The North Bend Eagle


Four records set on one play

by Nathan Arneal
Published 10/3/12

With the final minutes ticking away Friday evening [Sept. 28, 2012], Chase Wietfeld hauled in another pass from quarterback Andrew Minarick. It was the junior receiver’s 10th catch of the game, tying a school record jointly held by brothers Neil and Drew Hines.

Shortly thereafter, time expired. It was halftime.

Yes, Wietfeld equalled the single-game school record for catches in one half of play Friday night.

On NBC’s first drive of the second half, Minarick hooked up with Wietfeld for a 44-yard gain to break the record. Moments later, Wietfeld reeled in a 20-yard pass for a touchdown.

With NBC operating from five-receiver sets much of the night, Wietfeld was often matched up one-on-one with a defensive back. Allgood said NBC employs a variety of patterns and double moves to keep the defense guessing, though the coach attributes much of the success to attention to detail.

“There’s a kid who did something great without tremendous speed,” Allgood said. “That tells you he runs good routes, he has good hands and he has a good quarterback to get him the ball. He deserved that.”

With a record number of catches in his pocket already, Wietfeld was closing in on another school record. He was just yards away from the record 210 receiving yards set by Drew Hines in 2007 and equalled by Brady Renter last season.

Late in the fourth quarter, Minarick tried twice to go to Wietfeld to give him the record, but the passes were incomplete. On a third attempt, Minarick hit Wietfeld with a laser on a slant pass for 13 yards.

That pass also tied two more school records, giving Minarick 18 completions on 39 pass attempts. Both of those figures match school records set by Mike Albert in 1995.

With the final pass, Wietfeld ended with 223 yards on 13 catches, both records.
After setting or equalling four records on one pass play, Allgood sent the junior varsity offense onto the field the very next play.

With running back Trevor Jenner out with an injury, you can expect Allgood to keep going to the air to take advantage of the talents of Minarick, Wietfeld and the rest of the Tiger offense.

“I thought the touchdown pass to Chase in the corner was a heck of a throw,” Allgood said. “(Minarick) has definitely got a college arm. He’s capable of throwing a lot of different passes. I think we’re confident there.”

Wietfeld now has 30 catches on the year with three games left to chase Matt Dodge’s season record of 38 catches in 1995.

“He’s played well for us all year,” Allgood said. “I think going into the games people know that, so that speaks highly of Chase to keep having the games he’s having.”

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