Mus­tangs ‘Ground And Pound’


McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

The McDonald County High School foot­ball team was ready for the rain.

The McDonald County High School foot­ball team was ready for the rain.

Switch­ing back to last year’s of­fense that fea­tured a power run­ning game with two tight ends from this year’s spread of­fense, the Mus­tangs used three yards and a cloud of Oak­ley Roessler to beat the Ne­vada Tigers, 42-20, in its an­nual home­com­ing game held Sept. 21 at MCHS.

Roessler, run­ning be­hind an of­fen­sive line of Will Gor­don, Kaidan Camp­bell, Tan­ner Harnar, Trys­ton Leach and El­liott Wolfe and tight ends Ren­don Lane and Bren­non White, car­ried 39 times for 279 yards and five touch­downs.

“We kind of just got into a lit­tle bit of ‘ground and pound’,” said coach Kellen Hoover. “We said, ‘We are go­ing to take the weather out of the equa­tion’ — a les­son learned from East New­ton or at least the early part of East New­ton where we tried to get back there and run some of our spread. We jumped into our dou­ble tight-I (for­ma­tion) and told our of­fen­sive line and Joe (full­back Joe Brown) and Oak­ley we were go­ing to rely on the ground game. We haven’t asked a lot from the tight ends all year, but they just stepped up to the plate and hit a home run tonight.”

Ne­vada ap­peared to get on the score­board on the first play of the game, but a 59-yard touch­down run by sopho­more Kaden Denny was called back due to a holding penalty, the first of three long touch­downs by the Tigers called back due to penal­ties.

Ne­vada over­came the penalty and marched in­side the Mus­tangs’ 30-yard line, but the drive stalled af­ter a 26-yard touch­down by Jaren Powrie on fourth-and-10 was called back.

The teams traded punts be­fore the Mus­tangs marched 75 yards in 11 plays, capped by a 3-yard touch­down by Roessler and Dy­lan Al­li­son’s first of six ex­tra points, to take a 7-0 lead.

Ju­nior Teriek re­cov­ered a fum­ble on a punt to set up Roessler’s sec­ond TD, a 25-yard run early in the sec­ond quar­ter. Zack Woods then re­cov­ered a fum­ble on the en­su­ing kick­off, set­ting up a 40-yard touch­down drive, with Roessler scor­ing his third touch­down, this one from eight yards out.

Trent Alik re­cov­ered a fum­ble for the Tigers third turnover on three con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions, giv­ing McDonald County the ball on the Ne­vada 36-yard line. Joe Brown gave McDonald County a 28-0 half­time lead with a two-yard run with just over a minute to half­time.

Ne­vada opened the sec­ond half by re­cov­er­ing a Mus­tangs fum­ble

and go­ing 40 yards to cut the lead to 28-6. McDonald County an­swered with a 56-yard drive capped by a Roessler one-yard run to stretch the lead to 35-6.

Nolan Baisch then got into the fum­ble re­cov­ery act, giv­ing McDonald County the ball on the Ne­vada 7-yard line. A Ben Mora to Joe Brown touch­down pass from the 4-yard line was called back be­fore Roessler scored McDonald County’s fi­nal touch­down to make the score 42-6 with 5:16 left in the third quar­ter.

The Tigers scored on their next two pos­ses­sions, to cut the lead to 42-20, but McDonald County was able to run out the clock with the help of an Os­car Or­tiz in­ter­cep­tion to end one Ne­vada threat.

“It was re­ally just a good team ef­fort,” Hoover said. “The de­fense played ex­tremely well the first half, and our special teams put to­gether their best ef­fort of the year. Our gun­ners on the punt team (Teriek and Alik) do a fan­tas­tic job get­ting down­field and get­ting into the re­turner’s face. Dy­lan hit six ex­tra points and we also asked him to take on kick­ing du­ties the past two weeks and he has done ex­actly what we have asked ev­ery time.”

Brown added 38 yards on 15 car­ries, while Mora threw three times, com­plet­ing one pass for 7 yards.

Lane led the de­fen­sive charts with eight solo tack­les and four as­sists. Alik and Brown had six solo tack­les, while Or­tiz had two in­ter­cep­tions to go along with the four fum­ble re­cov­er­ies by the Mus­tangs.

Powrie car­ried 19 times for 103 yards, while Den­ney added 98 yards on 13 car­ries to lead the Tigers. Ne­vada fin­ished with 244 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing just 4 yards through the air.

McDonald County im­proves to 3-2 head­ing into its Sept. 28 game at Cassville. Kick­off is at 7 p.m.


McDonald County’s Trent Alik (17) and Michael Wil­liams (31) team up to stop Ne­vada’s Kaden Denny dur­ing the Mus­tangs’ 42-2 win over the Tigers on Sept. 21 at MCHS.


McDonald County safety Os­car Or­tiz comes up with his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of the game in the Mus­tangs’ 42-20 win over Ne­vada.

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