The Van Meter Bulldogs played at Eagle Grove on Friday, Sept. 22. The Bulldogs beat the Eagles 37-0 to continue their perfect season.
Bulldog Sam Bardwell kicked off the game and Eagle Ryan Smith returned the ball. Smith then fumbled the ball allowing Owen Crawford to recover the ball for the Bulldogs.
Crawford wasn’t able to gain any yards before he was tackled, but his recovery still allowed the Bulldogs to gain their first possession.
The Bulldogs only gained seven yards in their first possession of the game. All seven yards went to Carson Rhodes who carried the ball down the field on back-to-back plays.
The Eagles came back with 15 yards on the Bulldogs, but were stopped there. The Bulldogs held their possession for the next three and a half minutes, gaining 72 yards on the Eagles.
Unfortunately, a pass from Blake Fryar to JJ Richards, was intercepted right before the end zone, ending the Bulldogs possession.
The Bulldogs only allowed the Eagles a gain of two yards before getting the ball back. With just 37 seconds left in the first quarter, Richards carried the ball 37 yards into the end zone for the Bulldogs’ first touchdown. Bardwell followed the touchdown by bringing the score up to 7-0 with a PAT.
The quarter ended with the Bulldogs leading the game and Eagles holding possession of the ball.
The Eagles kept control for the first minute and a half of the second quarter but only gained nine yards before Evan Anderson was tackled by Bulldog Sam Thompson.
The Bulldogs began their possession on the Eagles’ 38-yard line and in just eight seconds, the Bulldogs were able to score their second touchdown. Rhodes carried the ball 39 yards into the end zone to score the touchdown, which was followed by Bardwell’s kick. The Bulldogs now led 14-0.
The Bulldogs had control of the ball a little bit longer on their next possession. In just under a minute, the Bulldogs were able to gain 56 yards on the Eagles. With 6:07 left in the first half, Rhodes carried the ball 28 yards for six more points. With another successful kick by Bardwell, the scoreboard read 21-0.
The Bulldogs only allowed the Eagles 11 yards on the following possession. They then regained possession with 3:16 left on the clock. The Bulldogs held possession for all but two seconds, fitting in 14 plays and racking up 87 yards.
On the Bulldogs’ third down, a pass from Fryar to Cole Lauterbach was broken up by Smith. On the fourth down, the Bulldogs were forced to go for a field goal. Bardwell kicked the 22-yard field goal, adding another three points onto the Bulldogs’ side of the scoreboard.
The half ended with the Bulldogs leading 24-0.
It wasn’t long after kickoff of the third quarter that the Bulldogs scored again. With just 9:49 left, Fryar sent a 32-yard pass to Thompson who put up another six points on the scoreboard. The following PAT was good and the Bulldogs led by 31 points.
The clock kept winding down on the quarter with neither team gaining many yards on any of their possessions and soon the quarter ended 31-0.
The fourth quarter was a slow one, the Bulldogs were able to hold control of the ball for the first seven and a half minutes of the quarter though.
When there was just 4:38 left on the clock, Anthony Potthoff passed the ball to Zach Drummond who ran the ball 11 yards into the end zone. With the extra point being no good, the score was 37-0.
The Bulldogs only allowed the Eagles 17 yards before Quinn Corcoran intercepted Eagle Brayden Lyman’s pass to Saxon Lyman.
The Bulldogs ended the game with the possession and won 37-0.
The Bulldogs have their Homecoming game on Friday, Sept 29; they will be playing Manson Northwest Webster at 7 p.m.