Comets State Play-offs

Senior Comet players hold up the 2018 State Play-off Participation Trophy after their loss to Pella Christian last Friday.

 Class 1A Quarter-final Football

Pella Christian 23

 Bellevue 21

 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.  

 Game summary

 Bellevue   0 14 0 7 -21

 Pella Christian 3 17 0 3 23

 Team Stats

 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

 Individual stats  

Passing-

Lucus Tennant 6-11 -58 yds

 Receiving -

Trey Daugherty 4-51 yds

 Hunter Clasen 2-7 yds

 Rushing-

Hunter Clasen 39-189 yds, 3 TFs

 Lucus Tennant 9-38 yds

Team 1  - 5yds

 Defensive stats

 Tackles

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