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Football: Niwot stymied by Severance

Banged-up Cougars drop to 1-1

  • Niwot High School and Severance High School team captains watch...

    Niwot High School and Severance High School team captains watch the coin toss at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Chad Volf (No.8) hands off to Thomas...

    Niwot High School's Chad Volf (No.8) hands off to Thomas Carnegie (No. 1) in the game against Severance High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Bryce Nemec (No. 50), center, celebrates a...

    Niwot High School's Bryce Nemec (No. 50), center, celebrates a safety with his teammates in the game against Severance High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Thomas Carnegie (No. ...

    Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

    Niwot High School's Thomas Carnegie (No. 1) runs the ball between Severance High School's defense at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

  • Niwot High School's Easten Leatherwood (No. 15) is tackled by...

    Niwot High School's Easten Leatherwood (No. 15) is tackled by Severance High School's Alex Rolf (No. 32) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Gavin Burrage (No. 52) and Bryce Nemec...

    Niwot High School's Gavin Burrage (No. 52) and Bryce Nemec (No. 50) tackle Severance High School's Trevin Hull (No. 11) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Chad Volf (No.8) is tackled by Severance...

    Niwot High School's Chad Volf (No.8) is tackled by Severance High School's Grant Moll (No. 22) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Easten Leatherwood (No. 15) shakes a tackle...

    Niwot High School's Easten Leatherwood (No. 15) shakes a tackle from Severance High School's Alex Rolf (No. 32) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Chad Volf (No.8) runs the ball in...

    Niwot High School's Chad Volf (No.8) runs the ball in the game against Severance High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Craig Wright (No. 10) is tackled by...

    Niwot High School's Craig Wright (No. 10) is tackled by Severance High School's Parker Gazdik (No. 1) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Thomas Carnegie (No. 1) looks for a...

    Niwot High School's Thomas Carnegie (No. 1) looks for a hole in Severance High School's defense at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Easten Leatherwood (No. 15) runs the ball...

    Niwot High School's Easten Leatherwood (No. 15) runs the ball in the game against Severance High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Bryce Nemec (No. 50) celebrates a safety...

    Niwot High School's Bryce Nemec (No. 50) celebrates a safety in the game against Severance High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Craig Wright (No. 10) makes an interception...

    Niwot High School's Craig Wright (No. 10) makes an interception in the game against Severance High School at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Thomas Carnegie (No. 1) runs the ball...

    Niwot High School's Thomas Carnegie (No. 1) runs the ball while followed by Severance High School's Masen Campbell (No. 6) at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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LONGMONT — The Niwot football program’s loss Thursday night is a sure reminder of how temperamental a season can feel with each passing week.

Searching again for its first winning season since 2008, Niwot’s opening-week victory over Greeley Central was chased by a sour-tasting 27-2 loss to Severance in its home opener at Everly-Montgomery Field.

The Silver Knights (2-0), the kind of rare white peacock that has already found solid results in just its second year at the varsity level, had spoiled an otherwise festive atmosphere in capturing their second straight win. The Cougars (1-1) and their costly mistakes, most notably in the early goings, helped the cause.

“We couldn’t be equal to the test tonight,” said coach Nik Blume, whose team came in riddled with injuries, including to junior quarterback Ben Classen, who was out. “We were a little overwhelmed early, but yeah, you gotta take it as it goes. And every week, sometimes you get guys back, sometimes you lose guys, you have to roll with the punches.”

The clock hadn’t even started when the opening kickoff to the Cougars wobbled around the 20-yard line before it was recovered by Severance. So Niwot’s first drive had to wait, and when it came, it ended with a shanked punt that put the Silver Knights in the red zone. That was followed on the next drive by a fourth-and-1 play that went backwards around midfield.

Defensively, the Cougars did some nice things with their backs up against the wall. The unfavorable positions they were placed in kept coming, though, and eventually the big-play passes from Severance started clicking.

In the first half, the Silver Knights got touchdowns throws of 13 and 42 yards from Nolan Hertzke and a 6-yard scoring toss from Jaden Hoffman to go up 21-0.  The wrecking ball of a lineman in Bryce Nemec later helped give Niwot its lone points as he coupled up with Brad Bair to bring down Hertzke for a safety with 8:21 left in the third.

Meanwhile, Thomas Carnagie rushed for around 100 yards for Niwot, while Craig Wright led the passing game with five catches for 32 yards and also recorded his second interception of the year.  Sophomore Chad Volf started at quarterback and was commended by his coach afterward.

Injuries kept mounting for Niwot, however. Wright, an all-region wide receiver last fall, came out of the game after he was illegally hit after making a fair catch call on a punt return. Blume said his star player will have to get evaluated.

Earlier, Severance opened the scoring on a 13-yard connection from Hertzke to Caden Donovan with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter. The Silver Knights later doubled their lead on the first play of the second quarter as Hertzke hit a streaking Trevin Hull down the middle of the field for a 42-yard score. Hull caught another TD before half and Hoffman ran for a 15-yard score in the fourth.

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