No. 1 Mustangs run over Wolverines, 56-20
No. 1 ranked Newell-Fonda brought its vaunted ground game to West Bend last Friday night and showed why they’re ranked on top handing the WBM/GCB Wolverines a 56-20 loss.
The Eight-Man District 2 matchup marked the end of the regular season schedule for both schools. N-F entered this week’s state playoffs unbeaten at 9-0 and sealed the district championship with their win over the Wolverines.
WBM/GCB, meanwhile, slipped to 6-4 overall, 5-2 in district play. They received the No. 4 seed in the first round of the playoffs with their fourth-place finish in the district.
The Mustangs rode the legs of running back Zak Sievers, who rushed 15 times for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Brady Bohe netted 97 yards on 12 carries and Jonathan Johnson had 69 yards on eight carries as N-F piled up 501 yards of offense, including 377 on the ground.
“This game unfolded not like we expected it go. We could not get our running game going,” WBM/GCB head coach Pete Kapustynski said. “Newell-Fonda is a very solid football team. They have depth. I predict them to go all the way.”
The Wolverines could generate only 66 rushing yards on the ground and finished with 181 passing yards. Quarterback Jesse Zinnel rushed nine times for 37 yards and completed 1 of 40 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The Mustangs took a 21-0 first quarter lead and led 30-14 at halftime. Dustin Johnson scored on a 20-yard pass reception from Zinnel and Nathan Grimm caught an eight-yard pass for a touchdown to account for the Wolverine scoring in the second quarter.
N-F added 20 points in the third quarter for a 50-14 lead entering the final period. The Wolverines’ final score came in the fourth quarter on Nathan Grimm’s two-yard touchdown run.
Grimm was the leading tackler with 15 stops while Johnson and Aaron Montag each had 10 stops.
“We have to get back to the basics of being able to run the football. When we get back to doing that effectively, then everything else will fall into place for our team. Defensively we have to be ready to stop big plays,” Kapustynski said.
The Wolverines will focus this week on their first round playoff opponent, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Marcus.
The two schools met in West Bend back on Aug. 31 in a non-district contest, which saw MMC post a 38-32 victory. MMC went 9-0 overall and 6-0 to win their district and earn a No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Wolverines’ fourth-place finish in District 2 gave WBM/GCB a No. 4 seed in the opening round of the playoffs.
The winner of the first round playoff game advances to a second round game on Monday, Oct. 29, at a site to be determined, against the winner of the Remsen-Union at Laurens-Marathon contest.
“We’re certainly very familiar with them, having met back on Aug. 31 at our place,” Kapystynski said. “That was a difficult loss for us but we came back within six points. I feel a lot better this time around playing them.”
“The key for us this week is staying focused and getting our running game established,” Kapustynski said. “And that starts with winning the battle in the trenches and reading our keys.”
N-F 21 9 20 6 56
WBMGCB 0 14 0 6 20
Dustin Johnson 20-yard pass from Jesse Zinnel
Nathan Grimm 8-yard pass from Jesse Zinnel
Grimm 2-yard run.
1st downs 9 15
Rushes-yards 42-377 0
Passes (CAI) 5-10-0 0
Passing yards 124 0
Total net yards 501 0
Penalty yards 45 15
Fumbles-lost 0 0
WB DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Tackles (solo-assist): Nathan Grimm 10-5, Dustin Johnson 3-7, Aaron Montag 3-7, Dan Eubank 3-3, Kurt Banwart 3-2, Carson Wirtz 4-1, Jason Zinnel 4-1, Jesse Zinnel 1-3, Cole Banwart 2-1.
Pass interceptions: none.
Fumbles recovered: none.
Sacks: Eubank 1.
Kickoffs: Jason Zinnel 3-97.
Kickoff returns: Davey Jergens 5-86.
Punts: Jason Zinnel 7-218 (31.1).
Punt returns: Davey Jergens 1-34
RUSHING–W: Jesse Zinel 9-37, Dan Eubank 2-8, Jason Zinnel 1-5, NolanGrimm 1-5, Travis Fehr 1-5, Ashton Fehr 1-3, Nathan Grimm 1-3.
PASSING–W: Jesse Zinnel 17 of 40 for 181 yards, 1 interception.
RECEIVING–W: Nathan Grimm 8-57, Dustin Johnson 4-54, Jason Zinnel 4-52, Davey Jergens 1-18.
8-PLAYER DISTRICT 2
Newell-Fonda 7-0 9-0
Laurens-Marathon 5-2 7-2
North Iowa 5-2 7-2
West Bend-Mallard/GCB 5-2 *6-4
Graettinger-Terril/R-A 3-4 3-6
Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne 2-5 3-7
Northeast Hamilton 1-6 2-7
CAL Latimer 0-7 0-9
Forfeited Aug. 17 win over N-K.
Oct. 19 games
GT/RA 74, CWL 42
Newell-Fonda 56, WBMGCB 20
L-M 20, North Iowa 17
NE Hamilton 70, CAL 6
Playoff qualifiers, pairings
WBM/GCB at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (9-0)
Remsen-Union (6-3) at Laurens-Marathon
River Valley, Correctionville (4-5) at Newell-Fonda
North Iowa at Harris-Lake Park (7-2)