Risio capped Newburgh's next offensive series with a 1-yard touchdown plunge early in the second quarter to put the Goldbacks ahead 13-0. Newburgh kept Shen at bay the rest of the first half, and kicker Jeremy Stinson added a 40-yard field goal before halftime to make the score 16-0.
Stinson's kicking foot was also partially responsible for Shen's first half woes. The senior had three punts that pinned the Plainsmen deep in their own territory, and he added a pair of kickoffs that sailed through the end zone for touchbacks.
Shen's defense did a good job stopping Newburgh in the second half, but its offense didn't click until late in the third quarter when it drove into Goldbacks' territory for the first time. The series carried into the early stages of the fourth quarter when Van Galen connected with Brandon Miller on a 28-yard touchdown pass. The Plainsmen missed on a two-point conversion, though, which left them with a 10-point deficit that became Newburgh's winning margin.
Steuerwald said that he appreciated the effort his players gave against a Newburgh defense that had allowed less than 60 points over its first nine games.
"I'm very pleased with the way the kids played," said Steuerwald.