NICOLLET - Nicollet celebrated its Homecoming on Friday night by clobbering Cleveland 63-36 in a Southern Confederacy Conference East football game.
Nicollet drew first blood at 8:13 of the first quarter on Dalton Elliott's 2-yard run. Matt Fischer's kicked for the extra point to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead.
Cleveland came back and scored a touchdown of its own when quarterback Grant Germscheid handed the ball to Spencer Davies for a 3-yard run.
Bryce Skistad caught Germscheid's pass for the 2-point conversion to give Cleveland an 8-7 lead.
Elliott threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Matt Fischer as time expired at the end of the first quarter to give Nicollet a lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the night. Elliott's pass to Matt Christenson for the 2-point conversion made the score 15-8 for Nicollet.
The Clippers scored with 1:46 left in the second quarter when Germscheid handed off to Davies, who scored on a 1-yard run. Nicollet intercepted Germscheid's pass on the 2-point conversion to keep Cleveland within one 15-14.
Elliott struck Kenny Fischer for a 63-yard touchdown with 1:18 left in the first half. Fischer then caught the ball for a 2-point point conversion to give the Raiders a 22-14 lead.
Elliott found receiver Matt Fischer for a 30-yard touchdown with :35 left in the first half. The PAT failed and Nicollet led 28-14 at halftime.
Jay Hendrycks picked off an errant Cleveland pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to open the second half. Elliott passed to Matt Christenson for the PAT, and Nicollet led 36-14.
Elliott threw a 10-yard pass to Matt Fischer for another score at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter. Fischer's kick for the extra point was good, giving Nicollet a 43-14 lead.
A combination of Cleveland penalities and turnovers hurt the Clippers chances for a comeback.
Fischer recovered a Cleveland fumble that bounced its way into the end zone where he fell on the ball for the score. Elliott's kick for the extra point failed and the Raiders led 49-14.
Elliott scrambled out of trouble with 2:44 left in the quarter and he scampered 10 yards for a touchdown. Fischer kicked the PAT to make the score 56-14.
Germscheid hit Jordan Phillips for a 55-yard score with 1:29 left the third quarter. The 2-point conversion was good and score was 56-22.
Elliott tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Hendrycks with 11:24 left in the ball game. Fischer's kick for the extra point made it 63-22 for the Raiders.
Carter Kopel threw 5 yards to Davies and Dylan Baker ran for the extra points for a 63-30 score.
Kopel found Chandler Barrie for a 23-yard pass at 2:34 for Cleveland's final touchdown. The PAT failed.
Both teams substituted and time ran out giving Nicollet the vicory.
"It was a nice win (and) our defense gave a nice response with that one interception," said Nicollet coach Tom Murphy. "We played better tonight, but we still need to get better. Our tempo was better and it was a nice win."
Nicollet (4-0) travels to Randolph next Friday night.