The Pella Christian Eagles went down to the wire with Van Meter before falling 14-13 to the Bulldogs.
Van Meter entered the game unbeaten and ranked No. 6 in Class 1A.
Following a strong defensive stand to start the game, the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs inside the PC 20.
The Eagles calmly went down field to score on a drive of 84 yards on 14 plays,
Mason Howerzyl plowed into the Van Meter end zone for a quick 7-0 advantage following the PAT kick by Jacob Brouwer late in the first quarter.
It didn’t take the Bulldogs long to answer as they marched 61 yards on 10 plays to tie the game with 8:33 left in the half. The touchdown was a 14-yard strike from Brandon Brittain to Logan Crawford.
The score remained tied at the intermission break,
In the third the blue and while clad Bulldogs took control with a very impressive 99-yard drive on 13 plays.
The drive ate up 5:40 of the third quarter. The Bulldog score was a one-yard plunge to pay dirt by Brittain to put Van Meter on top 14-7.
The two defenses then took control of the game.
The Eagles flew down the field 70 yards in just three plays, scoring on a 59-yard touchdown strike from Coltin Collins to Jake DeRuiter.
The score came with 1:41 left to be played. It brought Coach Rich Kacmarynski’s team to within a point of the No. 6 Bulldogs, 14-13.
The Eagle coached elected to go for two and a chance to get the win in regulation.
A run for the two-point conversion was stopped just short of the gaol line with Mason Howerzyl carrying the pigskin.
Pella Christian slips to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in Class 1A District 7 play.
The Van Meter Bulldogs moved to 5-0 in the district and 7-0 overall with the victory.
Van Meter rushed for 281 yards and passes for 57 for a total net offense of 338 yards.
For Pella Christian’s defense it was bend but do not break. The magic worked right up until the end of the game. PC got exactly what they were looking for, a chance to win at the end.
The Eagles amassed 123 yards on the ground and 81 in the air for 204 yards of total offense.
Mason Howerzyl ran for 93 yards on 22 attempts and Levi Jungling added 22 yards on five attempts for PC.
The Bulldogs had Cody Blackwell racking for 152 yards on 27 attempts and Brandon Brittain adding 134 yards on 22 carries.
Coltin Collins was 4-of-8 passing with one interception and one touchdown for 71 yards.
Jake De Ruiter was the top receiver for PC with three catches for 71 yards. Jungling caught one pass for 10 yards.
Defensive tackle leaders for PC were Andrew Vander Hart with 13 stops, Zach Van Zee 121, Zach Rosendaal 11, Jungling eight, Tyler De Bruin eight, David Kacmarynski with seven and Mason Howerzyl with six. Zach Arkema was in on five tackles for the Eagles.
The Eagles are slated to host the Colfax-Mingo Tiger-Hawks Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Colfax-Mingo is 2-5 overall, but they have dropped their last five contests.