It’s an annual tradition, but the departure of a senior class from the Pella High football program always seems to deliver a staggering blow. Nineteen members of the Class of 2012 were on the Varsity roster for the Little Dutch, many of which filled key roles in offense, defense and special teams.
Pella head football coach Jay McKinstrey says this season’s senior leaders had a much different personality than last year’s class, adding that their work ethic and individual skill sets should set them up to be a part of great things well after high school.
“They’re very business-like, but they’re great young men. We had great senior leaders. We had young men of great character that really took their role seriously, as far as wanting to do things well and do it the right way; and for the right reasons,” said McKinstrey.
“They’re just a great group of kids that I know are on the right path, as far as being great contributors into our society and that want to make a difference in other people’s lives in a positive way. They’ll be missed.”
Among the notable departures from this year’s Pella football team are all but one starting lineman, all three starting running backs and the team’s top seven pass-catchers; along with two of three starting defensive linemen, three of five linebackers, and the entire defensive secondary.
The Little Dutch went 10-2 this fall, claiming an outright District title and reaching the Class 3A State Quarterfinals.