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September 30, 2013

Big play not enough for NM

NEW SHARON —

Homecoming games are always emotional. 
The week leading up to the game is filled with activities and events involving students and community. For many coaches it is a week of necessary distractions.
North Mahaska experienced all of those – and faced the No. 8 ranked Pekin Panthers. Pekin’s potent ground game was too much for the Warhawks and the Panthers won 53-16.
Pekin amassed 522 yards on the ground, but it was North Mahaska with the most memorable play. Trailing 13-0, North Mahaska’s junior Trent Wanders picked off a pass from Pekin’s Kolby Allsup and returned it 14 yards to midfield to set up the Warhawk scoring drive. 
North Mahaska (2-4, 1-2) senior quarterback Justin Richards hooked up with junior Karrson Stodghill for a six-yard pass play after a loss to bring up a third down and seven. 
Warhawks coach Steve Ehret dialed up his first gadget play of the year, a reverse flea-flicker. Richards tossed to Stodghill, sophomore Jakob Bortell received the ball from Stodghill on a reverse, and then pitched it back to Richards. Richards found senior Chase Koehler behind the defense and scored on the 47-yard play.
“It’s one of those plays you can only use once,” said Ehret. “We did a nice job of executing.”
Following the big play and kickoff, North Mahaska’s defense picked up the pressure and had the Panthers pinned back at their 27-yard line. Seniors Taylor Legvold and Brock Pollpeter put pressure on Pekin quarterback Allsup, and junior Bret Doty chased Allsup and he heaved a desperation shot down filed and Stodghill was there to snag the ball at the Pekin 35. A penalty pushed the Warhawks backwards and they could not score.
The Panthers scored a late touchdown to grab a 19-8 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Pekin scored three offensive scores and returned a punt 37 yards for a score for a 46-8 advantage. 

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