Colo-NESCO can't keep up with Don Bosco: Royals fall to traditional powerhouse, 62-23

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Andrew Grover

The Colo-NESCO football team fell to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in 8-player District 4 Friday with a 62-23 loss to traditional powerhouse Don Bosco at Gilbertville.

The Royals took care of the football, but couldn't slow a potent Don ground game. Don Bosco ended up rushing for 404 yards.

Here is what we learned from the Royals' loss:

Royals hung tough in second quarter

The Royals got hit hard early, but refused to roll over and die. They fell behind 24-0 after the first quarter, but outscored the Dons 16-14 in the second to stay within striking distance at halftime.

"If we had faced this team earlier in the season or in the past season our players would have given up," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "We fought hard until the end of the game. I am really proud of our effort last night."

In the second quarter Colo-NESCO picked up a safety, Andrew Grover had a 41-yard touchdown run and Spencer Hansen hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Cutler.

Spencer Hansen

"During the second quarter we had complete momentum," Royal co-head coach David Greenfield said. "We really frustrated a tremendous football team."

Colo-NESCO improved in several areas

Despite the final outcome Colo-NESCO made several positive strides. The Royals didn't turn the ball over, they held Don Bosco to 68 passing yards and they picked up 169 yards rushing. 

"The final score is certainly not indicative of the huge improvements we made as a team this week," Greenfield said. "Our focus has been on playing disciplined and physical football and our guys are doing that. Our tackling and overall physicality have drastically improved in the past few weeks and we look to keep that going as we continue district play."

Grover ran for 68 yards and Andrew Tschantz picked up 63 on the ground. Cutler threw for 66 yards and two touchdowns and Nolan Smith had a 9-yard touchdown reception to go along with Hansen's big touchdown grab.

Cutler also had 7.5 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. Tschantz added seven stops, Nathan Oler 6.5 and Smith and Trenton Beard five apiece.

Collins-Maxwell up next

The Royals face Collins-Maxwell (1-3, 0-3) in a big rivalry game this Friday at Colo. Colo-NESCO won last year's game in a 34-30 thriller at Colo.

"We are also really looking forward to facing one of our biggest rivals for homecoming this week," Nessa said. "It should prove to be a great matchup."

Don Bosco 62, Colo-NESCO 23

CN        0        16         0       7 — 23

DB       24       14       16       8 — 62

Individual statistical leaders

Rushing: CN — Andrew Grover 8-68. DB — Cade Tenold 14-240.

Passing: CN — Kenny Cutler 4-16-0-66. DB — Ty Purdy 7-11-0-68.

Receiving: CN — Spencer Hansen 2-45. DB — Ryan Naughton 4-54.

Tackles: CN — Cutler 7.5. DB — Foxe Youngblut 9.5.

Sacks: CN — Nolan Smith 1. DB — Tenold 1, Jacob Thiry 1, Keegan O'Connell 1.

Fumble recoveries: CN — Cutler.