GRANBY — It’s been quite the start to McDonald County senior running back Oakley Roessler’s season in the first three weeks.
In the season opener against Marshfield, Roessler scored the Mustangs’ only points on a 80-yard touchdown run and finished with over 200 yards on the night.
In the Mustangs’ first win, Roessler rushed for over 100 yards and scored the first TD against Logan-Rogersville.
Outdoing his first two Friday nights, Roessler found the end zone five times Friday night to propel McDonald County to a 38-8 win over winless East Newton at Don Johnston Stadium.
McDonald County improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 Big 8 West, and the Mustangs look to continue their winning ways in a Week 4 showdown against Hollister, a Big 8 East opponent. Hollister stands at 1-2 overall with its only win coming against East Newton (35-0) to open the season.
East Newton, though, had a pair of firsts on Friday night, at least in the 2018 season.
Jackson Schreiber scored the Patriots’ first touchdown of the season with 11 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the second quarter. East Newton was blanked by both Hollister and Aurora.
Brett Pendergraft’s successful conversion gave the Patriots an 8-6 lead, their first lead of the season.
East Newton, 0-3 overall and 0-1, makes a trip to winless Nevada, same overall and conference records, and it’s a meeting of teams with similar results this season.
Opponents have outscored East Newton 106-8, while the first three games have produced a 135-60 disadvantage for Nevada.
Reeds Spring scored five touchdowns in the third quarter against Nevada, while Mount Vernon blanked Nevada in the second half and then Seneca scored 28 points in the second quarter Friday against the Tigers.
Can the Patriots take advantage of a Nevada team surrendering 45 points per game?
The Patriots remain looking for second-year head coach Broc Wolfe’s first win, and vie to end a 15-game losing streak.