Takeaways from Colo-NESCO's 48-20 season-opening loss to Baxter

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Kenny Cutler

The Colo-NESCO football team suffered a 48-20 loss at the hands of Baxter in its season opener Friday at Baxter.

Here are key takeaways from the Royals' loss:

Colo-NESCO has to start stronger out of the gate

The Royals fell behind 16-0 after one quarter. By halftime they were down 40-0 and Baxter had essentially wrapped the game up.

The Royals also must get tougher up front

The Royals were outplayed at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. They only had 132 yards rushing as a team on 3.6 yards per carry and gave up 207 at 7.1 yards per pop. Colo-NESCO also went without a tackle for loss and Baxter made six stops behind the line.

"We did not perform at the level we need to have success," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "As the game progressed we improved. We know what we need to work on and will be addressing those things at practice this week."

The Royals improved over the final two quarters

Colo-NESCO outscored Baxter 20-8 in the second half.  

"A highlight would be that we made some good adjustments at halftime," Nessa said. "Our defense held them to only one score in the second half."

Kenny Cutler had a 10-yard touchdown run and touchdown passes of 62-yards to Nathan Oler and 17 to Lucas Frohwein.

Cutler had a solid all-around game

Cutler ended up accounting for 97 total yards and three touchdowns on offense and he had 5.5 tackles and an interception on defense.  Andrew Tschantz ran for 88 yards, Frohwein made 4.5 stops and Spencer Hansen added four tackles on defense for Colo-NESCO.

Andrew Tschantz

Baxter 48, Colo-NESCO 20

CN      0        0        7        13 — 20

B        16      24       8          0 — 48

Individual statistical leaders — Colo-NESCO

Rushing: Andrew Tschantz, 17-88.

Passing: Kenny Cutler 3-8-1-85.

Receiving: Nathan Oler 1-62.

Tackles: Cutler 5.5.

Interceptions: Cutler 1.