Nevada blanks North Polk to end regular season: No. 6 Cubs rebound from Humboldt loss with 35-0 win
The Nevada football team took out its frustrations from a loss at Humboldt last week against North Polk Friday.
Playing in their final game of the regular season, the No. 6 Cubs were phenomenal defensively and fantastic running the ball on offense in posting a 35-0 shutout win over the Comets at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
"I thought we played our most complete game of the season," Nevada head coach Andrew Kleeman said "We executed at a high level in all three phases. We were able to control the line of scrimmage throughout the game and gained momentum early."
With the victory Nevada finished second to No. 4 Humboldt in Class 3A District 2 with a 4-1 district record. The Cubs improved to 8-1 overall heading into the playoffs this Friday against Adel-Desoto-Minburn.
Here is what we learned from Nevada's big bounce-back victory over the Comets:
Nevada starts strong
Slow starts had been a problem for Nevada over the previous few weeks. That wasn't the case against North Polk.
Nevada led 14-0 after the first quarter. By halftime it's lead was 21-0.
Cason Stevenson, James Edwards and Cael Franzen each had one rushing touchdown for the Cubs in the first half.
Defense is impenetrable
Last week's 19-15 loss at Humboldt in a game that decided the 3A District 2 championship didn't sit well with the Nevada defense. The Cubs came out on a mission against North Polk.
North Polk entered the game having scored at least 27 points in seven of its previous eight games. The only exception came during 21-8 loss to Pella, a 4A school, back on Sept. 3.
Nevada held North Polk to 235 yards.
Franzen made 12 tackles, Caleb Kooiker tallied 10, Ty Dittmer finished with 7.5 plus a fumble recovery and Edwards had an interception.
Running game gets going
Nevada only had 160 yards in its loss to Humboldt. The Cubs went for 248 yards on eight yards a pop against North Polk.
Stevenson ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries and Edwards had 115 yards and one touchdown on 14 attempts.
Edwards also threw for 82 yards and one touchdown. Drew Robinson made two catches for 42 yards, Caeden DaSilva and Carson Rhodes each finished with two for 16, with Rhodes also hauling in a touchdown reception.
A-D-M is next
Nevada will host the opening round of the 3A playoffs this Friday at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
"We're excited for the playoffs and the opportunity to host," Kleeman said.
The Cubs will face No. 10 Adel-Desoto-Minburn (7-2). The game is set to start at 7 p.m.
Nevada 35, North Polk 0
North Polk 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nevada 14 7 14 0 — 35
Individual statistical leaders
Rushing: Nevada — Cason Stevenson 11-116. North Polk — Brady Miller 22-83.
Passing: Nevada — James Edwards 7-10-0-82. North Polk — Bryce Aspengren 14-25-1-88.
Receiving: Nevada — Drew Robinson 2-42. North Polk — Sal Capaldo 5-36.
Tackles: Nevada — Cale Franzen 12. North Polk — Jacob Blomquist.
Fumble recoveries: Nevada — Dittmer 2.