Mustangs upend Cardinals in homecoming victory

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Sam Martin/DCN Blake Borchers breaks up a pass intended for Newton's Deonne Harris.
Nate Osborn breaks outside during the second half.

Andrew Kramer accounted for five touchdowns in two quarters, and the Dallas Center-Grimes defense recorded its third shutout of the season in a 42-0 homecoming win over Newton on Oct. 4.

Kramer threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more in a little more than two quarters, and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to AustinWinter in the first quarter.

The Mustangs rolled up four touchdowns in the second quarter. Kramer ran for touchdowns of 30 and 20 yards, threw a 28-yard touchdown to Doug Heritage and a 9-yard touchdown to Keaton Means.

“The second quarter has been good to us this year as far as scoring goes,” coach Scott Heitland said. “It’s like we need a series or two to get a feel for who we’re out there against. We’ve made great adjustments throughout the first quarter to allow that to happen.”

Chaz Chambers broke loose for a 30-yard touchdown scamper at the start of the second half to account for the team’s final touchdown.

Kramer finished 7-of-12 passing for 99 yards and added 92 rushing yards on just six carries. Chambers ran for 120 yards and Heritage, Means and Dakota Clausen all caught two passes.

The Mustang defense recorded its third shutout in the last four games, holding Newton to just 123 total yards while forcing four turnovers. Jack Kelly had an interception and fumble recovery, Jack Jorgensen added a pick and Eddie Roberts a fumble recovery.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our defense,” Heitland said. “The last four games, we’ve given up two touchdowns. You’ve seen that group grow over the course of the year and I couldn’t be happier.”

DC-G improved to 5-1 overall, and is still undefeated in Class 3A District 4 play with a 3-0 mark. A key component to the team’s success this season has been its special teams, headed up by senior kicker and punter Michael Lortz.

Lortz has given the Mustangs a leg up in field-position battles. He leads Class 3A with 16 touchbacks and averages better than 35 yards per punt.

“When our opponent starts at its own 20 and we turn it over to the defense, our starting position usually ends up pretty good,” Heitland said. “He has quietly gone about and had an outstanding season.”

Lortz also has converted 23 of 24 extra-point attempts, and has kicked a pair of field goals, including a 41-yarder against South Tama.

“The special teams are a big part of why our offense and defense have played well so far,” Heitland said.

The Mustangs play host to Saydel on Friday, leaving the two biggest games of the season for the final two weeks: an Oct. 18 trip to face Ballard, and an Oct. 25 finale against undefeated Boone.

“We need to be proud of what we’ve done, but we’ve got big football games left to play,” Heitland said. “We’ve been stressing to our kids to take it one game at a time. We need to be 1-0 this Friday. We can’t be 3-0 in one week.”

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