October 17, 2013

District lead at stake in Osky-Pella gridiron battle



The Indians have rushed for 2,487 yards on the ground with 40 total touchdowns while the Dutch have picked up 1,875 yards running the ball and have gone to the end zone 27 times total on the season.
Landgrebe continues to be the top rusher in the district with 1,365 yards and 21 TDs while Pella has the No. 3 and No. 5 ground gainers in the district. Noah Clayberg has rushed the ball for 658 yards and eight scores while Nathan Henry has 525 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. Wisse has scored four touchdowns and has added 349 yards rushing to the Oskaloosa ground game.
Throwing the ball has been a passing thought for the two squads as they’ve combined to put the ball in the air a total of 154 times thus far this season.
Clayberg has passed 56 times, completing 28 of them for 372 yards and three touchdowns while Trevor Argo and Austin Schulte also have throw passes for the Dutch.
VanDalen has thrown 52 of Oskaloosa’s 57 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Sterner and T.J. Boyle have thrown the other five passes.
Defense may be the deciding factor in the outcome of the game and the Dutch own a better unit than the Indians.
Pella has allowed just 10.1 points a game this season while Oskaloosa has given up almost 32 points a game to its opponents.
Still, the Indians have been solid in forcing turnovers against their opponents.
They’ve recovered every one of the 11 fumbles they have forced with Riley Coniglio leading the district with four recoveries, including a 68-yard touchdown return last week against Winterset. Curtis has two recoveries while Rutledge has a team-high four interceptions, which is also tied for the district lead. Ki-Jana DeJong is close behind with two picks while Jared Pace has the other interception for Oskaloosa.
Pella has had 12 takeaways this year with nine being interceptions. Will Warner and Quinton Murphy both have recorded two interceptions while Mason Van Gorp has a team-best two fumble recoveries.

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