Beavers Defeat Tigers Qualify for Playoffs

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Cumberland Quarterback Kobe Berghammer had a huge night at Maple running for 4 touchdowns and throwing for 2 more in the Beavers win over Northwestern last Friday night.

The Cumberland Beavers traveled to Maple last Friday and came away with a big 40-21 victory over the Northwestern Tigers to raise their overall record to 5 and 3 and qualify for the WIAA Playoffs for the first time since 2013 and the twelfth time overall. “We played our best game overall. It was fun to see all the smiles from our kids,” said Coach Corey Berghammer.
Played on a rainy night, the Beavers used six Northwestern turnovers and a ground game that rushed for 235 yards to grind out the victory. Quarterback Kobe Berghammer, who has passed for over 2,000 yards this fall, led the Beavers effort with 211 yards passing and 144 yards rushing in the game.
“We paved the way for the win by having one of our best weeks of practices last week. I was proud of our kids on how they positively reacted to the challenges we put in front of them, but now we need to consistently perform at that level the rest of the season,” Berghammer said.
Cumberland led 14-6 at half and 26-21 entering the fourth quarter before putting the game away with two fourth quarter scores. Northwestern ran successfully, rushing for 331 total yards, but could not overcome a spirited Cumberland defense, who allowed only 28 yards passing, while grabbing two interceptions. That combined with four Beaver fumble recoveries helped set up the victory.
Berghammer had an outstanding effort. He completed 15 of  27 passes for 211 yards and two scores. It was on the ground, however, where he burnt the Tigers again and again. Using a mixture of scrambles and called runs, he would score four times on his 144 yards rushing. Add an interception on defense and you have an idea of the impact he had in the contest.
Max Narges led Cumberland receivers with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Barnes added the other touchdown reception to go with two receptions for 45 yards. Reid Olson also had a nice game, catching four balls for 42 yards, while rushing four times for another 32 yards. He also had Cumberlands second interception.
“We played more physical all over the field than we had previously. Northwestern forces you to tackle and hold the line and we did that in the win. Now we need to prepare for Hayward this Friday,” concluded Coach Berghammer.
The game at Endeavor Stadium will begin at 7:00 pm.

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