The Pella High steam-powered locomotive was ready to roll Friday night. The Dutch literally ran over the Mount Pleasant Panthers on the road 55-20.

It marked the second win in a row to open the 2019 season for Pella over a ranked team.

The Panthers were ranked No. 9 in Class 3A by the Des Moines Register, while the Dutch entered at No. 6.

Unlike week one where the Dutch offense struggled to pile up points on the scoreboard against a solid defensive unit from Dallas Center-Grimes, Pella had plenty of answers in Mount Pleasant Friday.

The Dutch steam engine was full speed ahead as the led 34-20 at halftime and 48-20 at the end of three.

Of Pella’s eight touchdowns for the night, six came on the ground.

Pella rushed for 310 yards and passed for 272 for a net offense of 582.

The Panthers dented the Dutch defense with 351 yards total, rushing for 130 and passing for another 221.

Aaron Downs ran for 135 yards on seven carries, Nolan Clayberg totaled 111 yards on 11 attempts and Ryan Mace added 52 yards rushing.

Mace was 12-of-19 passing for 263 yards and two scores.

Logan Shetterly had 121 receiving yards on six catches with one score. Next came Grant nelson with two receptions for 75 yards.

The Panthers scored first as Jack Johnson scored from two yards out with 8:49 on the clock in the first stanza.

Pella tied the game 7-7 on a 5-yard run by Downs. Silas Vanderhoff added the PAT kick. He was 5-of-7 for the night on PAT kicks.

In the second quarter the Dutch steam engine was full speed ahead. Downs scored three touchdowns in the quarter on runs of 1, 37 and 62 yards for a 27-7 lead.

The Panthers weren’t able to roll over and give up. They scored two of the next three touchdowns in the game. Both MP scores were on touchdown passes from Brody ender to Brennan Bender for 13 yards and to Brevin Wilson for 13.

In between the two Panther touchdowns was a Dawson Lee six-yard score for the Dutch.

The halftime score stood at 34-20.

Following adjustments by the Dutch at halftime, all of the second half scoring belonged to the Dutch Express.

Mace scored from six yards out and then hit Shetterly for a 66-yard score to end the third on top 48-20.

The lone score of the fourth was a touchdown pass from Mace to Josh Warner for 27 yards.

Mount Pleasant’s Logan Bass ran for 103 yards on 14 attempts. In the air Brody Bender was 14-of-29 passing for 221 yards, two touchdowns and one pass interception.

The Pella defense forced two turnovers. Shetterly picked off a pass and River Baker recovered a Panther fumble.

Topping the Little Dutch tackle charts for the evening were Josh Warner with 6.5 tackles and Kody Huisman with five.

Next were Josh Miller with 4.5 tackles, Downs four, Clayberg and Nelson with 3.5 tackles each and Ethan Bogaards with three.

Up Next

The 2-0 Dutch will be back home Friday to face the Norwalk Warriors. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The Warriors were ranked 8th by the Register before falling to DC-G last Friday in overtime.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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