Despite losing running back Jared Neppl to a concussion early in the first quarter on the second drive of the game, the Mustangs of Newell-Fonda mounted a strong drive of first downs to beat the Wildcats of Rockwell City-Lytton 30-0 Friday night at Newell.
Things looked a little edgy early in the first quarter when the Mustangs turned the ball over twice. But a 43-yard Peter Olsen field goal with 6 seconds remaining in the period set the momentum up that would carry the Mustangs through the rest of the game.
It was a Chad Buchholz interception that set up Newell-Fonda's first scoring drive. At first and goal, Tim Seagren slipped in on a keeper play to make it 9-0 with 1:55 to go. The extra point attempt by Olsen was short, but the Mustangs led 9-0 at halfitme.
Newell-Fonda took the kickoff at the start of the second half. A couple false-start penalties slowed the Mustang drive down, but some strong carries by Seagren, Joseph Noethe, Buchholz, and David Hopper drew the home team closer to scoring range. A Seagren pass to Matt Sievers brought the Mustangs up to the Wildcat 16-yard line. Hopper picked up the rest of the drive and scored the Mustangs' next touchdown from 15-yards out to make it 15-0. Seagren passed to Hopper for a 2-point conversion to make it 17-0.
Hopper made scored his second rushing TD in the final quarter to make it 23-0 Olsen's extra point made it 24-0 with 1:41 left in the game.
The Wildcats took the kickoff but didn't keep the ball long. Newell-Fonda's Olsen intercepted an RC-L pass to set up yet another Mustang scoring drive. It was Brent Sexton's turn to make some gain, as he scored on a 1-yard run for the final margin.
Newell-Fonda had 172 yards on the ground, led by David Hopper with 104 yards on 20 carries. Though put out of the game early, Neppl had 24 yards on five carries. Brent Sexton had 25 yards on 10 carries, and Seagren 21 yards on four keepers,
Tim Seagren was 9-14 for 127 yards passing.
The Wildcats had 75 yards rushing. Their leading rusher was Trevor Richardson with 47 yards in 16 carries. They were 3-9 for 19 yards passing with two interceptions.
"We came out strong in the second half," said Mustang coach Brian Wilkin. "We just did what we were doing and we did a better job of it."
Wilkin said the Mustangs lost a linebacker and two linemen to injuries and it's not yet known if they'll make the next game against top-10 rated West Bend-Mallard Friday.
"They've got a great football team this year," Wilkin said. "They play hard."
With the win, the Mustangs improved to 5-2 overall and within Class A, district play.