NEVADA – Even though it wasn’t a district game, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter was looking to make a statement against Nevada Friday at Cub Stadium.
The Raiders had struggled putting everything together for four quarters over their first four games, starting off 1-3. But Friday everything clicked for CMB as big plays on offense and the ability to capitalize on turnovers lifted the Raiders to a 49-20 victory over Nevada.
"We needed this just to get our minds right and get the ball started rolling in the right direction," CMB head coach Rob Luther said. "We played hard for four quarters, we didn’t make many mistakes, we were physical, the defense played well and obviously our playmakers came to play and made some big plays tonight."
The biggest Raider play came midway through the second quarter.
CMB jumped out to a 21-7 lead, but Nevada had taken the ball from its own 20 and moved clear down inside the Raider 5 yard-line. Facing a third and goal at the two, the Cubs tried to run the ball in to get within one touchdown, but Zach Samson and Clayton Weltha came up and forced a Nevada fumble.
Raider safety Bryce Kemp was in perfect position to scoop up the ball and after eluding one tackle, he raced 92 yards for a touchdown - suddenly CMB was up 21.
"I think that was the turning point in the game," Kemp said. "It all started with Samson and Weltha as they came up and just clocked that running back. I saw the ball come out, went up and grabbed it and took off."
"They put that in, we’re still in a shootout and we’ve been down that road before," Luther added. "Seven back the other way was kind of the nail in the coffin."
Kemp had already scored two touchdowns off long receptions prior to his big fumble return.
Kemp got behind the Nevada secondary for a 38-yard touchdown reception for his first score. He found the end zone again just 27 seconds later following a Nevada fumble.
This time Kemp used his 6-5 frame to beat a Cub player on a jump ball off a deep pass over the middle from Samson for a 34-yard scoring reception.
"It doesn’t hurt anything having a kid like this where you can throw it up any time and he’ll go up and he’ll go catch it for you," Samson said.
"It all goes back to the summer and just being together through the years playing together (with Samson)," Kemp added. "It also goes back to the line. If they don’t block, I don’t get open, and Samson doesn’t have time to throw the ball."
Samson scored CMB’s first touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first quarter, and he added a 13-yard scoring scamper just before the end of the first half to give his team a commanding 35-7 lead at the break.
The Raiders went up 42-7 early in the third quarter on an 11-yard Gabe Schabillion touchdown run. CMB went into cruise control after that, improving to 2-3 on the season.
"We had a great game plan coming in and I thought the o-line worked really well this week," Samson said. "We watched a lot of film together making sure we know the reads on different run plays and pass plays knowing where the blitz is coming and stuff like that. It feels good to play four quarters."
Samson completed 11 of 14 passes for 182 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also CMB’s leading rusher with 134 yards on 13 carries.
Kemp finished with four receptions for 91 yards and Austin Moorman was also a big-play receiving threat with four catches for 73 yards. Gabe Schabillion stepped in at tailback for Zach Huffaker – who was out with a broken collar bone – and rushed for 49 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.
Defensively, CMB executed a bend, but don’t break game plan to near perfection. Nevada actually outgained CMB in total yards, 402-386, but the Raiders did a great job keeping the Cubs’ production between the 20s.
Clayton Weltha totaled 10 tackles, Austin O’Connor tallied nine, Jordan Coughenour picked up seven and Moorman and Hunter Gunderson racked up six apiece for CMB. Samson joined Kemp in recovering a fumble for the Raiders.
In addition to capitalizing on both Nevada miscues CMB went the entire game turnover free.
Nevada fell to 1-4 on the season with the loss. It was the Cubs’ fourth-straight loss after a season-opening win over South Tama.
The Cubs did have more success offensively this week after combining for only 18 points in their previous three games, including being shutout last week against No. 2 West Marshall. Chase Dobson had a big night running the ball in a losing effort Nevada as he topped the 200-yard mark with 209 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns.
Nevada’s final touchdown came on the last play of the game as Brandon Burke hooked up with T.J. Fey on a 14-yard scoring strike. Burke completed 3 of 6 passes for 62 yards and he added 31 yards on the ground and Fey made two catches for 25 yards.
Next Friday it is back to Class 2A District competition for CMB. The Raiders will be in search of their first district victory against I-35 after dropping their first two games against Bondurant-Farrar and Prairie City-Monroe.
"We’ve got to get ourselves rolling in the (district) standings," Luther said. "It’s all about playing in late October and if we stub our toe again we may not be. Our backs are against the wall so we better play like we did tonight."
The game against I-35 will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Baxter.
CMB 49, Nevada 20
CMB 14 21 7 7 – 49
N 7 0 0 13 – 20
CMB – Zach Samson 14 run (Joey Nissen kick), 6:16
CMB – Bryce Kemp 38 pass from Samson (Nissen kick), 5:49
N – Chase Dobson 4 run (Erik Fevold kick), 0:00
CMB – Kemp 34 pass from Samson (Nissen kick), 11:10
CMB – Kemp 92 fumble return (Nissen kick), 5:32
CMB – Samson 13 run (Nissen kick), 1:17
CMB – Gabe Schabillion 11 run (Nissen kick), 8:09
N – Dobson 8 run (Fevold kick), 9:17
CMB – Brad Ritter 6 pass from Nate Bishop (Nissen kick), 2:33
N – T.J. Fey 14 pass from Brandon Burke (No Attempt), 0:00
Team statistics CMB N
First downs 16 20
Rushes-yards 20-207 52-340
Passing 12-15-0 3-6-0
Passing yards 188 62
Total yards 395 402
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
Punts-average 1-25.0 2-55.0
Penalties-yards 6-60 6-40
Rushing: CMB – Zach Samson 13-134, Gabe Schabillion 9-49, Charles Robertson 4-16, Spencer Gauch 3-7, Nate Bishop 1-5, Brady Stover 1-(-4). N – Chase Dobson 32-209, Riley Huhn 11-78, Brandon Burke 6-31.
Passing: CMB – Samson 11-14-0-182; Nate Bishop 1-1-0-6. N – Burke 3-6-0-62.
Receiving: CMB – Bryce Kemp 4-91, Austin Moorman 4-73, Hunter Gunderson 1-8, Brad Ritter 1-6, Schabillion 1-5, Brady Stover 1-5. N – T.J. Fey 2-25, Patrick Stephenson
Tackles: CMB – Clayton Weltha 10, Austin O’Connor 9, Jordan Coughenour 7, Moorman 6, Gunderson 6.
Fumble recoveries: CMB – Kemp, Samson.