The undefeated steak continues on for Van Meter football. The Van Meter Bulldogs continued their winning ways from an undefeated season last year with a 42-14 win over Earlham.
The win gave Van Meter their 10th straight win over the Cardinals and tied their longest winning streak over an Earlham High School team. The Bulldogs opened up the scoring for the game and did so in a big way, ending the first quarter with a 21-0 lead. Anthony Potthoff and Ian Abrahamson both found their way into the end zone on the ground, each time from 15 yards out or less, to make up the 21 points.
Van Meter would end up scoring on the first six touchdowns of the game which also included a pair of touchdowns to round out the first half. Once again, Anthony Potthoff and Ian Abarahamson contributed to scores. Potthoff earned his second touchdown through the air after connecting with JJ Richards with 11 minutes left in the half to go up 28-0. Abrahamson’s score marked his third touchdown of the game and gave the Bulldogs a substantial lead with six minutes left in the half.
Abrahamson would have the final say with regards to Van Meter scoring as he scored the last touchdown of the game by the Bulldogs with nine minutes left in the third quarter as part of a five play, eighty yard drive. The Cardinals put up their first score with under five minutes left in the third to bring the score to a 42-7 mark before notching one final score with under a minute left in the game to put the score 42-14.
The Bulldogs were superior in nearly every fashion including first downs where they were pretty efficient with 20 compared to Earlham’s 13. Earlham may have edged out Van Meter in rushing yards, 227 on 43 carries compared to 213 yards on 35 carries, but the Bulldogs did make up for it in the passing attack with 103 yards compared to Earlham’s 60.
Another big reason for the dominating win had to do with four Earlham turnovers, one of which was recovered by the Bulldogs.
Ian Abrahamson had an opening game to remember amassing 198 rushing yards on 21 carries, far more than the 11 yards put up by the junior last season. Those 198 rushing yards set a record for the most yards gained by a Van Meter back in a season opener. Anthony Potthoff completed seven of his nine passing attempts for a total of 103 yards through the air. Cody Coffman was often on the receiving end of those throws as he hauled in three receptions for 50 yards.
Parker Fryar paced the way defensively with six total tackles , five of which were solo tackles.
The win now gives Van Meter a 27 game winning streak dating back to last season, the second-longest in school history. After Earlham’s first drive of the game, Van Meter allowed just one offensive play by the Cardinals until 11 minutes remained in the first half.
Overall, the Bulldogs claim a season opening victory for the third straight season. Their next opportunity to keep the winning streak going comes next Friday, August 31 in an exciting contest against Pella Christian.
Both teams will head into the match up on high notes as neither team has lost a regular season game since the 2015 season. The last time these two teams faced off was in 2013 where Van Meter came out on top 14-13.