August 26, 2013

Drama plays out at North Mahaska


Depending on one’s cultural preference, the start of the 2013 football campaign for North Mahaska was either a Comedy of Errors or Little Shop of Horrors.
Mistakes, both physical and mental, allowed Belle Plaine to escape with a 21-14 gridiron win Friday. It was the season opener for both teams.
Throughout the game North Mahaska was unable to maintain momentum. Penalties and missed assignments negated a number of solid positive plays. The results brought feelings of aggravation on the faces of the team and staff.
“We can’t make mistakes,” said North Mahaska coach Steve Ehret. “The first half was a comedy of errors or a house of horrors. It was bad. We had a chance and I didn’t give us a chance to succeed.”
North Mahaska took the ball on the opening drive and moved it to the Belle Plaine 39, but the drive stalled. Belle Plaine then advanced the ball to the North Mahaska four before coughing up the ball to the hosts. The Warhawks had a penalty then some bad snaps and ultimately Belle Plaine received the ball at the Warhawk 25. Two plays later Plainsman quarterback Trey Squiers hit Vance Bohlen on a 26-yard pass for the first score of the game. The kick missed.
More miscues greeted the Warhawks in the second quarter. Bohlen and company took advantage and added another score and two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead at intermission.
Belle Plaine received the opening kick and on the second play North Mahaska’s Justin Richards grabbed a fumble. North Mahaska was then aided by a good run by Trey Rutledge and a roughing the passer call to get the ball to the Plainsman 14, but could advance no further.
North Mahaska’s A.J. Hibler earned a sack and forced Belle Plaine to punt again. North Mahaska was able to get the ball on the Belle Plaine 26 and an 18-yard pass from Richards to Jakob Bortell to set up a first-and-goal at the one. The next play Karrson Stodghill plowed in for the score. On the extra point try North Mahaska was whistled for a holding call and a dead ball unsportsmanlike call forcing the extra point try from the 35-yard line.

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