Taking advantage of great field position on a pair of early turnovers by Oskaloosa, the Pella High football team jumped out to an early lead and stayed ahead of the Indians on their way to an impressive 31-14 Homecoming victory on Friday night in a game heard live on 92.1 fm KRLS.
Pinned within their own 5-yard line by a deep kickoff, Oskaloosa fumbled on the opening play of the game, turning the ball over to the Little Dutch, who scored on a three-yard run by Sam Davis one play later. On the ensuing kickoff, Oskaloosa fumbled yet again, this time on their own 13, and in two more play, Nathan Clayberg was in the end zone again to give Pella a 14-0 advantage in a matter of minutes.
Things would calm down from there, until Oskaloosa took advantage of a Pella fumble and scored early in the second quarter to cut the deficit in half. However, a 42-yard field goal by Kenny Dupre just before the half gave the Little Dutch some momentum headed into the locker room.
That little boost turned into a surging tidal wave on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Chris Brogden streaked down the sideline for a 93-yard touchdown; giving Pella a 24-7 lead. The Little Dutch added one more big play to the board, as Sam Davis ripped through the Oskaloosa defense for a 62-yard touchdown run for his second score of the night. Oskaloosa would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but by then their fate had been sealed.
Davis led Pella’s ground attack with 92 yards on just 9 carries, as the Little Dutch put up 212 yards rushing and 254 total yards of offense. Oskaloosa was very comparable, statistically, with 220 yards of offense, but three turnovers ultimately sank the Indians.
Pella’s victory puts the Little Dutch at 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in District 7 play, with a trip to Centerville up next on the schedule.