Williamsburg — The Pella Dutch finished their football season at 7-4 after losing in the second round of the playoffs in Williamsburg.
The Williamsburg Raiders doubled up the Dutch with a final score of 54-27. The Raiders got on the board on their opening drive after Bryan MacDonald took the ball downfield 34 yards after a couple quick plays. After missing the extra point, the Raiders were up 6-0.
Williamsburg showed its defensive prowess throughout the night and held the Dutch scoreless in the first quarter. They were ahead 20-0 before Josh DeWaard was able to connect with Nathan Clayburg with a little less than 10 minutes left in the half.
The Raiders immediately answered with another touchdown pass of their own. Throughout the game, the Dutch struggled with penalties and some bad snaps against a Williamsburg team that made few mistakes.
By the end of the first half, Williamsburg was up 40-7.
On the first play of the third quarter, a Dutch fumble was recovered by the Raiders and ran in for a touchdown. With the score 47-7, the continuous clock came into effect. The Dutch fumbled on the ensuing kickoff return, putting the Raiders up 54-7.
Though facing what would prove to be an insurmountable lead, the Dutch continued to fight. A good drive late in the third was capped by a six-yard touchdown by Lukas Steenhoek.
In the fourth quarter, with 8:39 left in the game, Chris Brogden ran across the goal line for another Pella touchdown. The point after was blocked, making the score 54-20. With that score, the continuos clock ended.
A few minutes later, with 5:25 left in the game, DeWaard connected with Jacob Vollmar for a great 57-yard touchdown. (Video of this touchdown accompanies this article.)
Williamsburg, on its final possession, encompassing the last two minutes, knelt on every play. The final score of 54-27 gave them the District 8 football championship, with the Dutch taking second.