Pella — The Pella Christian Eagles suffered what could have been their toughest loss of the season Friday night, when the Ogden Bulldogs scored a touchdown with 26 seconds left in the game to leave Eagle Field with a 14-13 victory.
The Eagles had not been behind at any point in the game prior to then. Both defenses excelled in the first quarter to leave double zeroes on the scoreboard to begin the second.
Senior Zach Van Zee set the tone for the Eagles' defense on Ogden's first offensive drive. Van Zee nailed Bulldog quarterback Caleb Fry with a sack for a loss. By the end of the game, Van Zee racked up three tackles for loss and 13 overall. Nine of his tackles were unassisted.
Pella Christian's initial offensive drive ended when the team went for it on fourth and one inside the Bulldog 35-yard line. The Eagles were stopped short and turned the ball over on downs. The same thing happened on the Eagles' second drive on a fourth and three.
As the second quarter was drawing to a close, with 1:19 left in the half, Senior Mason Howerzyl reached the end zone from 13 yards out to put six on the board. The point after attempt failed, leaving the score at 6-0.
On the ensuing possession, the Bulldogs were able to reach the red zone after a huge passing gain. The Eagles' defense was called to stop Ogden's attempts to reach pay dirt with 21 seconds left in the half.
Ogden was able to chew the first and goal they faced down to a second and seven with 15 seconds left. Fry was able to make headway before running out of bounds at the five with nine seconds left. Another rushing attempt by Ogden was stifled by a stubborn PC defense, setting up a fourth and two with three seconds left. On the last attempt, the last play of the first half, the Eagles successfully kept the Bulldogs from crossing the line. A roar came up from the field and the Pella Christian faithful as the Eagles went in to intermission with a 6-0 lead.