The upset kids did it again and for the first time in school history Pella will play for a Class 3A State football championship after knocking off 10th ranked New Hampton 30-21 in the semifinals last night at the UNI Dome.
Quarterback Nate Snead passed for four touchdowns and ran for another—and the Central College football team needed them all Saturday, turning back a fierce challenge from preseason Iowa Conference favorite Wartburg College for a 41-33 victory, clinching an outright championship.
The win completes a 10-0 season for the Dutch, their 17th perfect regular season. Central is also assured of its 20th NCAA Division III playoff. Central, which has a bye week next week, completes the conference schedule with an 8-0 mark. It’s a record 30th league title for the Dutch.
Central’s Snead completed 18 of 21 passes for 202 yards without an interception. He also rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries, picking up several crucial first downs.
Wartburg outgained Central 461 yards to 419. The Dutch passed for 202 yards and ran for 217.
Wartburg made a determined effort to stop running back David Zachary in the first half and he was limited to just 16 yards on eight carries, but he finished strong, gaining 147 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts overall.
Meanwhile, Wartburg quarterback Nick Yordi kept the heat on, connecting on 28-of-38 for 334 yards and a touchdown. He threw no interceptions and was sacked just once, although he did lose the ball on an errant shotgun snap in the third quarter, stifling a Wartburg drive and setting up a Central score.
With the running game limited in the first half, the Dutch were forced to go to the air, and did so smoothly.
Central awaits word regarding its seed and opponent in the 32-team NCAA Division III playoff field which will be announced Sunday, Nov. 15. First-round games will be played Saturday, Nov. 21. Earlier in the week Central was ranked No. 4 in the West Region.
The Iowa High School Athletic Union is set to announce new football districts later this winter. Knoxville will likely have a different schedule as the Panthers will be shuffled around with everyone else in class three-A. Coach Chris Hudson says you never know where the association will send teams. There will be one and likely two or three new three-A team this season. Newton is already confirmed as a three-A.
Pella once again dug deep and made plays when it mattered most to upset 4th ranked Centerville 24-20 in the Class 3A quarterfinals last night and earned their second straight trip to the UNI Dome to play in the Class 3A Semifinals.
After two exciting road wins in the post season Pella finally comes home tonight for a re -match with 4th ranked, undefeated Centerville in the Class 3A quarterfinal round of the high school football playoffs. Centerville beat Pella 44-43 in overtime in week three of the season at Centerville, now Pella hopes to return the favor and earn a return trip to the UNI Dome in the process.
There’s more than one tool in the box for the No. 6 Central College football team.
With Loras College keying heavily on Dutch rushing leader David Zachary, Central quarterback Nate Snead accounted for four touchdowns and helped the Dutch generate 379 yards of offense in a 41-17 victory Saturday. The Dutch are 8-0 overall and 6-0 in Iowa Conference play.
Pella Christian took care of business beating Wayne last night 41-0 to end the regular season. Mount Ayr and Central Decatur also won their games forcing a three way tie for the district’s top spot, however the Eagles won the points tie breaker and were crowned Class 1A District 6 champs for the second consecutive year.