Caleb Morgan and Michael Mason combined for 403 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns to lead Pella Christian to a 43-20 win over the Des Moines Christian Lions last Friday night.
Pella Christian took the opening drive 51 yards and scored on a 16-yard touchdown run by Morgan, less than three minutes into the game. Mason added a 35-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to put the Eagles up 13-0.
Mason scored on a two-yard plunge at the 7:48 mark of the second quarter to extend the Eagles lead to 20-0. Four minutes later Colten Collins connected with Morgan on a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Des Moines Christian got on the board with 1:53 left in the second quarter, when they scored on a 47-yard touchdown pass. Pella Christian made good use of the two-minute drill and drove to the Lion’s six yard line. Jacob Brouwer then added a 23-yard field goal, with three seconds left in the first half. The Eagles took a 30-7 lead into the half.
Mason scored on rushing touchdowns of nine and three yards early in the third quarter as P-C opened a 43-7 lead. With the lead greater than 35 points the clock began to run continuously. The Lions added a pair of late touchdowns to make the final score look closer than the game actually was.
Pella Christian had a total of 486 rushing yards. Morgan ran for 212 yards and one touchdown. Mason had four rushing touchdowns while gaining 191 yards on the ground. Mason Howerzyl carried the ball 12 times for 46 yards. Adam Howerzyl had two totes of the pigskin for 47 yards.
Coltin Collins completed 2-7 passes for 47 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception. Morgan had a 36 yard touchdown reception. Mason caught the other pass.
M. Howerzyl led the Eagle defense with six tackles. Zack Giddings, A. Howerzyl, Riley Stursma, and Zach Van Zee each had five tackles. Van Zee also intercepted a pass. Morgan recorded four tackles. Collins, Mason, and Jeremy Visser were each in on three stops.
Pella Christian suffered a huge loss when Morgan went down with a broken ankle in the third quarter. He was scheduled to have surgery on the ankle and will be lost for the season. Morgan was the team’s leading rusher and the second leading tackler on defense.
“We will miss Caleb a ton,” commented coach Rich Kacmarynski. “We have great senior leadership and they have great respect for Caleb. We have a very focused group and we will all have to row a little harder now that Caleb is gone for the season. On the flip side we get both Derek Van Kooten and Alex Van Maanen back this week. Michael Mason is really emerging in the backfield. We also have both Adam Howerzyl and Mason Howerzyl who can run the ball. I thought we dominated Des Moines Christian in every phase of the game. We will need to throw the ball more so we have better balance on offense.”
Kacmarynski said Pella Christian will face a stern test this week. “Sigourney-Keota will provide a very formidable challenge, but we will be focused and ready.”
Pella Christian (4-0) will host non-district opponent Sigourney-Keota (2-2) on Friday night. The Eagles are ranked 10th in the Des Moines Register Class 1A rankings.