head coach Corey Barloon, he said “The freshman game started slow. The heat played a big factor into the play. Knoxville got on the board first with a nice drive. Nevada answered with a good drive capped off by a 25 yard run by Caden Jones. Nevada went for two and converted with a run by Blake Bottorf.
“At Half it was 8-6 Nevada. The second half, Nevada started rolling. It started with a one-handed interception from Blake Bottorf. Ayden Rhodes made them pay with a 25 yard run up the middle, Carlos Buenrrostro Martinez added on the extra point. On the next drive by Knoxville, Nevada recovered a fumble, setting up a long pass from Blake Bottorf to Ayden Rhodes.
Bottorf then completed the drive with a TWO yard run into the endzone. The extra point was blocked. Nevada scored one more time on a connection between Bottorf and Cooper Bovee in the endzone. The extra point was blocked again.
The final score was Nevada 27 and Knoxville 6. “It took the freshman a little time to get rolling but they got-er-done,” said Coach Barloon. “I was proud of the way they continue to fight and compete.
On September 8th,the Nevada freshman football boys played against Carlisle.The final score was Carlisle 35, Nevada 6.
Freshman player, Jack Chandler was interviewed after the game to talk about the clash between the two school. He said, “We had a lot of confidence in the beginning of the game because we had scouted their triple option all week.”
This game was a learning point to teach the cubs to be more physical. It was hard to stop Carlisle because of their sizes up front and the speed of their unique offense.
Article by Omunique Wilkerson.