ADEL - A forced location change was no big thing for the Ballard football team when it took on Dallas Center-Grimes in a non-district outing Friday at Adel.
The game was originally scheduled to take place on Ballard’s home turf — Rich Strouse Field in Huxley — but poor field conditions due to constant rain over the previous week forced Ballard to move venues.
The unplanned road trip had no ill effects on Ballard, thanks to a stifling and aggressive defense.
The Bombers constantly swarmed the DCG offense, limiting the Mustangs to 120 total yards and picking off three passes in a 15-7 victory.
“DCG is a good team,” Ballard co-head football coach Kyle Howard said. “Our kids played really hard.”
The Bomber defense was also excellent the previous week against Carroll, but the Bombers were dealt a 9-7 defeat at home. A strong running game and a decisive win in the turnover battle made sure a great defensive performance didn’t go to waste for the second week in a row.
“We’re proud of how they responded to some adversity,” Howard said.
The only scoring of the first half came when Connor Drew found Kegan Odden on a 19-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give Ballard a 6-0 lead. The Bombers went up 9-0 in the third quarter when Brenden Vincent drilled a crucial 37-yard field goal that put his team up two scores.
Skyler Noftsger finished off the Bomber scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. DCG prevented a Bomber shutout when Garrett Morris thew a 7-yard touchdown pass to Luke Fistler later in the fourth, but the Mustangs could do no more damage, falling to 0-3 on the season.
Ballard improved to 2-1. The Bombers had 296 yards of offense, most of it (226 yards) coming via the ground game.
Noftsger ended up with 149 yards rushing on 26 carries and Drew completed 6 of 12 passes for 70 yards with no interceptions and added 53 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Odden made three grabs for 47 yards and Reece Huen had two catches for 21.
Sam Petersen delivered five tackles and two interceptions and Sam Andrews 6.5 tackles, an interception and a sack to lead Ballard’s outstanding defensive effort. Sam Salasek made six tackles, Joe Hofbauer finished with three tackles and a sack, Fleischmann made 4.5 stops and Logan Harmeyer added four tackles plus a stop behind the line.
DCG quarterback Garrett Morris was held to 66 yards on 8 of 23 passing by Ballard’s stout defense. Fistler and Zach Brand both ran for 22 yards, Isaac Boley had 23 yards receiving and Rudy Stallman caught one pass for 22 yards and Blake Willey made 12.5 tackles for the Mustangs.
Ballard goes on the road this week to face Winterset (1-2). The Huskies are coming off their first win, a 32-20 victory at North Polk.
“(We’re) excited to play Winterset this week,” Howard said.
Ballard’s game with Winterset takes place at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Winterset.
Ballard 15, DCG 7
DCG 0 0 0 7 - 7
B 6 0 3 6 - 15
B - Kegan Odden 19 pass from Connor Drew (kick failed).
B - Brenden Vincent 37 FG.
B - Skyler Noftsger 3 run (kick failed).
DCG - Luke Fistler 7 pass from Garrett Morris (Austin James kick).
Team statistics DCG B
Rushes-yards 22-54 53-226
Passing 8-23-3 6-12-0
Passing yards 66 70
Total yards 120 296
Fumbles lost 0 0
Punts-average 6-34.3 5-29.4
Rushing: DCG - Zach Brand 4-22, Luke Fistler 11-22, Isaac Boley 1-7, Garrett Morris 6-3. B - Skyler Noftsger 26-149, Connor Drew 16-53, Brooks Fleischmann 2-10, Aaron Kinshaw 3-9, Reece Huen 6-5.
Passing: DCG - Morris 8-23-3-66. B - Drew 6-12-0-70.
Receiving: DCG - Boley 3-23, Rudy Stallman 1-22, Bryce Jermier 2-15, Fistler 2-6. B - Kegan Odden 3-47, Huen 2-21, Kinshaw 1-2.
Tackles: DCG - Blake Willey 12.5, Jayme Augusma 9, Bain Broderick 8, Rowan Collins 8. B - Sam Andrews 6.5, Sam Salasek 6, Sam Petersen 5, Fleischmann 4.5, Logan Harmeyer 4.
Sacks: B - Andrews, Joe Hofbauer.
Interceptions: B - Petersen 2, Andrews.