COLO - A quick strike offense and another strong defensive outing carried the Colo-NESCO football team to a 67-6 homecoming romp over Seymour/Moulton-Udell Friday at Colo.
Excluding penalties the Royal varsity offense only played 16 snaps the entire game. They scored on eight of those plays, racking up their fifth-straight victory to improve to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in 8-man District 5.
“The Royals finished homecoming week with a bang!” Colo-NESCO head football coach Josh Nessa said. “I am very proud of how we are playing, scoring at least 67 points in our last five games.”
Philip Bower had touchdown runs from 41, 57 and 56 yards and an 8-yard scoring reception to help Colo-NESCO take a 52-6 lead at the half. Mason Lytle added a 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and in the second quarter, Brighton Clatt caught a 21-yard scoring pass from Sean Cutler and Garrett Packer ran one in from 19 yards out.
Lytle added a 39-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter and Francis Bower capped things off with a 56-yard run into the end zone in the fourth quarter.
SMU’s lone touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Ty Campbell in the final minute of the first quarter.
Colo-NESCO ran for 356 yards on just 20 carries and totaled 381 yards.
Philip Bower had 178 yards and three touchdowns on just six rushing attempts for the Royals. Lytle ran for 71 yards and two scores on his only carries of the game, Francis Bower 62 yards on just four rushes and Garrett Packer 41 yards and one touchdown on four attempts.
Sean Cutler completed all three of his passing attempts for 25 yards.
Packer made eight tackles, Francis Bower 7.5 stops and Bryce Niemeyer 6.5 tackles and an interception for the Royals on defense. Philip Bower and Kelly Gray each intercepted one pass and Clatt, Jacob Clatt and Ricky Griffin each recovered a fumble.
Up next for Colo-NESCO is a battle with HLV (5-2, 4-0) for the top spot in 8-man District 5. In two weeks the Royals host Moravia, the third-place team in the district.
“We have two huge games in front of us,” Nessa said. “We will have a huge test against a tough HLV team next week at Victor. Week eight we will face Moravia at home. They have both been playing really well. The winner of the HLV game will have a great shot at being the district champ.”
Colo-NESCO’s game with HLV takes place at 7 p.m. this Friday in Victor.
Colo-NESCO 67, Seymour/Moulton-Udell 6
SMU 6 0 0 0 - 6
CN 24 28 8 7 - 67
CN - Mason Lytle 32 run (Garrett Packer run), 10:03.
CN - Philip Bower 41 run (Packer run), 7:14.
SMU - Ty Campbell 1 run (run failed), 0:56.
CN - Bower 57 run (Lytle run), 0:30.
CN - Bower 56 run (pass failed), 8:33.
CN - Brighton Clatt 21 pass from Sean Cutler (run failed), 7:32.
CN - Bower 8 pass from Cutler (Cutler run), 5:51.
CN - Packer 19 run (Bower run), 4:08.
CN - Lytle 39 run (Packer run), 10:28.
CN - Francis Bower 56 run (Jack McKinney kick), 11:47.
Team statistics SMU CN
Rushes-yards 51-144 20-356
Passing 0-7-3 3-5-0
Passing yards 0 25
Total yards 144 381
Fumbles lost 3 1
Individual statistics - Colo-NESCO
Rushing: Philip Bower 6-178, Mason Lytle 2-71, Francis Bower 4-62, Garrett Packer 4-41, Jack McKinney 2-5, Trevor Burg 1-0, Kelly Gray 1-(-1).
Passing: Sean Cutler 3-3-0-29, Jack McKinney 0-2-0-0.
Receiving: Brighton Clatt 1-21, P. Bower 2-8.
Tackles: Packer 8, F. Bower 7.5, Bryce Niemeyer 6.5, Jake Perry 5.
Fumble recoveries: Clatt, Jacob Clatt, Ricky Griffin.
Interceptions: P. Bower, Gray, Niemeyer.