Mustangs blast G-T/R-A on Homecoming, 69-8

Monday, October 1, 2012
Newell-Fonda's Gabe Podraza (18) and Tom Devereaux combine on a stop as the Mustangs' top-ranked defense made life difficult for opposing ball carriers yet again. / Photo by Trent Johnson.

NEWELL - 3rd-ranked Newell-Fonda poured in 36 points points in the first quarter alone, rolling on continuous clock for the rest of the way as they put a homecoming beating on Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrires, 69-8.

Allowing just 11 points a game, the Mustangs boast 8-man's stingiest defense, and they set the tone against Friday, holding G-T/R-A to just 70 yards rushing and 63 yards passing.

"Defensively, we played awfully well," said Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken. "There was a play or two here or there, but that's going to happen from time to time. The kids are playing hard, running to the football and making tackles. That's the name of the game."

The Mustang defense also put the first points on the board as Rigo Johnson registered a safety less than 15 seconds into the game. Jonathan Johnson then took the Mustangs' first play from scrimmage 37 yards into the endzone for a 10-0 lead with only 30 seconds off the clock.

Jonathan would add another 37-yard run four minutes later, and Zak Sievers pushed it to 22-0 with a 17-yard run with 4:30 left in the first. Johnson punched in his third and fourth touchdowns of the quarter soon thereafter, making it 36-0 after one.

Rigo added a short run in the second quarter, and Sievers linked up with Dalton Anderson on a two-yard pass for a 50-0 halftime advantage.

Brady Bohe and Bryce Neilsen added short rushing scores in the third, and Cole Wise a 12-yard TD in the fourth.

The Titans' lone score came with 5:13 left in the fourth on a Michael Girres.

The Mustangs rolled up 358 yards on 33 carries. Jonathan Johnson needed just four to put up 129 and 4TDs. Sievers had seven for 88, Gabe Podraza four for 54, Wise five for 44 and Bohe five for 24.

"It appeared we blocked a little better than we have the last couple of weeks," said Wilken. "We won't know for sure until we watched the tapes, but we had some holes to run through."

Sievers was 6-of-7 passing for 76 yards and 2TDs with no picks. Jonathan Johnson had two grabs for 41 yards and Anderson two for 30.

G-T/R-A was led by Girres' 31 yards on six carries. Blaze Alesch was held to 10 yards on 11 rushes and was 6-of-16 passing with no touchdowns and one interception snagged by Bohe.

The Mustangs push to 6-0 with the homecoming victory.

"We're happy to be where we're at," said Wilken. "We had a week of practice where we got things worked out a little bit, but we've still got some things to work on. This is where we want to stay. It's a tough road. Every week is a new challenge."

Newell-Fonda fans received an added homecoming surprise as former student and player Brandon Nielsen was granted a surprise visit home from oversees duty to present the colors before the game.

"That was a big lift for all of us," said Wilken. "He's been over on the front lines, and we're awfully proud of him and what he's doing. He was such a special part of our program and always will be. It's great to have him back in the town of Newell again."

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