Mustangs roll to win over RV-C in district contest

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

N-F takes advantage of turnovers

The Newell-Fonda Mustangs converted four turnovers into touchdowns in the second quarter alone here Friday night, rolling to a 54-7 win over River Valley/Correctionville in the season and district opener for both teams.

Going into the game, Mustangs coach Brian Wilken's concerns were twofold - playing tougher and more physical that his team did at times last year and stopping all-district RV-C quarterback Brock Jensen.

His team passed both tests with flying colors.

N-F forced five turnovers overall and according to Wilken, "we were tougher and more physical at the point of attack than they were. We also won the battle at the line of scrimmage."

Jensen was held to just 40-yards rushing on four carries and was just 9 of 19 passing for 72 yards.

"It was a good start for us," Wilken said. "We played well defensively but that's what we hope for with every game and expect."

The Mustangs scored first midway through the first quarter when junior halfback Jared Neppl capped a 70-yard drive with an eight-yard scoring run.

Late in the first quarter, N-F took a 12-0 lead after another long drive, this one capped by a three-yard run by fullback Jake Schnell.

The Mustangs added four more scores in the second quarter on three touchdowns and a field goal. All were set up by River Valley-Correctionville turnovers.

Neppl scored his second touchdown early in the second quarter on an eight-yard run and after another turnover, Mustang quarterback Matt Stauter connected on an 11-yard scoring pass to Alan Baskerville.

After yet another turnover with about two minutes left in the first half, Stauter snuck in from two yards out.

With two seconds left in the second quarter, N-F kicker Trent Corderman connected on a 29-yard field goal to make it 34-0 at the half.

The Mustangs got a 22-yard run in the third quarter from Stauter for the only scored of that frame. N-F led 40-0 after three quarters.

They added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including on a 5-yard scoring run by Brent Sexton and a 13-yard run by running back Joe Miller. River Valley-Correctionville scored its only touchdown late in the fourth frame on a 9-yard run by the dangerous Jensen.

Neppl led all rushers with 93 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Stauter ran just six times but for 72 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, Jared Buchholz ran seven times for 50 yards while Schnell scored once and gained 48 yards on just five carries.

Stauter connected on 3 of 6 passes for 45 yards and one touchdown.

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