Pella’s defense set the tone early and the offense followed in suit as the Little Dutch dominated their way to a 53-0 win at Centerville Friday night. After stopping Centerville on three quick plays to start the game, Pella’s ground attack marched down the field setting up a Grant Gustaffson one-yard touchdown run to put Pella ahead 7-0 just a few minutes into the game.
Pella added three more scores in the second quarter – including two touchdown runs from Sam Davis – and a 20-yard pass from Josh De Waard to tight end Jake Wassenaar. That put the Little Dutch ahead 27-0 but they weren’t done yet, as De Waard added a 30-yard run and Gustaffson scored his second touchdown on a three-yard run in the third quarter; forcing a running clock for the remainder of the game.
In the fourth quarter Chris Brogden found the end zone on a 34-yard run and late in the game Josh Hileman scored on a one-yard run. The Pella defense racked-up double-digit sacks and held Centerville to -17 yards in total offense; while Pella put up 446 yards, led by 103 yards on the ground by Brogden.
De Waard completed six-of-nine passes for 86 yards and Jace Versteeg caught four passes for 62 yards. Pella coach Jay Mckinstrey said he was pleased with the effort and intensity his team played with all night, avoiding any letdown after last week’s emotional homecoming win.
Pella improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Class 3A District 7 and will host Mount Pleasant next Friday night.