Who: Pella (1-3) vs No. 8 (4A) Newton (4-0)
Where: H.A. Lynn Stadium in Newton
When: Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Pella is 6-1 against Newton since 2010 and are winners of the last five meetings with an average margin of victory of 39.4 points in those contests.
One key player for Pella
Preston Rowe is an impact player for the Dutch. Defensively, the linebacker flies around the field and leads Pella with 28.5 tackles this season. Newton has a good running back and running quarterback duo which Rowe will have to do a lot of chancing down of both and filling gaps quickly. Offensively, the tight-end only has three receptions but those three have gone for a total for 61 yards (third on the team). As Pella continues to look for consistency on offense, Rowe is a guy that could make an impact as a blocker in the running game and as a receiver.
Keys for Pella
This is a tale of two different schedules as Pella has faced two top three teams and one team just outside the top 10 while Newton’s opponents own a combined record of 2-14. This is another ranked opponent for the Dutch and is a big prove it game for the Cardinals. Turnovers will be key in this one as Pella has forced just four turnovers in four games while Newton has forced nine. With two teams that like to run the ball, getting turnovers and winning the field position battle could be big. These two are similar in the fact they both have dual-threat quarterbacks and big-legged kickers. Pella QB Blake Meyer has 289 rushing yards and five touchdowns compared to 352 passing yards and two TDs. Newton QB Zayvier Arguello has 219 rushing yards and seven touchdowns with 435 passing yards and three touchdowns in the air. It will be an interesting dual between those two but both teams have good kickers that can step up and knock down a long field if needed. It will be Newton’s homecoming game and it will be another tough atmosphere for the Dutch as they try to right the ship in this district opener.