Royal rally attempt falls just short versus BGM: Colo-NESCO falls at home, 64-58

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Colo-NESCO's Andrew Tschantz (31) and Kaleb Gray force BGM's Jacob Maurer to fumble the football and it was later recovered by their teammate Nolan Smith during the Royals' 64-58 loss to BGM Friday at Colo.

The Colo-NESCO football team couldn't complete the comeback against BGM Friday at Colo.

The Royals outscored the Bears 20-6 in the fourth quarter to nearly erase a 20-point deficit, but they came up just short in a 64-58 loss.

"It has been several years since our guys have battled back in a game like this," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "We are disappointed in the outcome, but extremely proud of the effort."

In the end Colo-NESCO couldn't overcome BGM's balanced offensive attack. The loss put the Royals at 2-5 on the season.

Here is what we learned from Colo-NESCO's heartbreaking loss:

Offense comes alive

Colo-NESCO had its most well-rounded effort of the season on offense.

Quarterback Kenny Cutler three for 146 yards and three touchdowns and added 128 yards and one score on the ground. Nolan Smith caught three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown and Andrew Tschantz made two touchdown grabs totaling 41 yards as his favorite targets.

Andrew Grover ran for 193 yards and two scores and Tschantz tacked on 48 yards and one touchdown rushing. Kaleb Gray ran for 19 yards and a touchdown, Lucas Frohwein made two catches for 27 yards and Spencer Hansen added two receptions for 18 yards.

"It is hard to believe that we could score 58 points and have 570 yards of offense and still lose a game," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "This will be one of the most memorable games in my coaching career despite the loss. I am very proud of the fight they had in this game."

No answer for Maurer

Colo-NESCO simply could not find a way to slow down BGM quarterback Jacob Maurer.

Maurer completed 27 of 32 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 262 yards and five scores on 34 carries.

Jacob Moel and Shamus Keller both had big nights receiving for the Bears. Moel made 12 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns and Keller had 10 grabs for 104 yards and one score.

Cutler had 16.5 tackles and Frohwein and Gray six apiece for Colo-NESCO on defense. Nolan Smith recovered a fumble and Nathan Oler came through with an interception.

Royals get GMG for senior night

Colo-NESCO takes on GMG this Friday for senior night at Colo. GMG enters the game with a 3-4 overall record and 2-3 mark in 8-man District 4.

"Our guys are excited to finish the year strong in what we expect to be some very competitive football games," Greenfield said.

BGM 64, Colo-NESCO 58

BGM                    6        30        22          6 — 64

Colo-NESCO       6        18        14        20 — 58

Individual statistical leaders

Rushing: BGM — Jacob Maurer 34-262. CN — Andrew Grover 31-193.

Passing: BGM — Maurer 27-32-1-362. CN — Kenny Cutler 10-17-0-146.

Receiving: BGM — Jacob Moel 12-156. CN — Nolan Smith 3-51.

Tackles: BGM — Moel 10.5 CN — Cutler 16.5.

Sacks: BGM — Cooper Winter 1.

Fumble recoveries: BGM — Logan Heishman 1. CN — Smith 1.

Interceptions: CN — Nathan Oler 1.