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September 1, 2012

Pella defeats Washington in dramatic fashion

Pella — A Senior Night at Pella High School that will not soon be forgotten, as the Dutch take overtime to overcome the Washington Demons 16-10 and earn their first victory of the season. 

The Dutch came into the game ranked tenth in the state. They demonstrated why, when early in the first quarter, they recovered a fumble. 

The offense was not able to take it in for the touchdown and had to settle for a Seth Johnson field goal with 7:28 left in the first. This put the Dutch up 3-0. It would not be until late in the fourth quarter when Pella would put points on the board again. 

Both teams struggled with procedural penalties on the offensive side of the ball throughout the game.

On the defensive side, the Dutch remained strong. Nathan Clayberg sacked Washington Quarterback Dayn Sebelius for an 18-yard loss that forced the Demons to punt. When the Dutch got the ball back, the Demons recovered a fumble with 1:40 left in the first. 

The first play of the Demons' new drive was a long gain that completely changed the momentum of the game. As the second quarter opened, Sebelius connected with Alan Sanchez for a 15-yard touchdown. After the extra point, the Demons had a 7-3 lead over the Dutch. 

Chris Brogden returned the ensuing kickoff to the 43, but the Dutch were unable to capitalize on the good field position. Neither team could reach the end zone again before halftime. 

The Dutch came close near the end of the second. Pella's last drive was almost ended with a punt at midfield, until the Demons were penalized for roughing the kicker. The Dutch offense took advantage of the second chance and made their way into the red zone. 

With less than a minute left in the half, Pella was threatening on the Demons' three. A bad snap sailed over Quarterback Josh DeWaard's head and was recovered by the Demons. 

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