VanVeldhuizen, Landgrebe lead Indians to first win of season
By JIM GRIES Herald sports editor
Friday night's Class 3A, District 8 battle between Oskaloosa and Carlisle was a meeting of teams looking for their first win of the season.
Only the Indians were able to achieve that goal as the tandem of Andrew Landgrebe and Nate VanVeldhuizen carried Oskaloosa to a 40-27 win at Oskaloosa Stadium.
The victory was Oskaloosa head coach Mike Sterner's first as a varsity coach, who said the team has been winning all year long, just not on the scoreboard.
“We've been winning for several weeks, it just hasn't been showing up on the scoreboard,” he said. “I'm so proud of those kids. The work and the willingness for those kids to just suck it up and when bad things happen, they bounce back and respond how champions do. I continue to be proud of our kids and the way that they continue to play football and refocus when bad things happen. The scoreboard is the by-product of all the hard work they have put in.”
Landgrebe logged the ball 23 times for 192 yards and five touchdowns while VanVeldhuizen rushed for 110 yards and one score for the 1-2 Indians.
Oskaloosa, which is 1-0 in the district, got off to a 19-0 lead as Landgrebe had a pair of 1-yard TD plunges and a 27-yard scamper before the Wildcats cut into the lead in the second quarter.
A 16-yard run by Carlisle's Kichanh McMullen made it 19-7 before Landgrebe tallied his fourth TD of the game, this time from 70 yards out, for a 26-7 cushion midway in the period.
The Oskaloosa junior added his third touchdown plunge of a yard with 2:53 left for a 33-7 lead and the Indians apparently had the game in hand.
But the Wildcats gained a bit of momentum on the final play of the opening half as Noah Smith hauled in a 32-yard scoring strike from Jordan Pierce to pull Carlisle to within 33-14 at halftime.
The Wildcats didn't possess the ball long in the second half, having it for just under 8 minutes in the final 24 as the Indians forced three turnovers in the half.
Carlisle added 9-yard touchdown run by Tyrell Erb midway in the third quarter to get to within 12, but VanVeldhuizen scored from 3 yards out with 1:36 left in the period to extend the margin to 40-21.
McMullen's second TD of the game midway in the fourth quarter was the final touchdown of the night as the Indians survived a lost fumble by getting the ball back on downs with 5:18 remaining.
Oskaloosa ran out the clock as the trio of Landgrebe, VanVeldhuizen and Mason Wisse, who rushed for 73 yards in the gamne, didn't allow Carlisle to get the ball back.
Oskaloosa goes on the road this week as it has a district game with Chariton.
Oskaloosa 40, Carlisle 27
C 0 14 7 6 — 27
O 12 21 7 9 — 40
O — Andrew Landgrebe 1 run (Kick failed), 8:15
O — Landgrebe 27 run (Kick failed), 4:21
O — Landgrebe 1 run (Nick Waters kick), 11:54
C — Kichanh McMullen 16 run (Brandley Hydorn kick), 9:03
O — Landgrebe 70 run (Waters kick), 6:27
O — Landgrebe 1 run (Waters kick), 2:53
C — Noah Smith 32 pass from Jordan Pierce (Hydorn kick), :00
C — Tyrell Erb 9 run (Hydorn kick), 5:48
O — Nate VanVeldhuizen 3 run (Waters kick), 1:36
C — McMullen 11 run (Kick blocked), 7:52
First downs 18 23
Rushes-yards 34-156 59-440
Passing yards 167 14
Total yards 323 454
Att-Comp-Int 22-9-1 4-2-1
Punts 3-41.7 3-17.0
Fumbles-lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 2-15
Time/possession 18:57 29:03
RUSHING — Carlisle, Kichanh McMullen 12-94, Tyrell Erb 11-58, Jordan Pierce 11-4. Oskaloosa, Andrew Landgrebe 23-192, Nate VanVeldhuizen 16-110, Mason Wisse 10-73, Nick Rutledge 2-43, Jesse VanDalen 5-26, Jared Pace 2-(-4).