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Pella Pulls Away Late to Win District Opener

Posted: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 5:58 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Trevor Castle

Pella turned a two point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter into a 34-12 win over Bondurant-Farrar last night in a game heard live on

The Little Dutch led 7-0 at halftime on an Avery Van Zee one-yard second quarter touchdown run, then held a slim 14-12 advantage after the third when the Blue Jays sandwiched a pair of scores around Reece Schnell’s 16-yard run.

Kaden Miedema booted two field goals in the final frame, and both Aaron Downs (29-yard reception) and Gabe Thomas (22-yard run) found the end zone late to provide the final margin.

The Little Dutch defense had a big goal line stand in the third quarter, keeping the Blue Jays out from the one yard line, and they also thwarted two-point attempts after both Bondurant-Farrar touchdowns. Coach Jay McKinstrey says those were huge plays in the game.

“Keeping them off the two point, where we’re playing ahead 7-6 is a huge difference rather than playing behind 8-7. Just one play can make such a big difference because it’s better to play from ahead. Then when they scored on the 81-yard pass to make it 14-12, we kept ‘em out again. At least we were playing with the lead most of the time and I think that was really important for us tonight.”

Offensively, the Little Dutch racked up 401 yards, including 96 rushing by Van Zee and 94 receiving by Curtis Ware.

They’re 2-1 on the season, and start district play 1-0. Up next is a trip to Carlisle next Friday night.