DES MOINES - The Colo-NESCO football team wrapped up its regular season with a 58-31 triumph over Grandview Park Baptist in Friday's 8-man District 6 showdown.
The Royals (6-3, 5-2) outscored their hosts 38-0 in the second half to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit and lock up the third position in the district. Colo-NESCO is headed to the playoffs for the third time in five seasons, with this being the program's first year in 8-man football.
C-N quarterback Brandyn Niemeyer scored two of his four rushing touchdowns in the third quarter alone, when the Royals racked up 28 points to go in front 48-31. He had a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown as well, and then ended the game's scoring late in the fourth with a safety.
Niemeyer toted the pigskin 48 times for 332 yards. Adam Lytle added 20 carries for 119 yards and three touchdowns.
Lytle led the defense with 12 tackles and Niemeyer had 11. Tyler Erickson recovered a fumble and had six tackles.
The Royals' next game will be in the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 24, when they go to Melcher-Dallas in a rematch of the season opener won 46-30 by the Saints.
AGWSR 46, Lake Mills 7
ACKLEY - Nick Pieters rushed for a season-high 230 yards and three touchdowns as AGWSR remained in fourth place in the Class A District 2 standings with a 46-7 rout of Lake Mills.
The Cougars limited Lake Mills (3-5, 2-4) to 261 yards of offense in handing the Bulldogs their third straight loss. AGWSR (6-3, 3-3) never attempted a pass, rushing 41 times for 321 yards and all six scores.
Clay Meinders led the defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
North Tama 33, Grundy Center 0
TRAER - Sixth-ranked North Tama (7-1, 5-0) guaranteed itself a first-round home playoff game with Friday's 33-0 victory over Grundy Center (3-5, 3-3) in Class A District 4 play.
Jacob Wrage finished 14-for-20 passing for 241 yards with two TDs, connecting with Mitchell Boerm for a 65-yard strike and Dalton Hulme for a 39-yard score.
Hulme also rushed for two TDs and Brent Billerbeck had a 44-yard dash.
Boerm finished with four receptions for 92 yards. Nolan Hefty led the Redhawks with 19 tackles.
The game was the regular season finale for Grundy Center.