What we learned from Colo-NESCO's 66-26 victory over Meskwaki: Royals pick up their first win

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Quarterback Kenny Cutler ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns in Colo-NESCO's 66-26 victory over Meskwaki Friday at Tama.

The Colo-NESCO football team earned its first victory of the season Friday with a decisive 66-26 road win over Meskwaki at Tama. The Royals improved to 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in 8-player District 4. Here is what we learned from the dominant Colo-NESCO victory:

Balanced attack does the job

Colo-NESCO did a fantastic job spreading the ball around on the ground. The Royals piled up 270 yards rushing with four different players picking up between 59 and 75 yards on the ground. Andrew Grover led the way with 75 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Andrew Tschantz ran for 64 yards and one touchdown on eight carries, Kenny Cutler 62 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries and Spencer Hansen 59 yards and one score on three carries. 

"Guys like Andrew Grover, Andrew Tschantz and Kenny Cutler typically lead the way in terms of scoring and stats, but it really was a total team effort against Meskwaki," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "Lucas Frohwein, Nolan Smith, Trenton Beard and several others all made big strides this week."

Fast start pays off

Colo-NESCO took Meskwaki out of the game early. The Royals led 21-0 after one quarter and by halftime their lead had swelled to 43-6.

Royals win the turnover battle

Colo-NESCO forced two turnovers and went the entire game without committing one of its own. Hansen and Tschantz both intercepted a pass, with Hansen running his back 15 yards for a touchdown. The Royals also did a great job causing havoc in the trenches defensively. They had four sacks. Frohwein finished with two and Smith and Jamen Cochran one apiece.  Grover led Colo-NESCO in tackles with eight and Cutler finished with seven.

Muntz is perfect

Ephram Muntz made all six of his extra-point kicks in Colo-NESCO's 66-26 victory over Meskwaki Friday at Tama.

Teams usually go for a 2-point conversion for extra points in 8-player ball. But the Royals have a proven weapon at kicker in Ephram Muntz. Muntz made all six of his extra points Friday.

Colo-NESCO faces a tough task this Friday

The Royals don't get too long to celebrate. They take on traditional power Don Bosco this Friday at Gilbertville. The Dons (1-2) bounced back from a rare 0-2 start with a 60-8 victory over Collins-Maxwell last week.

"Our schedule is pretty loaded on the front end," Greenfield said. "But we believe we have a solid team that can achieve a lot this year if we continue to put the work in and improve each week."

Colo-NESCO 66, Meskwaki 26

CN         21    22    15      8 — 66

M             0      6      6     14 — 26

Individual statistical leaders

Rushing: C-N — Andrew Grover 9-75. M — Larnell Velaquez 28-122.

Passing: C-N — Kenny Cutler 1-2-0-15. M — Velaquez 10-17-2-98.

Receiving: C-N — Lucas Frohwein 1-15. M — Eleron Hanline 6-63.

Tackles: C-N — Grover 8.

Sacks: C-N — Frohwein 2.

Interceptions: C-N — Hansen, Andrew Tschantz.