Who: Pella (5-2) vs Winterset (6-2)
What: Class 3A - Pod 13 - Second Round
When: Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Pella and Winterset have split four meetings since 2006. The Dutch won the most recent meeting 37-14 in 2013.
One key player for Pella
Levi Roose and the Pella defense will be going up against one of the best running backs in 3A this season in Winterset’s Dawson Forgy, who is second in the class with 1,611 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns. Roose, who has had a fantastic season with 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery for a TD and one interception for a TD, will be tasked to limit Forgy and a dangerous Winterset running game. If Roose can stop the run and get the chance to rush the passer, it would be a big night for the Pella defense.
Keys for Pella
Will the week off help or hurt Pella? Winterset stayed close in their loss to undefeated Van Meter and only fell to DCG by four but they were nearly upset in the first round by a one-win North Polk squad. How Pella handles the Huskies’ run game will be a key while Pella’s offense will face a Winterset defense that has held five of their opponents to 21 points or less and they force a lot of turnovers (15). Pella’s offense has struggled at times this year but if their defense forces turnovers and gives them a short field, they can put points on the board. Winner advances as one of the final 16 teams in 3A.