Royals rout Trojans to close out season

Joe Randleman, Sports Writer
Colo-Nesco's Wayne Beard (left) and Philip Bower team up to bring down Tri-County's Walter McKay during the second half of the Royals' 76-0 drubbing of the Trojans Friday in Colo.

COLO - The Colo-Nesco football team was so dominant in its game with Tri-County to close out the regular season that the Royals even had time to check out the band at halftime Friday in Colo.

Colo-Nesco drilled Tri-County over and over in the first half. The Royals led by an incredible 56-0 margin after one quarter and by halftime their lead swelled to 70-0, en route to a 76-0 victory on senior night.

“We were up 70-0 (at half) and the coaches just couldn’t do anything at halftime,” Colo-Nesco senior Wayne Beard said of his team getting a little break at the half. “We deserved this. I just love my team — we did great.”

Beard scored two touchdowns within 1:34 in the explosive Royal first quarter. He had a 32-yard touchdown run and followed it up with a 28-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Garret Tiarks had a 31-yard touchdown run and touchdown passes of 35 yards to Parker Eley and 45 yards to Garrett Packer in the first quarter for Colo-Nesco. Tiarks also returned an interception seven yards for a score and Philip Bower picked off a pass and ran it back 70 yards for the Royals in the opening quarter.

Tiarks added touchdown runs of 40 and six yards in the second quarter for Colo-Nesco. He finished with 115 yards rushing and completed 2 of 4 passes for 80 yards.

After the game, Tiarks was awarded a game ball for surpassing 4,500 career all-purpose yards and 500 career points.

“It’s something I’ll cherish forever,” Tiarks said. “I’m honored and blessed to be able to do what I do and come out here and play with my team every night. That’s what I’m going to miss most — just playing with my team.”

Colo-Nesco completed the season at 5-4 overall and 5-2 in 8-man District 5.

“We lost like 11 seniors last year,” Tiarks said. “To come back and have the year we had against the teams we (faced), I thought we did really well.”

Packer had 45 yards and Eley 35 yards receiving for Colo-Nesco. Dakota Wier ran for 33 yards, Beard ended up with 32 yards rushing and Kelly Gray chipped in 45 yards on the ground for the Royals.

On defense, Mason Lytle had an interception and Sean Cutler 2.5 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Royals. Beard ended up with 3.5 tackles and a fumble recovery, Philip Bower 2.5 tackles and an interception, Tiarks three stops and an interception, Bryce Niemeyer 4.5 tackles and a sack and Wier and Packer 4.5 tackles apiece.

Tri-County ended the season with a 1-9 record.

Brayden Monroe ran for 55 yards, Austin Purdy threw for 23 yards and Walter McKay tallied 26 yards receiving and 10 rushing for the Trojans. Purdy made 5.5 tackles, Hunter Kappel totaled 4.5 stops and McKay and Clay Harper finished with four tackles apiece.

Colo-Nesco 76, Tri-County 0

TC 0 0 0 0 - 0

CN 56 14 0 6 - 76

Scoring

First quarter

CN - Garret Tiarks 31 run (Philip Bower pass from Tiarks), 9:13.

CN - Parker Eley 35 pass from Tiarks (Wayne Beard run), 7:42.

CN - Philip Bower 70 interception return (Garrett Packer run), 5:46.

CN - Tiarks 7 interception return (Eley pass from Tiarks), 4:46.

CN - Beard 32 run (Tiarks run), 4:18.

CN - Beard 28 fumble return (Tiarks run), 2:44.

CN - Packer 45 pass from Tiarks (Tiarks run), 0:28.

Second quarter

CN - Tiarks 40 run (Beard run), 8:02.

CN - Tiarks 6 run (run failed), 2:34.

Fourth quarter

CN - Francis Bower 10 run (run failed), 5:51.

Team statistics TC CN

Rushes-yards 30-97 22-254

Passing 4-18-3 2-4-0

Passing yards 35 80

Total yards 132 334

Fumbles lost 3 0

Punts-average 3-31.31 3-36.7

Individual statistics

Rushing: TC - Brayden Monroe 10-55, Lane Williams 8-22, Dillon Ehret 2-14, Walter McKay 7-10, Tegon Fogle 2-0, Austin Purdy 1-(-4). CN - Garret Tiarks 6-115, Kelly Gray 4-45, Dakota Wier 1-33, Wayne Beard 1-32, Francis Bower 4-26, Marius Sprang 3-2, Sean Cutler 3-1.

Passing: TC - Purdy 2-5-1-23, Williams 2-13-2-12. CN - Tiarks 2-4-0-80.

Receiving: TC - McKay 2-26, Purdy 1-7, Monroe 1-2. CN - Garrett Packer 1-45, Parker Eley 1-35.

Tackles: TC - Purdy 5.5, Hunter Kappel 4.5, McKay 4, Clay Harper 4. CN - Packer 4.5, Wier 4.5, Bryce Niemeyer 4.5, Beard 3.5, Bower 3.5.

Sacks: CN - Niemeyer.

Fumble recoveries: CN - Beard, Cutler, Wier.

Interceptions: CN - Tiarks, Philip Bower, Mason Lytle.