High School Football

Bauman leads Nooksack Valley’s thrilling win over Meridian

Nooksack Valley’s Jordan Veening, left, tackles Meridian’s TJ Dykstra after a completed pass Friday, Sept. 30, in Everson. Nooksack Valley High School won 47-34.
Nooksack Valley’s Jordan Veening, left, tackles Meridian’s TJ Dykstra after a completed pass Friday, Sept. 30, in Everson. Nooksack Valley High School won 47-34. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

On a night he threw five touchdown passes, Nooksack Valley quarterback Casey Bauman proved he could run.

In a wild game in which Colton Kautz caught three scoring passes, gained 156 yards on four catches and ran for a touchdown while gaining 125 yards on 21 carries, the running back showed how well he could throw for the first time.

Such were the developments in Nooksack Valley’s wild 47-34 win over Meridian in a Class 1A Northwest Conference game Friday, Sept. 30.

Bauman, the 6-foot-5 junior prospect, completed 14 of 25 passes for 282 yards, including scoring passes of 82 and 63 yards to Kautz in the second half.

The 63-yarder clinched the win at 47-27 for the Pioneers (3-2, 1-1 1A NWC) with less than three minutes remaining.

Bauman rushed for 160 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 4-yard run, putting Meridian (2-3, 1-1) in a 28-12 hole in the first series of the second half.

KAUTZ’S BIG THROW

Bauman’s touchdown run came on the next play after the first pass of Kautz’s varsity career – a 29-yarder to Michael O’Bryan on a trick halfback option play.

“The coach (Robb Myhre) called it,” Kautz said. “It was a good call.”

‘IT WAS TENSE’

As Myhre congratulated Meridian’s players following the nearly three-hour thriller, he summed up the game perfectly: “It was tense.” He didn’t need to say much more than that beyond expressing immense pride in his squad, which went 1-9 last year.

BURKETT TRIES HARD

Meridian quarterback Simon Burkett, like Bauman a junior, completed 19 of 35 passes for 272 yards and one interception – a big second-half theft by Nooksack’s Kyle Veldman, who also caught Bauman’s first two touchdown passes on first-quarter throws of 10 and 9 yards. T.J. Dykstra caught eight passes for 92 yards.

Burkett threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Dawson Logan, cutting Nooksack’s halftime lead to 21-12. Burkett also scored on a 48-yard run in the third quarter and Cole Roberts ran for two 5-yard scores in the fourth period as the Trojans fought to catch up. Tony Schleimer scored Meridian’s other touchdown on a 9-yard second-quarter run.

Meridian

0

12

7

15

34

Nooksack

13

8

20

6

47

First quarter

NV – Kyle Veldman 10 pass from Casey Bauman (Jordan Veening kick)

NV – Veldman 9 pass from Bauman (kick failed)

Second quarter

Mer – Tony Schleimer 9 run (kick failed)

NV – Colton Kautz 5 pass from Bauman (Veldman pass from Bauman)

Mer – Dawson Logan 13 pass from Simon Burkett (run failed)

Third quarter

NV – Bauman 4 run (Veening kick)

NV – Kautz 7 run (kick blocked)

NV – Kautz 82 pass from Bauman (Veening kick)

Mer – Burkett 48 run (Nick Sebastian kick)

Fourth quarter

Mer – Cole Roberts 5 run (Roberts run)

NV – Kautz 63 pass from Bauman (kick failed)

Mer – Roberts 5 run (Sebastian kick)

Mer

NV

First downs

26

25

Rushing Att-yards

28-167

49-305

Comp-Att-Int

19-35-1

15-26-0

Passing yards

272

311

Penalties-yards

3-15

7-45

Fumbles-lost

2-1

2-0

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Meridian: Tony Schleimer 15-69, Simon Burkett 6-55, Cole Roberts 7-43. Nooksack: Casey Bauman 20-160, Colton Kautz 21-125, Tre Silva 8-20.

PASSING – Meridian: Simon Burkett 19-35-272-1. Nooksack: Casey Bauman 14-25-282-0, Colton Kautz 1-1-29-0.

RECEIVING – Meridian: T.J. Dykstra 8-92, Logan Dawson 3-68, Andrew Logan 3-56, Tony Schleimer 2-24, Lucas Hemenway 1-15, Dawson Phillips 2-17. Nooksack: Kyle Veldman 5-68, Colton Kautz 4-156, Tre Silva 1-24, Michael O’Bryan 1-29, Jeremy Dykes 2-30, Jordan Veening 1-4, Austin O’Bryan 1-0.

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