Takeaways from Colo-NESCO's loss to Gladbrook-Reinbeck in 8-player football

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Kenny Cutler

The Colo-NESCO football team was overpowered by Gladbrook-Reinbeck Friday, falling by a 62-13 score at Colo. The loss put the Royals at 0-2 on the season. Here are key takeaways from the game:

The Royal defense still has a lot of work to do

Colo-NESCO gave up 541 yards of offense against Gladbrook-Reinbeck. The Royals are allowing an average of 55 points over the first two games of the season.

"Defensively, we were often in good position to make a play but failed in execution," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "We will continue to work on tackling in practice and hope to have a great week of practice."

Andrew Grover and Kenny Cutler both made 6.5 tackles for the Royals. Nathan Oler and Nolan Smith added four stops apiece.

The Colo-NESCO ground game needs a bigger punch

The Royals weren't bad on the ground against Gladbrook-Reinbeck. They ran for 136 yards. But it wasn't up to par with their opening 207-yard effort against Baxter. In recent years Colo-NESCO has found success when it can pound the football. The Royals need to get back to those roots. Andrew Grover ran for 66 yards, Kaleb Gray 33 and Andrew Tschantz 25 against Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

Hansen becomes a weapon at receiver

Spencer Hansen

After making just one catch for six yards against Baxter Spencer Hansen caught two touchdown passes totaling 37 yards against Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Nolan Smith added a 36-yard reception for the Royals. Colo-NESCO quarterback Kenny Cutler completed 4 of 7 passes for 90 yards and the two scores with no interceptions.

The Royals need to have a stronger first half to build confidence

Colo-NESCO was outscored 48-0 in the first half by Gladbrook-Reinbeck. The Royals gave up 34 points in the second quarter. That follows a similar pattern to the opener against Baxter, where Colo-NESCO was outscored 24-0 in the first quarter and got down 40-0 by halftime.

"Another slow start, plus some injuries, really made it tough in the first half," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "If we can get past these things and improve in a few key areas, I think there are several teams in the upcoming weeks that we match up well against."

The Royals travel to Tama this Friday to take on Meskwaki (0-2) in a very winnable ball game. 

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 62, Colo-NESCO 13

G-R       14        34       6        8 — 62

C-N         0          0        6       7 — 13

Individual statistical leaders — Colo-NESCO

Rushing: Andrew Grover 14-66.

Passing: Kenny Cutler 4-7-0-90.

Receiving: Spencer Hansen 2-37.

Tackles: Grover 6.5, Cutler 6.5.