Big second half gives Colo-NESCO a homecoming win over Collins-Maxwell: Royals roll, 40-14

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Collins-Maxwell quarterback Jace Huntrods tries to escape the grip of Colo-NESCO's Nolan Smith (40) and Lucas Frohwein as Smith and Frohwein bring him down for a sack during the Spartans' 40-14 loss to the Royals Friday at Colo.

The Colo-NESCO football team turned in an impressive outing against Collins-Maxwell Friday at Colo.

The Royals completely dominated the second half in coasting to a 40-14 homecoming victory over the Spartans.

Colo-NESCO had a slim advantage in total yards, 307-280. Neither team committed a turnover.

The difference in the game was Colo-NESCO's ability to get big stops on defense and execute in the most crucial moments on offense in the second half.

The victory put Colo-NESCO at 2-3 overall and 2-2 in 8-player District 4. Collins-Maxwell dropped to 1-4 and 0-4 respectively.

Here is what we learned from Colo-NESCO's decisive victory:

Royals get it done when it mattered

Colo-NESCO outscored Collins-Maxwell 26-0 in the second half. The Royals put two touchdowns on the board in each of the final two quarters.

"We challenged our guys to play Colo-NESCO football and outwork them in the second half," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "Our interior linemen — D.J. McMillen, Jamen Cochran and Trenton Beard — dominated the second half and we expect them to continue that moving forward. Andrew Grover and Andrew Tschantz continued to be our offensive punches and Kenny Cutler made some really nice plays on both sides of the ball."

Tschantz sparked the Royals in the third quarter with a 27-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard scoring reception off a pass from Cutler. Tschantz later added a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Grover scored from six yards out in the fourth.

The Colo-NESCO defense also made pivotal stops to keep Collins-Maxwell off the board in the second half.

Ground game delivers

Colo-NESCO ran for 236 yards on 6.1 yards per carry.

Andrew Grover ran for 155 yards and two touchdown's during Colo-NESCO's 40-14 homecoming victory over Collins-Maxwell Friday at Colo.

Grover led the way with 155 yards on 21 carries. Tschantz had 91 yards on 13 attempts.

The Royals do need to clean up their run defense a little. Brody Sampson piled up 220 yards rushing on 36 carries for Collins-Maxwell.

Pass defense comes through

A week after Jace Huntrods had 331 yards passing for Collins-Maxwell the Royals held him to 54 yards on 9 of 23 passing Friday night.

"Our defense shut them down in the second half," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "I feel like our pass defense really improved and stepped up this game." 

Grover tallied 9.5 tackles, Culter and Tschantz 7.5 apiece and Ephram Muntz 5.5. Lucas Frohwein and Nolan Smith each added a sack.

Last road game this Friday

Colo-NESCO will play its final road game of the season Friday at Dunkerton. The Royals are at home the final two weeks against BGM and GMG.

"We have a tough challenge this week as we hit the road against a really physical Dunkerton team," Greenfield said. "But our confidence is high as we move forward in district play."

Colo-NESCO 40, Collins-Maxwell 14

CM         0        14        0        0 — 14

CN          7          7      13      13 — 40    

Individual statistical leaders 

Rushing: CM — Brody Sampson 36-220. CN — Andrew Grover 21-155.

Passing: CM — Jace Huntrods 9-23-0-54. CN — Kenny Cutler 3-7-0-71.

Receiving: CM — Luke Huntrods 2-23. CN — Andrew Tschantz 1-50.

Tackles: CM — Caleb Dvorak 8, Kayden McKinney 8. CN — Grover 9.5.

Sacks: CM — Sampson 1.5. CN — Lucas Frohwein 1, Nolan Smith 1.