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Natoma Ends Drought with Impressive Rout

Natoma TigersNATOMA-The Natoma Tigers went into Friday's game looking for their first victory under new head coach and 2008 graduate Cody Dunlap.

Natoma ended the suspense early with a fast start out of the gate en route to a 51-0 rout over Western Plains/Healy.

Natoma opened the scoring after forcing a three and out for the Bobcats and needed just three plays to find the endzone when Bon Pongsuwan scored from 20 yards out for a 7-0 lead after the conversion.  Two minutes later Shayne Engling scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 20-yard run and then added a 28-yarder for a score following a Western Plains/Healy turnover for a 21-0 advantage.

The lead grew to 27-0 late in the first quarter when Vaughn Stull connected with Pongsuwan for a 48-yard touchdown pass.  In the second quarter the onslaught continued when Stull ran in for a score from one-yard out.  The Tigers next two touchdowns came courtesy of the punt return with a 28-yarder from Engling and a 50-yard scamper from Pongsuwan to make the score 45-0 with 2:59 left in the second quarter.

Natoma closed out the scoring on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Stull from backup Quarterback Preston Ostmeyer.  The game ended at halftime due to the 45-point rule.

Pongsuwan finished the game with seven carries for 105 yards while Engling had three carries for 48 yards and his two rushing scores.  The Natoma Defense was solid holding the Bobcats to just one first down for the game as Western Plains/Healy saw its losing streak grow to 13 games.  

Natoma (1-3) will play its final home game of the season next Friday against Fowler. 

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