Royals thump Thunder in final game: Colo-NESCO ends season with 68-20 victory

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Colo-NESCO's Andrew Tschantz runs by Grand View Christian's Blake Schroeder during the Royals' 68-20 victory over the Thunder to close out its 2021 football season Friday at Colo. Tschantz ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

The Colo-NESCO football team closed out its 2021 season on a high note Friday with a dominant 68-20 victory over Grand View Christian at Colo.

The Royals blew the game open with 28 points in the second quarter. They led 44-13 at the half and coasted to victory, finishing 4-5 on the season.

"This game was a lot of fun for our team," Colo-NESCO co-head coach David Greenfield said. "We were able to control the ball on offense and create some nice stops and turnovers on defense. This team has grown tremendously throughout the year and they played really well these last few weeks. It was great to send our seniors out with a couple of good wins as well as several school records."

Here is what we learned from Colo-NESCO's grand finale of the 2021 season:

Nessa gets big sendoff

Josh Nessa spent his last night on the sidelines as a head coach for the Colo-NESCO football program Friday.

Nessa has coached Colo-NESCO for the past 10 seasons. He is the winningest coach in Royal history.

Nessa split head coaching duties with Greenfield this year before transitioning over to an assistant coach under Greenfield next year so he can spend more time with his family.

"It was a great day to be Royal!" Nessa said. "I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the seniors, what next season will be like for the returning players and to be able to help Coach Greenfield take the reins and see success as well."

Royals run wild

Colo-NESCO piled up 387 yards rushing Friday night.

Andrew Tschantz led the big ground rush for Colo-NESCO with 169 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Andrew Grover also had a monster game with 148 yards and three scores on 18 carries.

Freshman Gannon Short added a 40-yard touchdown run and Hunter Hardin had 19 yards on four carries.

Quarterback Kenny Cutler completed two passes for 34 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Grover. Nolan Smith added one catch for 14 yards.

Defense dominates

Colo-NESCO allowed Thunder quarterback Noah John to complete 16 of 21 passes for 227 yards. But the Royals intercepted John twice, recovered a fumble and held Grand View Christian to just 38 yards rushing.

Lucas Frohwein had 9.5 tackles, Grover 7.5 and Smith six. Frohwein also had two sacks and Grover also recovered a fumble.

Kaleb Gray comes up with an interception during Colo-NESCO's 68-28 victory over Grand View Christian Friday at Colo.

Tschantz returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown. Kaleb Gray also picked off a pass.

Colo-NESCO 68, Grand View Christian 20

Grand View Christian        7            6         0        7 — 20

Colo-NESCO                   16          28       16        8  — 68

Individual statistical leaders

Rushing: Colo-NESCO — Andrew Tschantz 15-169. GVC — Noah John 22-90.

Passing: Colo-NESCO — Kenny Cutler 2-8-0-34. GVC — John 16-21-2-227.

Receiving: Colo-NESCO — Andrew Grover 1-20. GVC — Colin Woodbury 7-124.

Tackles: Colo-NESCO — Lucas Frohwein 9.5. GVC — Woodbury 6.5.

Sacks: Colo-NESCO — Frohwein 2. GVC — Woodbury 0.5, Caleb Foster-Krueger 0.5.

Fumble recoveries: Colo-NESCO — Grover 1.

Interceptions: Colo-NESCO — Tschantz, Kaleb Gray.