Van Meter will play in the Quarterfinal Round Playoff game against Madrid Friday night at 7 p.m. on their home field outside of the school.
Many people on the Van Meter side will already be wearing blue, but the athletic department is going further to encourage everyone to wear blue to the game, not only to support the Bulldogs, but also to show their support for the Des Moines police officer and the Urbandale police officer who were gunned down on Wednesday morning.
The Bulldogs are going into the game undefeated, while the Tigers are going in 9-1 with their only loss being to the Bulldogs two weeks ago (Oct. 21). The Bulldogs won the game 31-24.
Blake Fryar of the Bulldogs had 108 passing yards for 21.7 yards per completion and 41.7 percent yards completed. Fryar was also the second leader for the Bulldogs in rushing yards with 63 yards and 7.9 yards per carry, he also had one rushing touchdown of 45 yards. The leader of rushing yards for the Bulldogs was Carson Rhodes. With 164 yards, Rhodes had an average of five yards per carry as well as one touchdown for two yards.
For the Tigers, Aaron Sperling had 50 percent completed passes for 19 yards and 9.5 yards per completion. For rushing yards, Michael Santi and Travis Schieltz led the team. Santi had 183 total rushing yards for 8.3 yards per carry. He also had two touchdowns for the Tigers with his longest touchdown being for 19 yards. Schieltz had 45 yards for 3.8 yards per carry.
Both Devin Braunschweig and Santi had one reception for the Tigers. Braunschweig had 11 yards while Santi had eight. JJ Durfling and Anthony Lowman were the two receivers for the Bulldogs. Durflinger had three receptions for 71 yards and 23.7 yards per catch. Lowman had two receptions and 37 yards for 18.5 yards per catch.
Drew Gordon had the most points for the Bulldogs during this game. Gordon had two rushing touchdowns, a 34-yard field goal and four PATs. Fryar and Rhodes were the other two Bulldogs to have one touchdown each.
Two touchdowns led Santi to be the leading scorer for the Tigers, he was followed by teammates Sperling with one touchdown and Jayden Moore with 27-yard field goal and three PATs.
Sperling easily led the Tigers in tackles as well. He had a total of 14 tackles, 10 solo tackles and eight tackle assists. The Tiger with the second most tackles was Landen Burke with nine tackles. Eight came from solo tackles and two were tackle assits.
For the Bulldogs, the leader in tackles was Joey Staley with 7.5 tackles. Staley had three solo tackles and assisted with nine tackles. The next leader in tackles was Gordon with three solo tackles and seven tackle assists allowing him to have 6.5 total tackles.
The Bulldogs and the Tigers meet once more this season Friday night at 7 p.m. in Van Meter for the Playoff Quarterfinals. The winner advances to the semifinals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls the following weekend.