A game that many expected to be very close proved to be just that last night in Pella, as North Polk used a late, fourth quarter drive to end the winningest football season in Pella Christian school history. After staying neck-and-neck for much of the contest, the Comets were able to find the right combination of successful plays, and some help from penalties to put together a drive that gave them a 21-14 win in the final seconds of the game.
Pella Christian tallied 294 yards of total offense on 59 plays – with 205 of those yards coming from the passing game. North Polk, meanwhile, was just the opposite. After rushing for 93 yards in the first half, the Comets exploded in the final two quarters for a total of 279 yards on the ground – complimented by another 74 yards through the air.
Bret Nieuwsma finished the night with 18 carries for 72 tough yards for Pella Christian, while receivers Trey Hugen and Will Vande Voort had 86 and 80 yards receiving, respectively. North Polk’s Noah Pickard was the game’s most outstanding player, as he rushed for 178 yards on 25 carries and recorded 7 tackles on defense. Pella Christian’s defense was led by Nieuwsma’s 16 tackles, while teammate Kyle De Ronde added 13 stops.
The second-round loss ends Pella Christian’s season with an overall record of 9-2. North Polk advances to play West Marshall on Monday.