Beavers chew up TigersNorthwestern will try to regroup when it hosts Barron Friday on parent’s night at the Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex in Maple. Cumberland travels to Spooner to take on the Rails.
By: By Mike Granlund, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Beavers put a whipping on the Northwestern Tigers Friday night in Heart O’ North Conference football action with a 42-0 win at the new Endeavor Stadium in the Island City.
The wins ties Cumberland with Northwestern at 2-2 in the HON. Cumberland is 3-3 overall and the Tigers are 4-2.
Friday’s game started out as a defensive battle between the teams, with special teams playing a key part in the opening half.
Beaver punter Colin Elfers boomed a 58-yard punt with no return on the first drive to give Cumberland field position and then kicked a 52-yarder with no return down to the 5-yard line. Northwestern then proceeded to fumble and it was pounced on by A.J. Ricci in the end zone for a touchdown. A.J. Becker’s point-after made it 7-0 Beavers with 3:39 left in the opening quarter.
Early in the second quarter a snap went sailing over Tiger quarterback Luke Freeman’s head and out of the end zone for a safety, making it 9-0 Beavers.
Cumberland’s Zack Nyhus returned the ensuing free kick to the 16 and on the next play Travis Miller caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Damon Feiertag and it was 16-0 with 10:38 left in the half.
Cumberland used the momentum to score twice more with Jaylen Lansin going 19 yards for a score and Nyus 14, making the result 29-0 at the half.
In the second half, Beaver speedster Travis Miller carried the ball only twice, but both for touchdowns, on runs of 38 and 61 yards.
The Tigers’ best chance to score came late in the game when Jordan Orme’s 35-yard field goal attempt fell just short of the crossbar.
The unofficial statistics were not as bad as the score, with Cumberland outgaining Northwestern 292-166.
Nate Pearson led Northwestern with 83 yards rushing and Micah Goetsch caught two passes for 22 yards. Quarterback Luke Freeman was 2-of-4 passing for 22 yards and one interception.
For Cumberland, Miller, Nyhus and Lansin combined for 225 yards on the ground, and quarterback Feiertag was 6-of-6 passing.
The Tigers were led in tackles by Jay Karich and Nate Pearson. Freshman Alex Tecker recovered a fumble for the Tigers.
Northwestern will try to regroup when it hosts Barron Friday on parent’s night at the Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex in Maple. Cumberland travels to Spooner to take on the Rails.