The non-district portion of the high school football season is an ideal time for teams to implement offensive and defensive schemes, firm up lineups and do a little on-field learning; and if all goes well – win some games in the process. The Pella High football team has had an opportunity to face an elite-level quarterback in their Week One loss to Marshalltown and learned how to close out a tight game in last week’s 16-10 overtime win over Washington, and now are looking to add one final victory to the non-district schedule.
It certainly won’t be an easy task, though, as the Little Dutch will be facing one of Class 3A’s top teams Friday night – Grinnell. In an interview featured on Wednesday night’s Marion County PM Sports Page, Pella High senior Kenny DuPre said the team is taking the combined knowledge from their previous two games and looking to make some specific improvements to put themselves in position to beat the Tigers.
“I think we’re going to have to eliminate a lot of mistakes we’ve had the past two games. We have an advantage that we saw Marshalltown – a team that runs a lot of similar formations [as Grinnell] and they do a lot of similar things. Both teams have a good quarterback,” said DuPre. “We know what we have to do. It’s just a matter of going out and doing them. We’re going to play in a little different atmosphere at Grinnell; they’re going to have a great home crowd. We just have to play a clean game – without mistakes – and we have to be physical.”
Grinnell is 2-0, following a quality win over Williamsburg in Week One, and a 50-7 thumping of Oskaloosa this past Friday night. The Little Dutch are 1-1 overall, with this week’s contest technically serving as their District 8 “Bye” week – allowing them to get in a third non-district contest to open the 2012 slate. Friday night’s game in Grinnell will be broadcast on 92.1 fm KRLS.