COLO – A sluggish first quarter was too much for the Colo-Nesco team to overcome in a 54-37 loss to Grandview Park Baptist Friday on senior night in Colo.
Playing in their final game of the season, the Royals gave up four touchdown passes to the Defenders’ Ben Thompson in the opening quarter to fall behind 28-6.
The huge deficit could have demoralized Colo-Nesco. But the Royals didn’t give up, fighting their way back to within 28-25 late in the second quarter.
Grandview Park Baptist picked up a field goal just before halftime to go up by six at the break. The Defenders then regrouped to score the first two touchdowns of the third quarter, and by the end of the period, their lead had grown to 47-31.
Colo-Nesco stepped up defensively to hold Grandview Park Baptist to one touchdown in the fourth quarter. But the Royals couldn’t do any better offensively.
“We played hard and with heart,” Colo-Nesco head coach Josh Nessa said. “We made some adjustments in the second quarter and again in the second half that made us much more aggressive. We outscored them in the last three quarters; we just couldn’t make up the difference from the first quarter.”
The Royals gave up 428 yards, including 260 passing yards from Thompson. But only 55 of those yards through the air came in the second half.
On offense Colo-Nesco did a nice job in finishing with 420 yards itself. The Royals did most of their damage on the ground, rushing for 343 yards on 53 carries.
Taylor Hill had a huge final home game for Colo-Nesco. Hill rushed for 276 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries and he also completed 5 of 11 passes for 77 yards with no interceptions.
Blake Stevens ran for 31 yards and one score, Grant Tiarks had a 15-yard touchdown run and Alex Griffin ran for 15 yards and a score and added a 5-yard reception. Evan Webb caught two passes for 49 yards and added six yards rushing and Clayton Bryan made two receptions for 23 yards.
On defense Bryan led the team in tackles with eight and Dacian Williams added seven tackles and one sack. Casy Angell finished with five tackles and two sacks, Michael Starling had three tackles and one sack, Webb totaled six stops and Tiarks added five.
“Despite the fact that this season didn’t go as well as we had hoped, I am still proud of my players,” Nessa said. “They had great attitudes and played hard most games. To my seniors: I am proud of you and thanks for your hard work and leadership.”
Colo-Nesco finished with a 2-7 overall record and 2-5 mark in 8-man District 6.
GPB 54, Colo-Nesco 37
GPB 28 3 16 7 – 54
C-N 6 19 6 6 – 37
GPB – Connor Arrasmith 15 pass from Ben Thompson (Ryan Flanders kick), 7:51
GPB – Nate Davidson 8 pass from Thompson (kick failed), 3:35
CN – Taylor Hill 63 run (run failed), 2:50
GPB – Davison 9 pass from Thompson (pass good), 1:25
GPB – Davison 18 pass from Thompson (Flanders kick), 0:01
CN – Alex Griffin 11 run (run failed), 10:55
CN – Blake Stevens 9 run (Tanner Clatt kick), 6:04
CN – Grant Tiarks 15 run (kick failed), 2:21
GPB – Flanders 26 FG, 0:41
GPB – Thompson 1 run (kick failed), 10:31
GPB – Davison 3 pass from Thompson (Flanders kick), 7:25
CN – Hill 30 run (run failed), 5:42
GPB – Flanders 28 FG, 0:31
CN – Hill 42 run (kick failed), 11:52
GPB – Thompson 60 run (Flanders kick), 3:15
Team statistics GPB C-N
Rushes-yards 27-168 53-343
Passing 21-45-0 5-11-0
Passing yards 260 77
Total yards 428 420
Individual statistics – Colo-Nesco
Rushing: Taylor Hill 37-276, Blake Stevens 6-31, Grant Tiarks 1-15, Alex Griffin 7-15, Evan Webb 2-6.
Passing: Hill 5-11-0-77.
Receiving: Webb 2-49, Clayton Bryan 2-23, Griffin 1-5.
Tackles: Bryan 8, Dacian Wilson 7, Webb 6, Casy Angell 5, Tiarks 5.
Sacks: Angell 2, Wilson, Michael Starling.