Treynor's No. 1-ranking was on the line here Monday night against powerful Newell-Fonda, but the Cardinals were just too big and fast to let it slip away.
Led by a banner performance from a defense that has give up just three points all season, Treynor ended Newell-Fonda's season with a 17-0 loss.
"We gave it everything we had and I can't say enough about this group of kids," said Mustang coach Brian Wilken after the game. "But the difference in the game was that they made big plays and we didn't."
Not that Newell-Fonda didn't have its chances. Treynor lost fumbles twice in the first half, once in it's own territory, but that stellar defense held the Mustangs off the scoreboard.
Midway through the second quarter after a scoreless first, Treynor quarterback Jordan Frain threw a 55-yard scoring strike to wide-out Steve Maguire. Both Maguire and N-F defensive back Matt Stauter went up for the high pass, but Maguire came up with it and Stauter fell down.
The Newell-Fonda coaching staff questioned the call, citing offensive pass interference on the play.
But it stood and Treyor led 7-0.
Newell-Fonda came out in the third quarter and controlled the line of scrimmage, mounting a long drive that reached the Cardinal five-yard line before stalling.
The Mustangs tried an option on first down from the five and got two yards on the play. But a rushing attempt on second down gained nothing and on third down, the Mustangs were pushed back to the five yard line, where they faced fourth and goal.
Stauter, who also plays quarterback, had a problem with his helmet and had to go off the field. After 25 seconds elapsed, had to sit out fourth down.
Reserve QB Tim Seagran handed off to Beau Artist on fourth down but the latter was dropped for a loss.
Treynor crusied the rest of the way. Maguire hit a 24 yard field goal in the fourth and several minutes later, Treynor running back Nolan Strohbein iced it with a five-yard scoring run.
Treynor held Newell-Fonda to just 78 yards rushing while rushing for 222 yards and passing for 55.
Strohbein led all rushers with 148 yards on 33 carries. Stauter hit on 13 of 21 passes for 79 yards, Wilken said.