By Perry Bell
Pella Christian secured a spot in the playoffs by topping Colfax-Mingo 58-20 last Friday night in Colfax.
The Eagles improved to 3-2 in Class 1A District 7 and to 6-2 overall with the victory. The Tiger-Hawks slipped to 0-6 in the distict and 2-7 overall.
The Eagles led 25-7 at the half and sealed the win with a 21-0 burst in the fourth quarter.
Blake Riggen opened the scoring for PC with a 25-yard interception return to score one for the defensive unit.
The score came 48 seconds into the contest.
Jeremy Visser pounced on a C-M fumble and scored on an 11-yard jaunt into the end zone for a 13-0 PC lead as Jacob Brouwer missed the kick. For the night he was 4-of-5 on PAT kicks.
Coltin Collins put the PC offense on the board for the first time with 8:17 left on the clock in the second quarter. Collins hit Riggen with a short 4-yard touchdown strike For a 19-0 lead.
The Tiger-Hawks found the end zone with 6:27 left in the half when quarterback Jared Myers scored on a 4-yard run.
Collins connected with Riggen again for a 15-yard touchdown pass to put the halftime score at 25-7.
Each team scored twice in the third quarter. The PC touchdowns came on a 17-yard run by Derek Van Kooten and on a 11-yard run by Mason Howerzyl.
C-M scored on a fumble that was forced and recovered by Chad McClain and on a 10-yard touchdown run by Jaden Van Dyke.
The teams entered the fourth quarter with the Eagles on top 37-20.
That’s when the Eagles really set sail as Van Kooten added his third score of the evening on a 7-yard run. Collins then hit Riggen with a 28-yard touchdown pass.
The final touchdown by PC came on a 35-yard interception return by Coltin Collins with 7:55 left in the game.
The most telling statistic was C-M turning the ball over seven times, six with pass interceptions. PC coughed up the ball once on a fumble.
PC had 439 yards of total offense in the game with 229 on the ground and 210 in the air.
The Tiger-Hawks finished with 20 yards rushing and 130 passing for 150 net yards of offense.
Mason Howerzyl ran for 134 yards for PC on 22 attempts and Van Kooten netted 108 yards on 16 carries.
Collins was 9-of-15 passing for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
Top PC receivers were Riggen with four catches for 50 yards and three scores aond Van Kooten with three receptions for 133 yards.
Defense was the name of the game Friday for PC as they had six pass interceptions, three by Blake Riggen and one each from Mason Howerzyl, Zach Van Zee and Coltin Collins.
Leading the PC defense on the tackle charts were Mason Howerzyl with 10, Zac Van Zee six, Zach Rozendaal and Blake Riggen each had five, Riley Stursma, Zach Arkema and Alex Van Maanen each added four tackles.
The Eagles travel to Mount Ayr Friday to face the Raiders at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Ayr enters the game unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the district. Mount Ayr is ranked No. 3 in the Des Moines Register poll.