(Photo by Trent Johnson)
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," Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken said. "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 run.
The Mustangs rolled up 358 yards on 33 carries. Jonathan Johnson needed just four to put up 129 and 4 TDs. 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," Wilken said. "We won't know for sure until we watch the tapes, but we had some holes to run through."
Sievers was 6-of-7 passing for 76 yards and 2 TDs with no picks. Jonathan Johnson had two grabs for 41 yards and Anderson two for 30.
GTRA 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.
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," Wilken said. "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."