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Football: Rensselaer blitzes North Newton after scoreless first

Updated: November 21, 2012 6:14AM



MOROCCO — North Newton and Rensselaer entered the postseason with identical records.

After a few early game miscues, the Bombers showed there weren’t many other similarities between the Class 2A Sectional 25 rivals, pulling away after a scoreless first quarter to win 40-13.

North Newton (4-6) opened the game with an 11-play drive that only reached just past midfield, but ate up seven-plus minutes off the clock. The Spartans were looking to slow Rensselaer’s offense, which scored 56 points against North Newton earlier this season.

“Our goal was to take the air out of the ball,” North Newton coach Patrick Brown said. “We wanted to have 3 yards and a cloud of dust … we thought they can’t score if they don’t have the football. I told the referees if I snap it with any more than 10 seconds on the (play) clock then I want you to flag me for excessive stupidness.”

Rensselaer (5-5) fumbled at its own 8-yard line on its first possession and threw four straight incomplete passes on its second drive.

Then the Bombers’ offense started to click behind the passing of quarterback Hunter Hickman, who threw for four touchdown passes.

Wide receiver Braden Mattocks made a one-handed, sliding 33-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter to put the Bombers ahead 6-0, the first of two touchdowns on the night for Mattocks. Hickman connected with Ryan Lattimore for a 70-yard touchdown score to put Rensselaer ahead 20-0 at halftime.

Schultz finished with 177 yards on 38 carries, and would have had more if not for a 35-yard loss when he was forced to chase down a bad snap on a punt.

Hickman finished 5 of 11 passing for 149 yards, while Isom gained 82 yards on 13 carries. Lattimore also had an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second half.



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