The #5 Mustangs got a big homecoming win last week as they held off #9 Rockwell City Lytton 14-6. N-F won't get any sort of breather this week as they take their unbeaten streak on the road against a very physical Clay Central-Everly team.
The Mavericks are 3-1 this season with their loss coming to #6 Algona Garrigan, another member of a very competitive district that the Mustangs face next week. More recently, CCE is coming off an impressive 58-6 throttling of SE Webster Grand.
Newell-Fonda will again find themselves squared off with a team that plays a very similar brand of football to their own. Both teams like to control the clock behind strong running games featuring solid feature backs.
The teams' stats are nearly identical as the Mustangs Josh Hopper has carried the ball 73 times for 476 yards and 7TDs. The Mavericks Lance Englert has 72 carries for 411 yards and 4TDs. Both teams also get their quarterbacks involved in the running game as they too have nearly identical stats.
"He's (Englert) a pretty hard runner and he can make people miss," said Hopper. They're a good team offensively and defensively."
N-F's Jack Reis has thrown for 248 yards and 3TDs while running for 148 and two more scores. CCE's Wes Christensen has thrown for 274 and 4TDs while running for 209 and 3TDs.
"Their QB is very good," said Hopper. "We'll try to keep him contained as much as possible."
With both teams having such similar offensive philosophies and success thus far in the season, the team that can get the defenses and special teams will likely determine this game.
To date, the Mustangs defense has nine interceptions and four forced fumbles led by Cody Wells' 38 tackles and three interceptions. The CCE defense has forced seven T.Os on the year and are led by junior Austin Klett's 34 tackles.
On special teams, Newell-Fonda has a slight edge, but neither team has converted a field goal through four games. The Mustangs have averaged nearly 37 yards per punt return with two returned for scores while CCE has managed just under ten.
The two evenly matched squad will kick off CCE's homecoming at 7:30PM.