THORNBURG - The Colo-NESCO football team overcame an off night to get past Tri-County, 34-28, in its final game of the season Friday at Thornburg.


The Royals took the lead for good with seven minutes, six seconds left in the fourth quarter and held on to end the season with a victory.


“This final game was not our best performance,” Colo-NESCO head football coach Josh Nessa said. “But the Royals did a great job of playing as a team and overcoming a lot of adversity with injuries and illness. “


Francis Bower caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from his brother Philip for the winning touchdown for Colo-NESCO in the fourth quarter. Tri-County had just taken a 28-26 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter when Brayden Monroe ran one in from six yards out.


Philip Bower had three touchdown runs for Colo-NESCO in the first half. Garrett Packer added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the Royals.


Tegon Fogle hooked up with Cameron Krumm on a 63-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for Tri-County. Krumm had a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Fogle ran one in in the first quarter.


Colo-NESCO compiled 412 yards on offense. The Royals had 313 on the ground and 99 through the air.


Philip Bower ran for 168 yards, caught one pass for 26 yards and completed 2 of 3 passes for 14 yards to lead Colo-NESCO on offense.


Francis Bower tallied 77 yards rushing and 20 receiving and Sean Cutler completed 4 of 8 passes for 61 yards and chipped in 20 rushing yards. Packer ran for 34 yards, Mason Lytle picked up 21 yards receiving and 14 rushing and Ethan Wilson caught two passes for 30 yards for the Royals.


On defense, Francis Bower made 7.5 tackles and one sack, and Lytle had 6.5 stops plus an interception. Bryce Niemeyer led Colo-NESCO in tackles with 11 and Adam Texeira chipped in five tackles and a sack.


Colo-NESCO finished 6-3 overall and 5-2 in 8-man District 5. Nessa said it will be hard to see his senior class go after racking up 25 wins over their four years — the Royals’ best-ever stretch in 8-man football.


“It is truly an honor to coach such a great group of guys, especially these seniors,” Nessa said. “I wish these guys the best of luck as they finish the school year, participate in other sports and activities, and go onto college or careers. Some of them plan on playing in college.”


Tri-County ended its season at 2-8 overall and 2-5 in the district. Krumm had 100 yards receiving and 19 rushing, Fogle threw for 129 yards and ran for 51, and Monroe picked up 75 yards rushing and 29 receiving for the Trojans.


Colo-NESCO 34, Tri-County 28


CN 8 12 6 8 - 34


TC 8 8 6 6 - 28


Scoring


First quarter


CN - Philip Bower 13 run (Garrett Packer run), 10:07.


TC - Tegon Fogle 8 run (Brayden Monroe run), 3:41.


Second quarter


CN - Bower 7 run (pass failed), 9:04.


CN - Bower 2 run (run failed), 3:27.


TC - Cameron Krumm 2 run (Monroe run), 0:55.


Third quarter


TC - Krumm 63 pass from Fogle (run failed), 3:38.


CN - Packer 1 run (run failed), 2:38.


Fourth quarter


TC - Monroe 6 run (run failed), 11:30.


CN - Francis Bower 8 pass from P. Bower (P. Bower run), 7:06.


Team statistics C-N T-C


Rushes-yards 44-313 25-145


Passing 7-12-1 6-13-1


Passing yards 99 129


Total yards 412 274


Fumbles lost 1 0


Punts-average 1-19.0 3-20.7


Individual statistics


Rushing: Philip Bower 21-168, Francis Bower 5-77, Garrett Packer 8-34, Sean Cutler 3-20, Mason Lytle 7-14. TC - Brayden Monroe 7-75, Tegon Fogle 13-51, Cameron Krumm 5-19.


Passing: CN - Cutler 4-8-0-61, P. Bower 2-3-1-14, Packer 1-1-0-24. TC - Fogle 6-12-1-129, Monroe 0-1-0-0.


Receiving: CN - Ethan Wilson 2-30, P. Bower 1-26, Lytle 1-21, F. Bower 2-20, Packer 1-2. TC - Krumm 5-100, Monroe 1-29.


Tackles: CN - Bryce Niemeyer 11, F. Bower 7.5, Lytle 6.5, Adam Texeira 5, Packer 4. TC - Fogle 12, Krumm 11, Monroe 8.5, Dayton Pace 5.5, Dylan Seaton 4.


Sacks: CN - F. Bower, Texeira.


Fumble recoveries: TC - Krumm.


Interceptions: CN - Lytle. TC - Pace.