TAMA - A late surge lifted the Colo-NESCO football team past Meskwaki, 36-20, Friday for an 8-man District 5 road victory.
The Royals fell behind 12-7 in the third quarter, then scored 28 consecutive points to improve to 2-5 on the season and 2-2 in the district.
“We were very fortunate to come up with a win on Friday night,” Colo-NESCO head coach Josh Nessa said. “We came out very flat, the opposite of our game last week against Collins-Maxwell. We also had three turnovers in the first half that stalled two of our drives, and one on a muffed punt return. The second half was much better. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we will take it and continue to build on that to get our winning tradition back.”
Francis Bower found the end zone on a 38-yard run for his second touchdown of the game to put Colo-NESCO back on top 15-12 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Andrew Grover ran one in from 11 yards out, Bower broke loose on a 52-yard scoring jaunt and then Brandon Roberts added a 5-yard touchdown run to push the Royal lead to 24 points and ice the game.
Colo-NESCO dominated Meskwaki on the ground. The Royals ran for 397 yards, with Bower picking up 179 on 20 carries and Grover 167 on 25.
Roberts ran for 51 yards and also completed 5 of 6 passes for 69 with one touchdown. Bower made three catches for 30 yards, Grover had a 29-yard catch and Parker Ryan made a 10-yard reception.
On defense Grover had nine tackles, an interception and a fumble recover. Ryan came up with two sacks, Andrew Tschantz finished with six tackles and Jace Woodle made 3.5 stops.
Stanford Kapayou threw touchdown passes of 62 and 16 yards to Donovan Slick-Driscoll and Evan Nelson respectively for Meskwaki. Driscoll also had a 57-yard touchdown run late in the game for the Warriors, who fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the district.
Colo-NESCO’s next outing will be with a familiar foe in Melcher-Dallas (2-4, 1-3).
“I am really looking forward to this big rivalry game,” Nessa said. “We have played them nine times in the past seven years. We are down five games to four in this rivalry series and we would love to even this up.”
The game will be Colo-NESCO’s homecoming affair. It is set to take place at 7 p.m. this Friday in Colo.
Colo-NESCO 36, Meskwaki 20
CN 0 7 8 21 - 36
M 0 6 6 8 - 20
CN - Francis Bower 9 pass from Brandon Roberts (Ephram Muntz kick).
M - Donovan Slick-Driscoll 62 pass from Stanford Kapayou (pass failed).
M - Evan Nelson 16 pass from Kapayou (run failed).
CN - Bower 38 run (Andrew Grover run).
CN - Grover 11 run (Muntz kick).
CN - Bower 52 run (Muntz kick).
CN - Bower 5 run (Muntz kick).
M - Slick-Driscoll 57 run (Nelson pass from Kapayou).
Team statistics C-N M
Rushes-yards 53-397 14-73
Passing 5-6-0 19-38-1
Passing yards 69 191
Total yards 466 264
Fumbles lost 3 1
Punts-average 2-20.0 NA
Individual statistics - Colo-NESCO
Rushing: Francis Bower 20-179, Andrew Grover 25-167, Brandon Roberts 8-51.
Passing: Roberts 5-6-0-69.
Receiving: Bower 3-30, Grover 1-29, Parker Ryan.
Tackles: Grover 9, Andrew Tschantz 6, Ryan 4, Jayce Woodle 3.5.
Sacks: Ryan 2.
Fumble recoveries: Grover.