After Alta and Sioux Central's entertaining matchup in week one, two more area squads will face each other this week as the Buffalo Ridge Bison (1-1) travel to Newell to take on the Mustangs (1-0)
Newell-Fonda is coming off of a thrilling 21-14 last-minute victory against Pocahontas. Trailing or tied most of the night, the Mustangs came up with a big stop late in the 4th quarter before Jack Reis connected with Alex daSilva on a 52-yard TD pass to give them the victory.
Following their victory, Newell-Fonda jumped into the Class-A rankings making their appearance at number eight on the list.
The Mustangs look to build upon an offensive showing that was well-balanced in their debut, led by Reis at QB. Reis put up 117 yards and 2TDs through the air to go along with 69 yards rushing. Senior running back Josh Hopper kept the chains moving as he carried the ball 18 times for 86 yards and a TD.
One key focus for the Mustangs will be to shore up the run defense after giving up nearly 250 yards on the ground in week one. The Newell-Fonda pass coverage, on the other hand, was lights-out as they held Pocahontas to only one completion for one yard. Hopper picked off two passes and Cody Wells snagged a third interception to go along with 11 tackles.
Meanwhile, the Bison look to recover from a 40-0 shelling at the hands of Battle Creek-Ida Grove. A relentless BCIG defense forced five Bison turnovers, two of which led to scores in the first quarter alone. Buffalo Ridge will be have to find some answers offensively after totaling just 64 yards last week.
After putting up 58 yards and 2TDs in their week one victory, Daren Miller was held to just 22 yards on 13 carries in week two. In relief of Miller, Tyler Kenny picked up 27 yards on limited carries.
Despite giving up 40 points, the Bison defense played very well against BCIG as they allowed only 79 yards rushing and 91 through the air. Due to the turnovers, the Bison were stuck defending a short field all night, but have shown they are capable of disrupting opposing offenses.
Mark Cronin leads the Buffalo Ridge defensive effort at linebacker as he's collected 18 tackles and returned one interception for a TD through two games.
Both squads look to remedy last week's errors and pick up their second win in Newell Friday night with kickoff set for 7:30 PM.