Class 1A Quarter-final Football
Pella Christian 23
At CC Hammann Field:
The muff of the opening kick-off by the Comets set the tone for the rest of the game in a 23-21 loss to the Eagles. Bellevue lost to a good team, but the better team may not have won. It was a thrilling game in that it seemed the last team with the ball would win.
The Comets all through the game tried to overcome their mistakes, the visiting Eagles slowed them in getting that done. They denied them an undefeated season, school history at 11-0 and a trip to the states first semi-finals in the UNI Dome.
It seemed like every time the Comets would try to take control the Eagles answered.
The only points of the 1st quarter came from the muff of the kick-off. Down 3-0 the Comets started their scoring with a drive capped off by Hunter Clasen’s short run, Ty Kloser added the 1st of his three PAT’s for a 7-3 lead. The Eagles answered with a drive capped by a short run to lead 10-7.
Bellevue came right back and Clasen ran it in from 30--yds to make 13-10 Kloser’s PAT good 14-10.
Back came the Eagles scoring on a long drive with 1:33 left to take the lead 17-14.
After the Eagles score the Comets took over at midfield and on 4th and 2 (punt) went for it it, fell short and the Eagles capitalized, they drove down field and kicked a 32-yd field goal for a 20-14 lead at the half.
The Comets had their chances in the second half but mistakes prevented them from doing so. A fumble after recovering a Eagle fumble inside the 30-yd line really hurt. Another came on a pass interception on a second and inches that halted another drive.
The Eagles added a 3rd field goal to make it 23-14 with 9:20 to play.
Back came the Comets, putting together a drive with Clasen scoring from 7-yards out to close to 23-21 with 4:42 to play.
The Eagles then proved they are a good team picking up key first downs on consecutive 3rd and long situations to run out the clock and a 23-21 victory. They improve to 8-3 and move on to semi-final play.
Despite the loss, the senior class will move on leaving a 32-10 record behind and a big part of a group that has made the state play-offs 5-straight years.
The 13 seniors include: Trey Daugherty, Jordan Kilburg, Dillon Rentz, Lucus Tennant, Junior Tennant, Harrison Haynes, Hunter Clasen, Trevor Hager, Austin Bryant, Brandon Kafer, Riley Konrardy, Payton Grover, and Lucas Knief.
Hunter Clasen had a superb season running behind these guys, rushing for 1925-yds and 33-touchdown despite missing two games. He rushed 39-195-yds, 3-tds in his final game as a Comet.
Junior Tennant led the defense with 10 tackles, 2-TFL.
“We fought through turn-over after turnover and mistake-after mistake, but we still had a chance to win, that’s the character of these kids,” commented Coach Chet Knake.
Bellevue 0 14 0 7 -21
Pella Christian 3 17 0 3 23
Bellevue Pella Christian
18 1st downs 22
280 tot-yds 335
60 no-plays 63
24:46 time-poss 23:14
6-11 Comp-atts 13-18
58 yds-passing 141
0-1 tds-ints 0-0
222 rushing-yds 194
49 rushing -att 48
5-50 pen-yds 5-40
4 turnovers 2
1-45 punts avg 2-28
Lucus Tennant 6-11 -58 yds
Trey Daugherty 4-51 yds
Hunter Clasen 2-7 yds
Hunter Clasen 39-189 yds, 3 TFs
Lucus Tennant 9-38 yds
Team 1 - 5yds
Junior Tennant 10, 7-solo, 2TFL
Hunter Clasen 9. 5-solo, 2 TFL
Riley Konrardy 9, 5-solo
Trey Daugherty 7, 6-solo
Jacob Waller 6. 6-solo
Max Jackson 7 , 4-solo
Trevor Hager 5, 3-solo
Lucas Tennant 3, 3-solo
Ben Parker 3, 2-solo
Brandon Kafer 2, 2-solo
Dillon Rentz 3, solo
Luke Giesemann 2, solo
Isaac Carter 3
#31 1, solo