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November 16, 2009

Dutch grab a trip back to the Dome by stopping Centerville 24-20

For the second time this year, Tanner Susin proved to be a load to bring to the ground.

But unlike the first time Pella and Centerville met on the gridiron, the outcome was different last Friday evening in Pella.

The Dutch hosted the Centerville Big Red in Class 3A Quarterfinal round play before a crowd estimated at around 4,000. The fans got their money’s worth as Pella prevailed 24-20.

Susin, who is listed at 6’0” 221, runs like a bulldozer, plowing a path and tough to stop.

The big guy totaled 277 yards rushing on 38 carries against the Dutch and scored three touchdowns. It still wasn’t enough for the Big Red to top Pella.

Susin opened the scoring by bolting for a 43-yard touchdown run off tackle straight into the end zone. The PAT kick by Thaler Carter was good giving Centerville a 7-0 lead with 8-minutes left in the first quarter.

It was three and out for the Dutch on their first series. Blaine Forsythe punted and kicked a 60-yard punt into the end zone.

On Pella’s next posession the Dutch managed to collect a 37-yard field goal by Forsythe to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 1:44 left in the first quarter.

The big play in the first Pella scoring drive was a 21-yard touchdown strike from Forsythe to Ryan Lanke.

Pella managed just three first downs in the opening half of play.

The Dutch still managed a first half lead as Spencer Boeyink made a big play for the defense. He picked off a pass and returned it 27-yards for a score with 3:26 left in the half for a 10-7 advantage.

Roughly 2:30 minutes later and Centerville was back on top as Susin bolted 25 yards to pay dirt, again off left tackle for a 13-10 advantage with :57 left in the half.

The PAT kick by Carter missed the target and the half ended with Centerville protecting a slim 13-10 lead.

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