On Senior Night for Van Meter, the Bulldogs hosted the Clarinda Cardinals for the first time in the series between the two schools. The Bulldogs imposed their will from the opening kickoff as they would score 42 points in the first half of the game on their way to finishing another regular season with a 9-0 record and the Class 1A District 8 Championship.
After both teams exchanged punts on their first possessions, the Bulldogs started their second offensive possession on Clarinda’s 40 yard line. On 4th down, Anthony Potthoff would find Chris Schreck over the middle for a 27 yard touchdown pass and catch. Zach Madden, who would be a perfect 7-7 on PATs for the game, would add the extra point and the Bulldogs would establish an early 7-0 lead. Clarinda would be intercepted by Tyler Haynes on their next possession and Van Meter would again be set up with great field position. Five plays later, Dalten Van Pelt would score on a 1 yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.
On the Cardinals next possession, their quarterback would have trouble controlling the snap and, as he was being tackled by Brett Berg, would fumble the ball which would be recovered by Bryce Cole on the Clarinda 28 yard line. Potthoff would find Blade Koons on a 28 yard touchdown pass only 6 seconds into the 2nd quarter to extend the lead to 21-0. This would start an offensive outburst that would see the Bulldogs score 28 points in this quarter.
The Bulldog defense would again come up with a big play for a third consecutive Clarinda possession as Koons would intercept a deflected pass and return it to the Cardinal 24 yard line. Potthoff would hit Van Pelt with a pass this time and 26 yards later he would have his second touchdown of the game to make it 28-0. It didn’t take long for Dalten Van Pelt to find the end zone for a third time as he would score from 2 yards out on the Bulldogs next possession for a 35-0 lead. For the final drive of the 1st half, Van Meter would take over with 1:45 left and proceed to execute a 9 play, 71 yard drive to score on a 1 yard pass from Potthoff to Zach Madden with 7 seconds left on the clock for a 42-0 halftime lead.
In the 3rd quarter, Van Meter would add its final score of the game on a 13 yard pass from Ganon Archer to Isaac Roeder. Clarinda would add their only score of the game in the 4th quarter to make the final score 49-7.
For the game, Van Meter’s offense would roll up 322 yards of total offense on 57 plays with 19 first downs. The Bulldogs would also dominate time of possession as they would have the ball for 29:10 compared to only 18:50 for Clarinda. Anthony Potthoff would complete 11 of 13 passes on the night for 177 yards and 4 TDs.
The Van Meter defense would shine on Senior Night as well. The Bulldog D would limit the Cardinals to only 2 first downs for the entire game and only 95 total yards, with 63 yards being on one play for the Cardinals. Van Meter did not allow Clarinda past their own 35 yard line until the 4th quarter. Finally, Van Meter would force 4 Clarinda turnovers with Gabe Kuehler adding a late fumble recovery for the Bulldogs.
Van Meter’s defensive leaders for the game included:
Parker Fryar – 3 Solo Tackles, 2 Asst Tackles
Korbin Barck – 3 Solo Tackles, 2 Asst Tackles
Bryce Cole – 2 Solo Tackles, 3 Asst Tackles (Including 1 Solo Sack) & 1 Fumble Recovery
Hunter Coyle – 2 Solo Tackles (Including 2 Solo TFLs)
Tyler Haynes – 1 Solo Tackle, 1 Asst Tackle & 1 Interception
Casey Trudo – 1 Solo Tackle, 4 Asst Tackles (Including 1 Solo Sack & 1 Asst TFL)
Blade Koons – 1 Interception
Van Meter will be back in action this Friday, November 1st in the 1st Round of the IHSAA Playoffs as they will take on the Pella Christian Eagles in Van Meter at 7:00 PM!
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Photo Credits: Christy Culbertson Ferrara-Vesey (w/C Varsity Photos)