Pella bounced back from a loss to the Centerville Big Red with another strong performance Friday night.

The Dutch were celebrating Homecoming 2009 and the football team delivered the top performance of the night with a solid 40-7 victory over Class 3A District 6 opponent Chariton.

The win puts Pella at 1-1 in the district and at 3-1 for the year. The Chargers slipped to 1-1 in the district and to 1-3 overall with the setback.

It was all business for the Dutch Friday as the Chargers came to town. Pella methodically took control with 16 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second and seven more in the third for a rather quick 40-0 lead.

With the clock ticking off faster than normal in the second half due to the 35-point advantage plus by the Dutch, it was a quick exit to the dance for the Pella High players.

Chariton managed its only points of the game with 1:30 left in the final quarter against the Pella reserves

Matt Myers continues to be one of the best at blocking punts.

Myers blocked the Chargers first kick of the night for a quick 2-0 Dutch lead on the safety.

Pella received the ball back from Chariton on the free kick. One play later Pella was back in the end zone, this time with a touchdown as Brett Bogaard raced 49 yards for a score to put Pella up 9-0 following the PAT kick by Blaine Forsythe.

Pella’s next drive of the night was a short-lived four-play 34-yard match as Meyers capped it off with a one-yard dive to pay dirt for a 16-0 advantage.

Quarter two saw Pella score on a 1-yard dive by Meyers and a 1-yard run by Richie Bales.

The Bales score came with 2:35 left in the half and it was a six-play 70-yard drive by the Dutch offense.

As the clock was coming to an end in the opening half, Forsythe booted a 38-yard field goal to put the halftime score at 33-0. The kick came on the final play of the half.

Forsythe capped the Pella scoring for the night with a 15-yard run with 8:23 left in the third stanza.


Pella totaled 274 yards of offense, 136 rushing and 138 in the air.

The Chargers were limited to 105 yards rushing and 71 passing.

Chariton turned the ball over four times, while Pella coughed up one fumble.

Pella fumble recoveries were by Andy Vander Broek, Devin Pushor and Spencer Boeyink. The Pella pass interception was by Josh Pringle.

Leading the Pella High tackle charts for coach Jay McKinstrey’s squad was Meyers with eight stops. Four of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage.

Grant Gustafson was in on seven tackles while Mark Frommelt and Alan Pfadenhauer each had four stops.

On the offensive side of the ball, Forsythe was 8-of-10 passing for 134 yards and two scores. Bogaard had three receptions for 73 yards and Bales two for 14.

Bogaard had 73 yards rushing on nien attempts, Forsythe kicked in 37 yards on eight tries and Boeyink ran for 31 on three carries.

Up Next

The Dutch hit the road Friday as they venture to Carlisle to face the Wildcats. Carlisle dropped a 46-13 decision to Grinnell last week. The Wildcats are 1-1 in the district and 2-2 overall. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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