Colo-NESCO no match for Dunkerton, Behrens: Royals go flat at the line of scrimmage in 50-14 loss
The Colo-NESCO football team was unable to keep up its momentum from last week's victory over rival Collins-Maxwell in a 50-14 loss at Dunkerton Friday.
The Royals were down 42-6 by halftime and never recovered against the Raiders. They were overpowered by Dunkerton's potent ground game, led by Raider running back Kaden Behrens.
Behrens went wild against Colo-NESCO. He ran for 287 yards and scored an incredible seven touchdowns.
"It was a frustrating night all around," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "We came into this game feeling it would be competitive and evenly-matched. We really got physically dominated on both sides of the ball. Dunkerton deserves a lot of credit, especially their running back who we couldn’t seem to find a way of shutting down. I feel that we took a step back this week, especially with our open field tackling, so that will be a priority in the upcoming weeks."
The loss put Colo-NESCO at 2-4 overall and 1-3 in 8-player District 4. Dunkerton improved to 3-3 and 3-2 respectively.
Here is what we learned from the Royals' district loss to the Raiders:
C-N must get tougher in the trenches
Behrens wasn't the only one finding success against Colo-NESCO on the ground. The Royal defense allowed 422 rushing yards to the Raiders.
Colo-NESCO ran for a respectable 146 yards on offense. But that is a noticeable drop from its 236 yards in the win over Collins-Maxwell.
Grover going strong
One positive for Colo-NESCO in the ground game was the performance of running back Andrew Grover. Grover followed up his 155-yard night against Collins-Maxwell with 115 yards versus Dunkerton.
Hansen emerging as receiving threat
Spencer Hansen had a big night at receiver for Colo-NESCO against Dunkerton.
Hansen caught five passes for 103 yards and one touchdown versus the Raiders. Two weeks earlier he made two grabs for 45 yards in a 62-23 loss to Don Bosco.
"Our passing game saw some success," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "We actually had more passing yards than rushing yards, which hasn’t happened in a really long time."
Kenny Cutler threw for 157 yards and one touchdown at quarterback for the Royals.
Closing things out at home
Colo-NESCO's final two games will be in the friendly confines of the Colo-NESCO Stadium in Colo.
The Royals host BGM this Friday at 7 p.m. They get GMG for senior night to close out the season Oct. 15.
Dunkerton 50, Colo-NESCO 14
Colo-NESCO 6 0 0 8 — 14
Dunkerton 24 18 0 8 — 50
Individual statistical leaders
Rushing: CN — Andrew Grover 14-115. D — Kaden Behrens 17-287.
Passing: CN — Kenny Cutler 8-17-1-157. D — Dylan Marquart 2-5-0-22.
Receiving: CN — Spencer Hansen 5-103. D — Braiden Van Lengen 2-22.
Tackles: CN — Cutler 8. D — Ty Lindquist 7.5.
Sacks: CN — Lucas Frohwein.
Fumble recoveries: D — Chase Grieves 1.
Interceptions: CN — Hansen. D — Marquart.