In a workman-like effort, the 5th-ranked Newell Fonda football team defeated #6 Harris Lake Park 20-7 on Senior Night in Newell, thus qualifying for the playoffs for the 8th straight time.
The Mustangs scored on their first two drives, as the opening possession of the game went 58 yards in 11 plays in 3:36. Jesse Haack’s one-yard touchdown run, followed by an R.J. Rojas point-after made it 7-0.
After forcing a punt, Newell Fonda picked up where they left off, traveling 57 yards in nine plays in 3:40, as Haack found the end-zone again, this one from two yards out, making it 14-0, which would be the score at halftime. Rojas, and also Bryce Coppock had 1st half interceptions.
Newell Fonda’s defense forced a three-and-out to open the 2nd half, and then the offense proceeded to go 61 yards in 11 plays which covered 4:47. Coppock’s eight-yard run pushed the lead to 20-0.
The Wolves got on the board on the ensuing drive, as a 41 yard drive culminated in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Gunderson to Dalton Nicks to bring the score to 20-7 with just over a minute remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Wolves last two drives however resulted in turnovers on downs.
Haack was named the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda Player of the Game, gaining 102 yards on 25 carries. Austin Gerdes added 82 yards on nine rushes. The Mustangs had 254 yards unofficially, all on the ground.
Harris Lake Park was limited to only 60 yards of offense for the game. They had -6 rushing yards on 28 attempts, and only six 1st downs for the game.
There were a combined 17 penalties on the night for 155 yards.
HLP falls to 2-2 in Eight-Player District 1, and 4-2 overall.
Newell Fonda improves to 4-1 in the district, and 6-1 overall. The Mustangs will play at West Bend Mallard next Friday.