Pella's final touchdown of the night came on a 27-yard run by Sophomore Noah Clayberg late in the third to make the score 38-0. Clayberg was the team's top rusher in the game, with 99 yards on eight attempts.
The Dutch allowed two touchdowns by Marshalltown in the fourth to make the final score 38-13.
"I'm excited for our kids," Head Coach Jay McKinstrey said after the game. The team put in a great deal of preparation for its season opener, and, given the weather conditions, that included hydration. He was very positive about the outcome of the game and the victory over the 4A school, but has concerns about some things the team will need to address.
"We had way too many penalties," McKinstrey said. He added that not all of the mistakes were made by his players, but some were also made by himself and his coaching staff.
"It'll get cleaned up," McKinstrey said.
Argo finished the game as the Dutch's top passer, with 133 yards on 15 attempts. Bortscheller finished with 112 receiving yards to lead the team.
On the defensive side, Sophomore Austin Schulte and Warner each had six total tackles. Schulte had five solo tackles and Warner had four. Junior Mason Van Gorp also had four solo tackles and the only sack for the Dutch.
Senior Punter Anthony Bentzinger had three kicks, which traveled for 100 yards. His longest was 38 yards.
Odds and ends
The high temperatures led to the cancellation of the freshman game, originally scheduled to be played before varsity. The Dutch, for most of their pregame workouts, did so without helmets and shoulder pads. Marshalltown worked out in full gear in the high temperatures and sunshine.
Friday night was also senior night for football, cross country, volleyball and cheerleading. Many in the stands also sported "Blue for Blake" shirts in honor of Blake Van Vark, who was killed in a wintertime automobile accident. Van Vark would have been a senior this year. To further honor his memory, the team will have the initials "BVV" on the back of their helmets all season, just like last year.