DC-G shook off a rare sluggish start against an out-manned Saydel "11" and rolled to a 61-0 win over the Eagles at home on Oct. 11, the Mustangs’ fourth shutout in the last five games.
After giving up some early positive yardage to Saydel, the Mustangs got on the board when quarterback Andrew Kramer kept the ball, skirted his own left end, and raced untouched 56 yards down the sideline to give DC-G the lead.
From that point, it was all DC-G.
The Mustangs roared out to a 34-0 lead at the half, then scored early in the third quarter to make it 41-0 and put the game clock into continuous motion.
Despite rolling away, it took a last-minute interception by sophomore Dallas Miles and a 100-yard scamper to paydirt to maintain the Mustang shutout. It was just the 13th 100-yard interception return in state history.
When it was all said and done, Kramer and running backs Chaz Chambers and Noah Weeks had each scored two TDs. Senior linebacker Jack Kelly got into the act as he scooped up a Saydel fumble and raced 63 yards for a score and sophomore Anthony Jacobsen scored on a 5-yard run.
Chambers scored on runs of 20 and 17 yards, while Weeks scored on runs of 18 and 87 yards.
Weeks carried the ball only six times but racked up 134 yards on the ground, Chambers rambled 95 yards on nine carries and Kramer wound up with 77 yards on just four carries. DC-G finished with 323 rushing yards.
Kramer completed two of seven passes for 28 yards. Sophomore Nate Osborn threw once and completed it four 13 yards.
DC-G ran for 311 yards on just 25 carries for the game.
Austin Kloewer led DC-G with seven tackles and Justin Gardner, Jack Jorgensen and Carson Namanny each had five. Kloewer added five assisted tackle to lead with 12 total.
The Mustangs, who at 4-0 are tied with Boone atop the Class 3A District 4 standings, travel Friday to Huxley for a matchup with the 2-2 Bombers. Ballard must win to stay ahead of Newton in the chase for the final postseason spot. The Mustangs, who are already assured of a playoff spot, are now jockeying for home-field advantage.
"The most important thing is we go up there and continue to play well," said coach Scott HEitland. "Like I told the kids, our goals don’t change from week to week, our expectations don’t change from week to week, but the prizes get a little bigger.
"We just want a chance to win that district title and win it outright, and that’s why this game is important."