Following a bit of a slow start, and a scoreless first quarter, Nouvel managed to draw first blood when senior quarterback Tate Hausbeck hit senior wideout Peter Snyder for a touchdown pass from the 6-yard line, while junior place kicker Jacob Burr nailed the extra point for a 7-0 Nouvel lead with 9:09 left in second quarter.
A 5-yard illegal motion penalty forced the Panthers to begin its next drive from their own 22-yard line, before Hausbeck hit Snyder for a 50-yard pass completion down to the Mt. Pleasant 28-yard line, which led to a 6-yard rushing TD by Hausbeck, however, the 2-point conversion attempt would fail as Nouvel opened a 13-0 lead with 4:56 left in the second quarter.
After Sacred Heart had pinned the Panthers deep, downing a punt on the Nouvel 1-yard line, Hausbeck decided to go to work through the air, hitting senior Kenny Kujawa on two pass plays for a combined 46-yards, however, Sacred Heart would get the ball back following a Panther fumble near mid-field.
The Mt. Pleasant joy would be short-lived, however, as NCC sophomore defensive back Zaiden Mitchell intercepted Sacred Heart senior QB Carter Lowes' pass on the next play, while Hausbeck continued to feed Kujawa with passes of 29 yards and 17 yards, setting up a 2-yard TD run by Hausbeck, as the kick by Burr was good, sending Nouvel into halftime with a 20-0 lead.
Hausbeck continued to air it out in the third quarter, hitting senior WR Isaiah Rosales for a 40-yard passing TD, while Burr's kick gave Nouvel a 27-0 lead with 4:13 to play in the third quarter.
Nouvel senior RB Justin Kuligowski rounded out the scoring after capping off a 6-play, 67-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard rushing TD, before catching a 3-yard shuffle-pass from Kujawa on the 2-point conversion try, extending the NCC lead to 35-0 with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
Kuligowski (8-carries for 64-yards) and his younger brother, junior RB Justin Kuligowski (4 carries for 28-yards, and 2 catches for 15 receiving yards on offense, along with 9-tackles on defense) led the Panther rushing attack, combining for 92-rushing yards on the ground.
Hausbeck had a monster night, completing 17 of 25 passes for 322 yards, along with his 2 rushing TD's.
Kujawa led all receivers with 5-catches for 106-receiving yards, along with a 2-point conversion pass, and Snyder had 4-catches for 89-yards, including his 6-yard TD reception, while Rosales added 2-catches for 49-yards to go with his 40-yard TD reception. Junior WR Michael Ehlman had 2 catches for 25 receiving yards as well.
Senior linebacker Alex Wrobel led a staunch Nouvel defense with 13-tackles and a blocked field goal, as sophomore Jimmy Benkert added 8-tackles, while Snyder and fellow senior's Collin Schultz and Kyle Allen all chipped in with 6-tackles apiece respectively.
The No. 3 ranked Panthers will find out next Friday night's first round playoff opponent when the MHSAA Div. 8 H.S. football playoff pairings come out on Sunday evening.