CENTRAL CITY – The McCool Junction Mustang offense scored 22 first quarter points and the defense held the Nebraska Christian Eagle offense under 200 yards in a 36-6 season opening win Friday on the road.
McCool Junction got two first quarter scores from Alex Preslicka on a 52\-yard run and a 21-yard scoring toss from quarterback Damon Kaliff, along with a 14-yard run by Auston Calvert in the first 12 minutes.
In the second quarter, Chance Chrisman, who led the ground game with 137 yards on nine carries, picked up 72 yards on a scoring run, while Preslicka and Kaliff teamed up from 37 yards out to cap the first half scoring.
Nebraska Christian’s only score came on a Stevens 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
McCool rushed for 281 yards and Kaliff was 4-6 for 80 yards and two scores.
In receiving, Preslicka caught three for 71 yards and the defense was paced by Clay Real with nine tackles, while Gabe Fisher and Calvert were both charted with seven.
“Our linemen were able to control the line of scrimmage and forced three turnovers,” commented Mustang head coach Jerad Niederklein. “Our backs ran hard averaging 10 yards per carry and our passing game was efficient. It was a good start to the season.”
The Mustangs face a tough task on Friday night, as Meridian, fresh off an upset of No. 10 Lawrence-Nelson, visits McCool.