When the season started, Newell-Fonda was ranked third in the 8-man rankings. With a 6-0 record, the Mustangs are now number one in the state.
With a unblemished record, you'd be hard-pressed to find a player or coach at Newell-Fonda satisfied on the state's top ranked team.
"We never think we're good enough," said senior Jonathon Johnson. "His (Coach Wilken's) philosophy is always getting better every day."
With a dynamic rushing attack that features 12 different ball carriers who have rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, the Mustangs are averaging better than 50 points per game.
"Our running backs are going to run to daylight and once they get into space, are pretty talented," said Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken."
Defensively the Mustangs were vulnerable to the pass a year ago and it was a point of emphasis in the off season.
"We really tried to shore those weaknesses up this off season in terms of different tweaks to our defense to help those weaknesses out," added Wilken.
Defense wins championships is one of the oldest cliches in sports. And if it's true, Newell-Fonda is well on its way. With some of the tweaks to the defense in the off season, the Mustangs are giving up an average of just 10 points per game. More impressive they've forced 22 turnovers. But it's been the growth and development of the 'D' that's been most impressive.
"I was hoping we could get to this point as the season progressed," said Wilken. "There's probably no question we're farther ahead than I anticipated at this point in time."
And for a team eager to make its first state championship game, they're taking the final three weeks of the season in stride.
"We're looking at the journey instead of where we want to be," said senior Rigo Johnson. "It's going to take time to get there. We just can't get there."
Newell-Fonda is on the road Friday night at C-W-L.
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