NEWELL - Five first quarter rushing touchdowns had the continuous clock rolling at the start of the second quarter in Newell Friday as the Mustangs made quick work of Northeast Hamilton, 56-0.
Newell-Fonda rolled up nearly 250 rushing yards and forced six turnovers as they pushed their unbeaten record to 4-0 overall with a 2-0 record in league play.
"The good news is we're 4-0," said Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken. "We're atop the district at 2-0. We held them under 100 yards rushing, under 150 total yards. That's pretty good defensively. You hold them to zero points, you've done something right. Our defense gave our offense awfully good field position, and they took advantage."
The first quarter scoring barrage saw Jonathan Johnson punch in touchdown runs of 17 and 52 yards, Rigo Johnson had TD runs of 42 and 21 yards, and Zak Sievers had a 5-yarder.
Sievers connected with Dalton Anderson on a 38-yard TD pass in the second, and a 24-yarder in the third. Anderson added a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third as well. Roberto Torres was good on all eight extra point tries.
Jonathan Johnson finished with eight rushes for 122 yards. Rigo had four for 76, and Sievers and Brady Bohe each carried four times for 23 yards. Sievers completed 8-of-11 for 118 yards, 2TDs and zero interceptions.
NE Hamilton completed just 1-of-7 passes for 50 yards with 2INTs. Anderson recorded both picks. NEH carried 32 times for 97 yards.
Heading into next week's matchup with Laurens-Marathon, also unbeaten heading into Friday, Wilken eyes some areas where the Mustangs can improve.
"We had nine penalties tonight," he said. "We had a number of mental lapses. Those things eventually catch up with you. At times, we created some pretty good holes. Other times, our backs were kind of on their own. We've got to develop some consistency. We're to a point where there's got to be a sense of urgency. We'll see an awfully good football team in Laurens next week. They're extremely well coached, disciplined. Right now, that's an area that we're struggling in. They're going to get out and block us. They're going to hit us. It's a rivalry week. We've got to get to work."
Kickoff is schedule for 7PM Friday night in Laurens.