Royals wallop Wolverines in final district game: Colo-NESCO rolls at home, 48-12

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Colo-NESCO's Spencer Hansen hauls in a 40-yard pass from Kenny Cutler during the Royals' 48-12 victory over GMG to close out 8-player District 4 competition Friday at Colo.

The Colo-NESCO football team wrapped up 8-player District 4 play with an impressive 48-12 victory over GMG Friday at Colo.

The Royals used a strong rushing attack to overpower the Wolverines. They finished fourth in the district at 3-3 and improved to 3-5 overall.

GMG also fell to 3-5 and the Wolverines ended up 2-4 in the district.

"This was one of the best games we have played in quite a while and I am happy to say we are playing really well after a very close game with BGM last week," Colo-NESCO co-head coach Josh Nessa said. "It is great to peak now at the end of the season. This is when it should be done. Unfortunately, we were just a little short of making the playoffs."

Here is what we learned from the decisive Royal victory:

Colo-NESCO starts hot

The Royals took an 8-0 lead after one quarter then jumped all over the Wolverines in the second quarter. By halftime they held a 32-0 lead, enabling them to coast the rest of the way behind an outstanding defensive effort.

"Our linemen did a really nice job controlling the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense and that allowed our playmakers to do what they do," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "I was especially pleased with the shutout going into halftime, something we have not done in a long time. This win was a total team effort, but our seniors especially have really stepped it up in recent weeks."

The Royals ended up with 254 yards rushing. Andrew Grover had 99 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and Andrew Tschantz 95 yards and three scores on 18 carries.

Quarterback Kenny Cutler chipped in 55 yards on seven rushes. Cutler also completed 3 of 11 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Spencer Hansen made a 47-yard reception, Nolan Smith caught one pass for 18 yards and Tschantz hauled in an 8-yard touchdown reception.

Defense delivers

Colo-NESCO held GMG to 252 total yards. The Royals also forced three turnovers.

Grover made 8.5 tackles for Colo-NESCO on defense. Lucas Frohwein had 6.5 stops and two sacks, Cutler 5.5 tackles and Nolan Smith five stops.

 Hansen and Tschantz both recovered a fumble and Nathan Oler came through with an interception.

Final game this Friday

With the Royals eliminated from the playoffs they were able to schedule one more regular season game against another non-playoff qualifier this Friday in Grand View Christian (3-5).

"We are looking forward to keeping this momentum going into Week 9 against Grand View Christian," Greenfield said.

Colo-NESCO hosts Grand View Christian at Colo. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Colo-NESCO 48, GMG 12

GMG                  0        0        6        6 — 12

Colo-NESCO     8      24      16        0 — 48

Individual statistical leaders

Rushing: Colo-NESCO — Andrew Grover 17-99. GMG — Kooper Gill 15-101.   

Passing: Colo-NESCO — Kenny Cutler 3-11-0-73. GMG — Gill 5-20-1-111.

Receiving: Colo-NESCO — Spencer Hansen 1-47. GMG — Brayden Anderson 2-60.

Tackles: Colo-NESCO — Grover 8.5. GMG — Matthew DeSchamp 11.5

Sacks: Colo-NESCO — Lucas Frohwein 2. 

Fumble recoveries: Colo-NESCO — Hansen 1, Andrew Tschantz 1.

Interceptions: Colo-NESCO — Nathan Oler 1.