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September 1, 2012

Pella defeats Washington in dramatic fashion

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Defense was the name of the third quarter for both teams. The Demons were able to drive down to the Dutch five, but failed to cross the goal line. They had to settle for a field goal, which increased their lead to 10-3. 

The Pella crowd and sideline were quiet for much of the fourth, as things did not look good for the Dutch. At 7:16, a Pella player got sick on the field and the officials called a special water break. The entire evening was warm and humid. 

When play resumed, Washington was about to punt. This time, the Demons struggled with a snap, and the Dutch recovered. 

Rehydrated and excited, the Dutch were able to tie the game with 6:56 left in the game when DeWaard connected with Bryce Bortscheller. 

Washington refused to quit and marched the ball all the way down the field. At this point in the game, the uniforms of the Dutch defense had grown dark green from the sweat and effort they had been putting in all night. Washington could not cross the goal line. They had to settle for another field goal attempt with under 10 seconds left in the game. The kick was no good and the game went into overtime. 

The Dutch won the coin toss and chose to defend. Sebelius snuck into the corner of the end zone to get what may have been the winning touchdown. However, the Demons were called for a penalty and nullified the touchdown. A second field goal attempt also failed. 

On the second play in overtime for the Dutch defense, DeWaard connected with Brogden. Brogden stayed on his feet as he was pushed by several of his teammates across the goal line to win the game with a final score of 16-10. 

"It felt amazing," Brogden said after the game. "Our whole team and our whole line pushed me through. If it wasn't for them, it wouldn't have happened." 

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