What we learned from No. 7 Nevada's decisive 64-7 win over Roland-Story

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Nevada's Caeden DaSilva and Drew Robinson bring down a Roland-Story ball carrier during the No. 7 (Class 3A) Cubs' 64-7 victory over the Norsemen Friday at Cub Stadium in Nevada.

The Nevada football team pummeled Roland-Story Friday by a 64-7 score at Cub Stadium in Nevada. The Cubs dominated both sides of the ball, especially up front, in improving to 3-0 on the season. Roland-Story fell to 1-2. Here are key takeaways from the Cub victory:

Nevada is getting it done in the trenches

The Cubs completely overpowered Roland-Story on the line of scrimmage. They ran for an incredible 415 yards, averaging 10.6 per pop, and limited the Norsemen to 31 yards on 1.6 per carry. Nevada may simultaneously have the best offensive and defensive lines the program has seen in decades — at the very least.

"We were able to win the line of scrimmage for most of the game," Nevada head coach Andrew Kleeman said. "They did some nice things in the pass game and forced us to make adjustments early on. I thought our kids responded well defensively after their first drive. We continue to make growth in our run game. We have a lot of playmakers and our offensive line did a nice job."

Edwards and Stevenson form a lethal 1-2 punch

Nevada quarterback James Edwards and running back Cason Stevenson have been dynamite in the backfield the past two weeks. After they combined to rush for 268 yards against West Marshall last week they each went for over 150 yards on the ground against Roland-Story. Edwards picked up 165 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries and Stevenson 154 yards and two scores on just seven totes with the football. Edwards also threw for 73 yards and a touchdown, with Caeden DaSilva making two grabs for 61 yards and a score.

The defense continues to be opportunistic

Nevada's Seth Brown goes up to knock the ball away from Roalnd-Story's Will Bunn during the Cubs' 64-7 victory over the Norsemen Friday at Cub Stadium in Nevada.

Nevada had three interceptions Friday night. Seth Brown came up with two of them and DaSilva had the other. The Cubs have forced seven turnovers on the season. Nevada also had three sacks Friday. Gavin Melohn picked up two sacks and Dallas Stanley one. The Cubs held Roland-Story to 221 yards — they have yet to give up 300 yards in a game. Cael Franzen made seven tackles and Caleb Kooiker six against the Norsemen.

Special teams did well

Aidan Freeman made all seven of his extra points and Will Palmer picked up 34 yards on Nevada's only punt. Drew Robison was the big star on special teams, returning a punt 53 yards for a touchdown.

Hampton-Dumont-CAL will be tougher

Nevada travels to Hampton this Friday to take on Hampton-Dumont-CAL. The Cubs will be big favorites again, but the Bulldogs will be tougher than the Norse. HDC has wins over Iowa Falls-Alden (17-14) and West Fork (42-0) and a loss to Southeast Valley (34-15). The game between the Cubs and Bulldogs will start at 7:30 p.m.

Nevada 64, Roland-Story 7

Roland-Story     7         0        0       0 — 7

Nevada              14       22      21      7 — 64

Individual statistical leaders 

Rushing: RS — Elijah Belle 9-39. N — James Edwards 17-165.

Passing: RS — Quin Ante 18-34-3-190. N — Edwards 3-6-1-73.

Receiving: RS — Will Bunn 3-89. N — Caeden DaSilva 2-61.

Tackles: RS — Hesston Johnson 5.5. N — Cael Franzen 7.

Sacks: N — Gavin Melohn 2.

Interceptions: RS — Kale Lande 1. N — Seth Brown 2.