Van Meter lost to Western Christian on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The Bulldogs were 11-0 going into the game but fell to the Wolfpack 35-14 and saw their season come to an end.
The Wolfpack took the first lead when Daniel Donovan scored the first touchdown after he caught a pass from Tyson Kooima. After the kick by Chris Baccam, the Wolfpack was up 7-0.
When the Bulldogs had the ball back, Carson Rhodes was the one taking the ball down the field. Rhodes led the Bulldogs with rushing yards. He had 139 rushing yards on 34 rush attempts allowing him to have 4.1 yards per carry. He also was the third leading receiver for the Bulldogs with a total of 16 yards.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs weren't able to score a touchdown during this possession and the Wolfpack took the ball back on Van Meter's 10 yard line.
Sam Thompson had a interception for the Bulldogs to get the ball back with 11 seconds left in the first quarter. Tyler Kubiak ran 36 yards into the end zone for the Bulldogs first touchdown with only three second left in the quarter. Drew Gordon made the extra point and tied the score 7-7.
Jesse Jansma started the second quarter with another touchdown for the Wolfpack. With the extra point being good, the Wolfpack was back up again 14-7. Rhodes responded with another touchdown for the Bulldogs tying the score 14-14. The half ended with the two teams tied.
The third quarter was back and forth down the field for both the Bulldogs and the Wolfpack. Neither team had a touchdown during the quarter and finished the quarter 14-14.
The fourth quarter didn't start so well for the Wolfpack, the team had two incompletions but it didn't stop them from scoring their third touchdown. Ben Gesink was the one to score the 16 yard touchdown for the team. The Wolfpack was leading once again 21-14.
The Bulldogs possession didn't last long as they fumbled the ball and the Wolfpack gained the ball back immediately. Gesink had another touchdown almost immediately bringing the score up to 28-14.
The Bulldogs did their best to move the ball down the field but the Wolfpack intercepted a pass and they missed an opportunity to score a third touchdown. Ben Granstra ran 44 yards down the field for another touchdown finishing the game 35-14.
"We competed very hard and had some positive momentum in the first half that we just couldn't sustain in the second half" said Coach Trudo. "Western Christian did a great job defensively and capitalized on several key moments in the game."
The Bulldogs ended their season 11-1 and the Wolfpack will be moving on to the State Championship at the UNI-Dome next Saturday (Nov. 19).