Offense, defense and special teams were all at the top of their game Friday evening as the Eagles picked up win number one for the 2019 campaign.

Pella Christian won its Class 1A District 7 opener against Woodward Academy 59-16 in Woodward.

Dan Jungling and David Willis each tallied three touchdowns for PC.

Luke Mulder blocked a punt by the Knights and he also recovered it for an Eagle touchdown.

The other scores during the night for PC were by Cody Boender and Bennett Spronk.

Jungling opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run capping a 5-play drive of 40 yards. Jack Fancer kicked the first of his four PAT kicks through the uprights. Ty Hugen ended the evening with two PAT kicks as well.

Cody Boender had the next Eagle score on a 14-yard dash to pay dirt.

The final score of an exciting first quarter for the Eagles was a Jungling run of 9-yards putting the score at 19-0.

PC kept the pressure of the Knights in the second stanza as well. David Willis scored on a 4-yard run. Five minutes later Willis again was in the end zone from one-yard out.

With 1;08 left in the half, Luke Mulder electrified the PC crowd by blocking a Woodward Academy punt. He also recovered the punt for a touchdown. That put the score at 39-0 at halftime.

The Knights came out of the halftime break and got some immediate momentum when Zavahn Pascascio returned the second half kick for 85 yards and a touchdown. The two-point PAT pass was good putting the score at 39-8.

Approximately two and a half minutes later the Knights scored on a 68-yard punt return by Davion Wilson to cut the deficit to 39-16.

That was the end of the highlights for the Knights in regards to points.

Dan Jungling from 26 yards, Willis from 5 and Bennet Spronk from a yard out ended the scoring for PC to make the final 59-16.

Stats

The Eagles had 387 yards of total offense, 46 in the air and 341 on the ground.

The Knights countered with 44 yards passing and 27 rushing for a net offense of 71 yards.

Jungling ran for 136 yards on 12 carries and Boender added 121 more on 12 attempts. David Willis chipped in 69 yards on the ground on 12 tries.

In the air, Jungling was 5-of-15 passing.

Mulder was the top receiver with three receptions for 19 yards.

On the defensive side of the football the Eagles pitched a shutout. The two scores by the Knights were on a kickoff return and a punt return.

Jungling had a pass interception to spark the PC defensive unit.

Bennet Spronk and Drew Geetings each had four tackles for PC. Luke Mulder was in on four stops, Max Wichhart, Kyle Branderhorst and Ethan Milligan each had three stops.

Mulder was in on three quarterback sacks.

The 1-4 Eagles (1-0 in district play) will be at home Friday as they face cross-county rival Pleasantville at 7 p.m.

The Trojans will enter town Friday with a mark of 4-1 and they too are 1-0 in the district.

Last year the Eagles flew past the Trojans by a final tally of 35-0.

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

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