NACI Tigers get thunderstruck


By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A solid running duo proved to be the undoing of the NACI Tigers on Friday, Sept. 28, as they lost to the Interlake Thunder by the score of 40-16. Interlake running backs Colton Nedotiafko and Graeme Perrie combined for 293 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on the way to the win. 

Neepawa’s defense did have some moments, though as Cole Guilbert lead the charge with 16 tackles and one fumble recovery. Meanwhile, Colter Birnie contributed 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack. 

For the Tiger’s offense, quarterback Tanner Mann had one of the biggest passing games of his high school career, going 22 of 42 for 318 yards. Unfortunately, there were also three interceptions to go along with those stats.  

As for the receiving core, Burke Erickson lead the way with 13 catches for 196 yards. Braden Haslan also had seven catches for 96 yards. Rushing wise, Tanner Mann had 81 yards on six rushes, including a 39-yard touchdown.

With the win, Interlake improved to 3-0-0 on the season, while Neepawa has fallen to 1-2-0. The next games for the Tigers are scheduled for Thursday, Oct against Parkwest and Tuesday, Oct. 9 hosting Dauphin.