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Mike Granlund

For The Telegram

MAPLE — Any plans the Northwestern High School football team had of winning a Heart O’ North Conference title were put on hold with a 40-21 loss to the Cumberland Beavers Friday night at Gordon L. Nelson Field in Maple.

The game, which was played in a steady rain, featured six Tiger turnovers and a big game by Cumberland quarterback Kobe Berghammer, who ran for four touchdowns and passed for two more as the Beavers moved into a second-place tie in the HON with Northwestern, Spooner and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser with 4-2 records.

Bloomer (7-1, 5-1) took over sole possession of first place with a 44-27 win over Hayward.

“It is tough to win when you have six turnovers,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “Our defense had to be on the field too long and I feel they got tired in the second half.

“But that game’s done and we have to prepare for Ladysmith. After that, we are in the playoffs and that is what really matters.”

Northwestern started strong Friday and stopped Cumberland on the game’s opening drive.

However, after the first of four Tiger fumbles, Cumberland took an 8-0 lead on Berghammer’s 33-yard TD pass to Andrew Barnes. Reid Olson scored on the conversion for an 8-0 Beaver lead.

Northwestern answered quickly with a 50-yard touchdown run from junior Reagan Ruffi, but the run for two points failed, leaving the Tigers trailing 8-6.

Berghammer’s 1-yard touchdown run made the score 14-6 in the second quarter.

The Tigers followed with a drive that moved the ball to the Beaver 1-yard line. But a second Tiger fumble was recovered by Cumberland with 3:37 to go in the half.

Cumberland followed with a 98-yard drive which was highlighted by an 81-yard quarterback draw play by Berghammer. However, Northwestern kept Cumberland from scoring when junior Keegan Plasch put a jarring hit on the Beaver runner and the Tigers recovered a fumble just shy of the goal line.

On the opening drive of the second half Tiger junior Trevor Janowicz picked off a tipped pass and returned it to the 1-yard line, which led to a Andrew Hanson touchdown. Keegan Plasch scored on the conversion to tie the game at 14-14.

Northwestern got the ball back on a punt and it didn’t take long as Ruffi did it again; this time a 47-yard scamper down the right sidelines for a touchdown. Isaac Nichols booted the point after to give Northwestern a 21-14 lead with 7:12 left in the third quarter.

By now the rain had stopped and the huge homecoming crowd in Maple was feeling good, but Berghammer spoiled the mood by leading Cumberland to four unanswered touchdowns.

Faced with third and long, Berghammer’s 40-yard pass to Max Narges moved the ball to the Tiger 20. After a couple plays, Berghammer again found Narges, this time for a 20-yard TD. The extra point failed, leaving Northwestern with a 21-20 lead.

A Cumberland interception set up Berghammer’s 1-yard TD. He also got the two-pointer and it was 28-21 for the Beavers late in the third quarter.

Berghammer scored on another quarterback keeper from a 1-yard out and then added his fourth running touchdown with 2:11 left to seal the deal for Cumberland at 40-21.

Ruffi provided much of the Tiger offense with 221 yards rushing, giving the junior 1,195 yards on the season. Hanson added 37 yards and Plasch had 29.

Tiger quarterback Kade Bartelt completed four passes, two each to Ruffi and Brody Payton.

Berghammer entered the game as the second leading passer in the state, averaging more than 325 yards per game. The Tigers held him to 157 yards on 9-of-21 passing, but Berghammer did his damage on the turf with 129 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Riley Bodsberg added 66 yards and Olson had 60. Narges caught three passes for 62 yards and Olson three for 60 yards.

Defensively, Northwestern was led by Plasch and Carson Holsclaw with six tackles apiece.

Northwestern played without leading tackler Alex Isakson, who suffered a knee injury last week and is likely out for the season.

The Tigers wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Ladysmith (3-5, 1-5).

Cumberland............. 8...... 6      14    12    —     40

Northwestern........... 6...... 0      15      0    —     21

First Quarter

C — Kobe Berghammer 33-yard pass to Andrew Barnes (Reid Olson run).

N — Reagan Ruffi 51-yard run (run failed).

Second Quarter

C — Berghammer 1-yard run (run failed)

Third Quarter

N — Andrew Hanson 2-yard run (Keegan Plasch run)

N — Ruffi 48-yard run (Isaac Nichols kick).

C — Berghammer 20-yard pass to Max Narges (pass failed)

C — Berghammer 7-yard run (Berghammer run).

Fourth Quarter

C — Berghammer 1-yard run (pass failed)

C — Berghammer 4-yard run (run failed)

TEAM STATISTICS

                                                 C              N

Total Plays............................. 58            55

First Downs............................ 20            15

First Downs............................ 20            15

Rushing Yards...................... 258          315

Passing............................... 9-22-1       3-8-2

Passing Yards...................... 157           28

Total Offense......................... 415          343

Fumbles/Lost......................... 1-1           4-4

Penalties.............................. 6-50         3-25

Defensive Sacks................... 1-3           0-0

Time of Poss....................... 22:13       25:47

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — C, Kobe Berghammer, 15-129; Riley Bodgsberg, 13-66; Reid Olson, 3-60; Max Narges, 2-15; Jack Martens, 1-2. N, Reagan Ruffi, 26-221; Andrew Hanson, 7-37; Keegan Plasch, 3-29; Kade Bartelt, 4-20; Brody Payton, 1-8; Trevor Janowicz, 1-3; Isaac Nichols, 1-3.

PASSING — C, Berghammer, 9-21-1-157. N, Bartelt, 3-8-2-28.

RECEIVING — Narges, 3-62; No. 11, 3-50; Steven Hanson, 1-6; Jack Martens, 1-5. N, Ruffi, 2-14; Payton, 1-14.

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