Year-By-Year: 1970 - 1979
In 1976, Bob ford (35) and Randy Hagen (14) prepare to block for teammate Craig Weber. (NSU Beulah Williams Library Archive Photo / October 5, 2012)
Coach: Jim Kretchman.
Of interest: There was a three-way tie for the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference championship among Northern, South Dakota Tech and Black Hills State.
The Northern football players are sharing Jerde Hall during fall camp for about a week with the eight American Legion baseball teams from South Dakota (Rapid City Post 22 and Aberdeen), Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota and Missouri playing in the Central Plains Region 6 Tournament in Aberdeen. Omaha, Neb., won that tourney.
South Dakota Tech nipped Northern 36-34 in front of 5,000 fans on Parents Day in Rapid City. NSU took a 27-6 lead, but Tech rallied to take a 28-27 lead after three quarters.
Tech scored with 83 seconds left to get their first win over the Wolves since 1959. It was Northern’s first loss in a conference game since 1965 when Southern State beat the Wolves 6-0.
With 2:10 left in the game and Tech leading 28-27, the Wolves faced a fourth down and eight from their own seven-yard line. Greg Gabler completed a pass to Mike Wengler who was tackled about a foot short of the first down marker. Tech than converted on its own fourth down play on the ensuing short drive which resulted in a touchdown on the next play. Tech then put the game out of reach with a two-point conversion on a pass from Scott Maline to Don Leitner.
The Wolves rallied to score, but only seconds remained and Tech recovered the kickoff to secure the win.
PLAYERS: Ray Larson, Jeff Amacher, Wayne Tisher, Greg Gabler, Rich Andrzejewski; Larry Jones; Steve Graf; Pat Murphy; Marley Forman; Jim Jensen; Curt Fredrickson; Gary Schumacher; Roger Larson; Jeree Meyers; Jason Person; Lee Wilson; Larry Sutton; Dave Pastian; Rich Larson; Mark Gauer;
Tim Schliebe; Donn Voorhees; Richard Demers; Jim Brewer; Steve Swartos; Mike Frey; Bill Kiewiet; Steve Hanson; Tim Brocks; Henry Weidrich; Leon Breske; Dan Ott; Greg Youngman; Mark Shannon; Chester Jones; Bill Wilkinson; Kerry Johnston; Troy Brown; Joe Kramer;
Carlton Hupke; Tim Sitter; Joe Hoff; Steve Ewer; Kim Vandeneykel; Bob Warwick; Butch Bachman; Mike Pritchard; Ron Kaaz; Jack Hurley; Ed Wilkinson; Ken Carlson; Randy Nelson; John Hoover; Bob Luce; Dennis Dietterle; Dick Carlson; Larry Akkerman; Mike Anderson; Jerry Johnson; Earl Lindell; Bill McKiver; Mike Wengler.
W…Eastern Montana, Billings…48-7
W…Black Hills State…54-13
L…@Scottsbluff (Neb.) vs. Hiram Scott…17-21
W…Dakota State College…54-17