An early deficit and several big plays by the defending Midwest Football Alliance champions were too much for the Pella Knights to contend with, as they fell 45-10 to the Des Moines Blaze on Saturday. The Knights were quickly down 14-0, and though they battled back to 14-10 at one point, the Blaze quickly regained the upper hand with a kickoff return and a touchdown pass to stay ahead for good.
Pella’s offense struggled to get rolling, as they were outgained 327-84 by Des Moines. Quarterback Jarred Lackey accounted for the only score for the Knights, pushing his way across the goal line on a two-yard run. He also went 5-for-12 through the air for 50 yards. Kicker Jordan Krulik took care of the rest of the points with a 42-yard field goal and an extra point. On defense, Scott Bell and Brandon Millbrooks each had five tackles. The Pella Knights are now 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the MFA East.