Pella prevailed in their season opening football game of the 2019 season. The Dutch relied on their defense to deliver a 14-0 non-district win over Dallas Center-Grimes.

The home win presented head coach Jay McKinstrey victory number 200 for his career.

Pella is ranked No. 7 by the Des Moines Register and No. 5 in the Radio Iowa Poll.

The Mustangs entered the game ranked No. 7 in the Radio Iowa poll in 3A.

The opener was controlled by the defensive units of both teams.

The Dutch managed to put points on the brand new PPI sponsored digital scoreboard in the second quarter.

The first score of the night was a 13-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Ryan Mace to Logan Shetterly.

The next Dutch tally was a one-yard dive into the end zone by Aaron Downs.

Silas Vanderhoff tacked on both extra point PAT kicks.

The Mustang charts showed they had 72 yards rushing and 112 passing for a net 184 yards of offense.

Zach Brand had 107 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Cody Hall was the top receiver for DC-G with six receptions for 43 yards.

Pella’s statistics showed the Dutch with 191 yards of offense. Of that total 133 came on the ground and 58 in the air.

Mace and Downs each saw time as the Dutch quarterback.

Mace was 6-of-12 passing for 40 yards and one score.

Downs was the leading rusher with 112 yards on 23 carries and a score.

Next came Nick DeJong with 24 yards rushing on six attempts.

Shetterly was the top receiver for Pella with four catches for 30 yards and a score.

Topping the statistical charts for the Dutch defense that kept points off the board for DC-G was DeJong with 5.5 tackles followed by Grant Nelson and Kamden Lambert each with 4.5 stops. Mason Huerter and Warren Page each had four tackles for Pella.

Pella’s defense forced four big turnovers that proved big.

Downs, Shetterly and Josh Warner each picked off passes for Pella. Mace had the lone fumble recovery.

Pella never turned the ball over.

Up next for Pella is a trip to Mount Pleasant to face the Panthers Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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

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