NEVADA — Despite an 0-3 start to the season, the Nevada Tigers had shown a flair of making big offensive plays.
For example, during a 35-12 loss to Seneca, Nevada scored all its points on a pair of long touchdown passes.
Nevada’s penchant for the big offensive play manifested itself in a 64-20 win Friday night over the winless East Newton Patriots.
Not that the Patriots were bereft themselves of big plays, but just not enough to remotely keep up and the Patriots trailed 50-6 at halftime and 64-6 in the second half.
Nevada quarterback Ty Thomas, making his second varsity start behind center, established the game’s basic trend on the very first play with a 46-yard touchdown run.
Only a couple minutes after the first Nevada score, the Tigers had the ball back and Thomas and Trey Beachler connected on a 62-yard scoring pass.
Nevada’s third long touchdown of the quarter — this one from Jaren Powrie — made it a 22-0 game after one quarter.
Nevada scored twice more in the second quarter before East Newton’s first score — a Thomas 4-yard run and Colin White’s 65-yard interception return for a touchdown.
East Newton’s first points came on a 70-yard pass from Brett Pendergraft to Sebastian Stewart, giving Nevada a dose of its own medicine.
Of course, Nevada was not done dousing East Newton with the big play, as evidenced by that 50-6 halftime score and 64-6 score after halftime.
East Newton closed out the scoring with a Pendergraft run and an Isaiah Stewart to Toukheng Xiong pass.
East Newton’s 20 points are the most the Patriots have scored since a 52-25 loss to Aurora in Week 4 last season.
After that 25-point night, East Newton scored only 12 points the final six games and first two games this season until eight points last week against McDonald County.
The Patriots remain looking for their first win under second-year head coach Broc Wolfe and have not entered the winner’s circle since a 56-34 win over McDonald County in Week 8 of the 2016 season.
East Newton’s losing streak stands at 16 games.
Unfortunately, for the Patriots, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel of the next two weeks against Cassville and Lamar, respectively.
Cassville and Lamar are both unbeaten and the leaders of the Big 8 Conference West.
Lamar, in contrast to East Newton, owns the nation’s longest winning streak and the Tigers have not been defeated since the final game of the 2014 regular season.