The Pella Dutch football team avenged its only loss this season, beating Dallas Center-Grimes 35-18 in the 3-A quarterfinal round of the playoffs this past Friday. After a rocky start in the first half, Pella took control after the break, scoring 14 points in just 70 seconds. After being held to just 14 rushing yards on 25 carries in the first meeting between the two teams, the Little Dutch ran for 203 yards in Friday’s victory. Quarterback Ryan Gustafson only completed 3-of-7 passes, and threw two picks, but had 124 yards and the two touchdowns to receiver Avery Van Zee. Fifth-ranked Pella improves to 10-1 on the season, and plays #6 Harlan this Thursday night at 5:36 in the class 3A semifinals at the UNI-Dome.
The Pella Christian Eagles football team continued their undefeated season on Friday, and in so doing punched their very first ticket to the UNI Dome, defeating Pleasantville 44-6 in their Class 1A quarterfinal game. The Eagles dominated from the first snap, scoring on their opening drive in just 67 seconds. Hayden Vroom finished with three rushing touchdowns and a passing score, while Moises Carballo had two sacks and a punt block. The undefeated Eagles head to Cedar Falls next Saturday to take on Iowa City Regina at 10 a.m., a rematch of the 2016 1A quarterfinals.
Some South Central Iowa high school students made a splash this past weekend at the state swim meet in Marshalltown – Pella’s Lindsey Blommers, swimming for Newton, placed tenth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.45. Knoxville’s Taylor Purvis, along with fellow Panther Kinsli Cram, helped Indianola to a 24th place finish in the 200 medley relay; Purvis also finished 21st in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:01.06.