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Mustangs roll Remsen in season opener, 59-6

Monday, August 27, 2012

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NEWELL - Newell-Fonda is a team ranked as high as second in some of the preseason polls, and the Mustangs showed why Friday night, rolling over Remsen St. Mary's in a 59-6 final in Newell.

The Mustangs stampeded out true to form, racking up 433 yards on the ground Friday night, led by Jonathan Johnson's eight-carry, 185-yard, 4TD effort.

"Our kids did a lot of good things," said Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken. "Our effort was good. When you play hard and relentless, you give yourself a chance. We obviously have some things to work on, but it was a good effort. Our kids have worked awfully hard for this season."

Newell-Fonda wasted little time as they scored on their opening drive of the game, capped off by Johnson breaking loose for a 25-yard score for a 7-0 lead with nine minutes left in the first.

Remsen St. Mary's then put in their most promising drive of the opening half, charging deep into Mustang territory, but Dalton Anderson would come up with timely interception on Tyler Delperdang's pass attempt, reclaiming possession just outside the goal line.

Johnson didn't take long to find the end zone a second time, breaking free for a 40-yard score. The extra point was blocked for a 13-0 edge.

Remsen would lose possession on the ensuing kickoff as Johnson's line drive bounced off of a Hawk helmet and into Newell-Fonda hands.

Mustang quarterback Zak Sievers then connected with Anderson on the play action fade for a 22-yard scoring strike with three minutes left in the first.

Brady Bohe joined into the action in the second, rumbling his way into the end zone from 25 yards out for a 25-0 lead with 11 minutes to play in the second. The Hawks would go three and out, and Johnson found the end zone yet again, this time from 45-yards out to make it a 32-0 game.

After Anderson picked off his second pass of the night, Johnson would punch in his fourth TD of the half with another 25-yard score.

The Mustangs would tack on three more scores in the second half as Sievers connected with Johnson on a 14-yard scoring pass in the third, Dillon Anderson had a six-yard rushing TD in the third, and Bryce Nielsen hit pay dirt from 53-yards out in the fourth. Remsen put up their six points with three minutes left on a Nate Roder 10-yard rush.

After Johnson's 185, Bohe followed with 76 yards rushing on six carries. Sievers had seven carries for 59 yards, Nielsen two for 55, Dillon Anderson three for 25 and Rigo Johnson three for 20. Sievers was 5-of-6 passing for 98 yards, 2TDs and no interceptions.

"That's what we have to do to be successful," said Wilken on the impressive ground game in the debut. "We put a huge emphasis on that every day. We were also 5-of-6 throwing the ball. That's a completion percentage we like to have. We threw well when we wanted to and with effectiveness."

Rigo Johnson led the Newell-Fonda defense as he was all over the field, racking up 18 tackles on the night. Andrew Temple made seven stops along the line, Shawn Thompson six and Jake Hahn six.

The Mustangs hit the road next week as they visit Kingsley-Pierson, a team that spoiled an otherwise unblemished district record a season ago.



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