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Mustangs overwhelm Fond du Lac; upset Nevis

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Mustangs overwhelm Fond du Lac; upset Nevis
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Oct. 14, Kelliher/Northome defeated the Fond du Lac football team 42-14 in Kelliher.

The host Mustangs scored on a bad snap in a punting situation on the first possession of the game and quickly jumped ahead 20-0. Playing their entire roster throughout the game, the Mustangs extended their lead to 28-0 at half time.

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Head Coach Derrick Gross stated, "We had six starters out," which may have led to his disappointment in the level of play as he called it "an ugly game both ways."

However, Gross hopes the extended playing time for the youngsters will prove beneficial as the playoffs begin.

In a strange turn about, Kelliher/Northome chose to kick off rather than receive the kick after a second half Fond du lac touchdown. This choice of position is seldom chosen at any level of football but is in the rule book.

Oct. 20 the Mustangs upset Nevis 12-7 at Nevis in a hard hitting, muddy game.

With their starters back in action the Mustangs "played well for four quarters" according to assistant coach Tom Pink.

With just seconds left in the half, Tyler Gibbs made a nice run from about 20 yards out to put the visitors ahead 6-0 at half time. Nevis used a long punt return to set up good field position and scored early in the fourth quarter to tie the game. The Tigers went ahead 7-6 by kicking the extra point to the delight of the home crowd.

Kelliher/Northome regained the lead late in the game on a broken play. On a fourth and two situation inside the Tiger's 20 yard line it appeared that Nevis had stopped the Mustangs cold. However, the football had squirted loose on a fumble and was alertly scooped up by running back Dalton Lindley who scampered into the endzone to give the Mustangs a 12-7 lead.

Kelliher/Northome regained the lead late in the game on a broken play. On a fourth and two situation inside the Tiger's 20 yard line it appeared that Nevis had stopped the Mustangs cold. However, according to Coach Gross, quarterback Evan Nelson "desperatly flung the football backward" and it was alertly scooped up by running back Dalton Lindley who scampered into the endzone to give the Mustangs a 12-7 lead. The defense played well throughout the game making the score stand 12-7 handing Nevis their fourth loss of the year.

Coach Gross complimented his team praising the blocking of linemen Caleb Schneider, Caleb Lindley, Cody Graupman, Lance Pink and Charlie Schuh. He was pleased by the downfield blocking of Jeff Roosdet, Joe Schuh and Jacob Gunderson.

Abandoning the passing game due to the weather Coach Gross was pleased with the hard running of the Mustang backs. He was also very pleased with the defensive effort in the mud particularly mentioning the efforts of Lindquist, Kyle Erickson, Schuh, Pink, Gunderson and Gibbs.

The 3-5 Mustangs opened the playoff season at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Clearbrook against fourth seeded Clearbrook-Gonvick.

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Pioneer staff reports
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