The Panther drive reached the Dutch 15, before a chop block moved the Panthers back to the 33. A fourth down pass failed.
The Dutch took over on their own 32 and a drive of 5:03 that went 68 yards ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Nathan Henry with 4:55 left in the half for a 16-0 Pella lead.
Pella tacked on one more later score in the first half as quarterback Noah Clayberg hit Bryce Bortscheller on a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 23-0 lead at the intermission.
Noah Clayberg picked off a Panther pass to end the first half.
Scoring slowed in the second half.
A 25-yard field goal attempt by the Dutch was blocked by the Panthers early in the third quarter.
With 3:09 left in the third the Dutch were on the board again as Lukas Steenhoek capped a 75-yard Pella drive with a one-yard dive into the end zone for a 30-0 lead.
Pella’s Greg Frommelt picked off a Panther pass that set u the final score of the night a 28-yard field goal by Seth Johnson with 1:19 left in the third for a 33-0 score.
Early in the fourth quarter Pella’s Lukas Steenhoek picked off a Knoxville pass to stall the Panthers.
Knoxville returned the favor with a defensive pass interception of their own by Skyler Cunningham.
Luke Bachman led the KHS defense with 10 tackles and Jac Agan was in on nine stops.
Brandon Iddings had seven tackles for the Panthers and Justin Lenger six.
Pella Coach Jay McKinstrey replied, “After a tough game last week against Grinnell, I’m glad to see you come out and play hard tonight.”
McKinstrey added, “We played a decent football team tonight. Knoxville hit hard and came ready to play.”
Pella senior all-state linebacker Nathan Clayberg stated,”There is always room for improvement. We have a lot of talented players on this team, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”