Analysis of No. 7 Nevada's 35-12 dismantling of West Marshall

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Cason Stevenson rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns during Nevada's 35-12 victory over West Marshall Friday in State Center.

The Nevada football team made a huge early statement Friday. The Cubs, ranked seventh in Class 3A, traveled over to State Center and crushed traditional powerhouse West Marshall, 35-12. Here are key takeaways from the 2-0 Cubs' impressive victory:

Stevenson arrives

Nevada tailback Cason Stevenson had a breakout game. West Marshall did a great job taking away superstar Cub receiver Caeden DaSilva, who only had one catch after making seven for 209 yards in the opener against Boone. With the Trojans focusing on DaSilva, Stevenson stepped up to run for 163 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. Stevenson ran for just 36 yards against Boone.

"We had to adjust, and I thought our kids responded well," Nevada head coach Andrew Kleeman said. "The way they were defending us caused us to rely on our running game.  We were able to win the line of scrimmage especially in the second half."

Edwards keeps plugging away

West Marshall may have done a great job on DaSilva, but the Trojans couldn't stop Cub quarterback James Edwards from having his second big game in a row. Edwards took advantage of Nevada's experienced line to run for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against West Marshall. He also completed 7 of 9 passes for 47 yards.

The defense delivers again

Nevada's Aden Ballard (61) forces a fumble as he tackles West Marshall's Peyton Hart during the No. 7 (Class 3A) Cubs' 35-12 drubbing of the Trojans Friday in State Center.

One week after holding Boone to seven points the Cubs limited West Marshall to just six over the first three quarters. That enabled Nevada to build a 28-6 lead and put the game away early.

"Defensively, we gave up some yards," Kleeman said. "But we were able to limit the big play and forced them to drive the field."

 Nevada forced two turnovers and had nine tackles for loss. Linebacker Cael Franzen had 12 tackles and two stops behind the line, Caleb Kooiker made 10.5 stops, Karter Beving had 7.5 tackles and one interception and Connor Schnettgoecke chipped in 4.5 stops and a fumble recovery.

Still not satisfied

Connor Schnettgoecke and the Nevada defense want to turn in another dominant performance against Roland-Story this Friday at Cub Stadium in Nevada.

The win was a big one for Nevada over its old rivals. But the Cubs know there is still work to be done if they want to win a district title. They were not perfect on Friday.

"We're happy with the win, but we have to clean up the turnovers and focus on ball security this week," Kleeman said. "We look forward to another rivalry game Friday."

Nevada hosts another old rival this Friday in Roland-Story (1-1). The Norsemen snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 26-7 victory over East Marshall last Friday.

Nevada 35, West Marshall 12

N        14        7        7        7 — 35

WM      6         0        0        6 — 12

Individual statistical leaders — Nevada

Rushing: Cason Stevenson 12-160.

Passing: James Edwards 7-9-0-47.

Receiving:  Drew Robinson 2-20.

Tackles: Cael Franzen 12.

Tackles for loss: Franzen 2, Gavin Melohn 2.

Fumble recoveries: Connor Schnettgoecke 1.

Interceptions: Karter Beving 1.