Last minute fireworks give Newell-Fonda the win

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Mustangs of Newell-Fonda got their season off to solid start as they picked up a come from behind road victory over the Pocahontas area Indians 21-14 Friday night.

The game was knotted at 14 with three minutes left, and the Mustangs were able to come up with a big stop to get the ball back.

After making some headway on their drive, Jack Reis connected with Alex da Silva on 52-yard touchdown strike that would give Newell-Fonda the victory. Reis also added 68 yards on the ground Friday night.

"It's a big win for our program, this football team, our school, and our community," said Mustangs' head coach Brian Wilken. "Pocahontas has a very nice ball club. They've got size and they have kids that can run. They're always well coached, and their staff does a tremendous job of getting their kids prepared. The deciding factor was the turnovers. They turned it over three times to our one. They've got a nice football team and they're going to have a nice year."

The Mustangs trailed most of the game but never let Pocahontas get too far ahead as they had an answer for every Indian score.

"Our kids made some huge plays at critical times," said Wilken. "We were able to get a little bit of balance from that standpoint yardage wise. The thing that was the best for us offensively was that every time they scored we answered with one of our own. That says a lot about the kids' resiliency to be able to come back."

The Mustangs' offense had a good showing in week one as their balanced attack totaled 177 yards on the ground and 117 through the air.

Jack Hopper had a solid game for the Mustangs as he rushed for 86 yards and touchdown. Cody Wells scored the other Newell-Fonda TD on a 28-yard reception.

"We did some good things Friday," said Wilken. "Defensively against the pass, we played awfully well. We held them to 1-6 passing for one yard and three interceptions. Against the run, we didn't play as well as we need to and gave up close to 250 yards. That's not us. We've got to do a better job stopping the run. We're going to have to get back to work and get some of those mistakes we're making corrected. Having the weekend to look at film, we've got a lot of things to work on. If we're going to get where we want to be, we're going to have to make some huge improvements."

The Mustangs (1-0) will play host to the Buffalo Ridge Bison (1-1) this Friday with game-time scheduled for 7:30 PM in Newell.

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