The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 5, 2013

Playoff football: Nissen dissects EV


“That was big. When you get them to make mistakes, you have to capitalize,” Behr said.

“That’s having pride when we do make mistakes on offense to make plays on defense,” Nissen said.

Springville made sure to capitalize, driving 65 yards in five plays, with Nissen taking the snap and running 14 yards for the go-ahead score.

He scored again on the next possession, picking up a bad snap near the end zone, avoiding a push-out attempt by Zaruba near midfield and going 75 yards for the touchdown.

Then, late in the half came the two huge plays — one on defense, one on offense — and instead of it being a seven-point game with halftime closing in, the lead was 21.

Easton Valley piled up 448 total yards in the rematch, led by three seniors. Driscoll, limited to 35 yards on 17 carries in the first meeting, carried 34 times for 205 yards. Andresen passed for 191 yards, with Zaruba catching five of them for 181 and four scores.

“It was all about the blockers giving the quarterback time,” Zaruba said. “It was a great effort by the line.”

There were just too many big plays by Springville, mostly by Nissen.

“He hits that seam and he’s gone,” Behr said.

Just like Easton Valley’s hopes for an upset.


Easton Valley 14 0 6 16 — 36

Springville 21 14 13 20 — 68

S — Cody Blake 33 run (Brian Allsup kick), 11:19

EV — Chase Zaruba 6 pass from Craiton Andresen (kick blocked), 7:23

S — Elias Nissen 42 run (Allsup kick), 6:39

EV — Zaruba 65 pas from Andresen (Andrew Driscoll run), 5:54

S — Nissen 14 run (Allsup kick), :18

S — Nissen 75 run (Allsup kick), 9:08

S — Nissen 79 run (Allsup kick), :29

S — Nissen 65 run (Allsup kick), 3:12

EV — Zaruba 48 pass from Andresen (run failed), 1:48

S — Kolton Markley 32 pass from Sam Scriver (pass failed), :07

EV — Zaruba 51 pass from Andresen (Andresen run), 10:46

S — Jesse Robertson 11 pass from Scriver (Allsup kick), 9:06

S — Nissen 35 run (run failed), 8:27

S — Nissen 38 run (Allsup kick), 5:00

EV — Driscoll 3 run (Zaruba run), :39


RUSHING — Easton Valley (54-257), Andrew Driscoll 34-205, Chase Zaruba 9-45, Craiton Andresen 8-1, Grant Hinerichsen 3-6; Springville (37-521), Elias Nissen 23-451, Cody Blake 8-66, Sam Scriver 2-3, Tyler Stewart 1-2, Tyler McDowell 2-1, Team 1-minus-2.

PASSING — Easton Valley (9-19-0-191), Andresen 9-19-0-191; Springville (5-13-1-90), Scriver 5-13-1-90.

RECEIVING — Easton Valley, Zaruba 5-181, Blake Bormann 1-9, Driscoll 3-1; Springville, Blake 2-24, Kolton Markley 1-32, Nissen 1-23, Jesse Robertson 1-11.


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