Newell-Fonda's attacking ground game and tenacious defense proved to be too much for Laurens-Marathon here Friday night as the Mustangs rolled past the Chargers 35-8.
"The guys gave a really great effort tonight," said head football coach Brian Wilken. "Laurens-Marathon is a good team; our kids just came out and played really well."
David Hopper and Spencer Baak were the one-two punch for the Mustangs. Hopper scrambled into the end zone from nine yards out in the first quarter to score the first points of the game. Baak ran for 31 yards for another score and Hopper converted for two more points for a 14-0 halftime lead.
Coming out of the locker room, it was all Newell-Fonda. Hopper scored again from three yards out. A few minutes later, Baak followed suit to build a commanding 28-0 lead over the Chargers at the third quarter horn.
Seconds into the fourth quarter, Laurens-Marathon showed a spark of life. Quarterback David Brechler connected with Travis Leuer from 19 yards out for the touchdown. Brechler hit Josh Gunnarson for the two point conversion, making the score 28-8.
Any hope Laurens-Marathon had was snuffed as Baak found himself in the end zone for the third time from one-yard out. Cody Wells nailed the point after, his third attempt on the night, to finalize the score at 35-8.
The Mustangs rolled up 276 yards rushing on 51 touches and were 7-8 through the air for 108 yards. The Chargers were held to 100 yards rushing on 28 carries and 32 yards through the air on 4-8 passing.
Hopper led the Mustang offense, running for 148 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. Baak added 92 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns for the win.
Defensively, Travis Kies and Nate Miller posted eight tackles each to lead Newell-Fonda.
With this win, Newell-Fonda improves to 4-0 in Class A District play and 5-0 overall. The Mustangs take on Clay Central-Everly next Friday.