Who: Pella Christian (2-3, 2-1) vs No. 7 Pleasantville (5-0, 3-0)
When: Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Pella Christian has owned this matchup in the QuikStats era, going a perfect 7-0 against Pleasantville since 2008. The Eagles won last year’s meeting 54-13.
One key player for Pella Christian
Cody Boender will not only need to make an impact in the running game, he’ll have to do it with two hands on the football. Pleasantville leads the state in recovered fumbles with 13 this season. The Trojans will try to rip the ball out every time they can so Boender will need to be aware of that and finish every run with two hands on the ball. Boender, PC’s leading tackler, will also be busy defensively against the second-best rushing attack in Class 1A.
Keys for Pella Christian
Approach this game with a similar mindset to the I-35 game. This is a ranked opponent that has been dominant on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they’ve held their last three opponents to single digits while offensively they’re rushing attack is one of the best in the class and they average 39 points per game, which leads the district. Pella Christian will need to be sharp offensively while also loading up the box against the Trojans’ running game. A win would keep PC in the district title race with a meeting against winless Colfax-Mingo on the docket for next week.