Colo-NESCO no match for Dunkerton, Behrens: Royals go flat at the line of scrimmage in 50-14 loss

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Andrew Grover

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.

Spencer Hansen

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.