A 21 point first quarter was just the fast start the Van Meter football team needed Friday night to claim a 41-0 victory over Woodward-Granger to cap off homecoming week.
The scoring was ironically started on the defensive side of the ball for Van Meter thanks to Kasey O’Brien’s 26 yard interception returned for a touchdown with eight minutes left in the first quarter. Not only was that a strong start for the Bulldogs, it also extended the defense’s streak of eleven consecutive games with at least one interception. The offense then followed that up with an eight play, 55 yard drive capped off with an Anthony Potthoff eleven yard touchdown run to give Van Meter a 14-0 lead early.
Potthoff himself had yet another fantastic outing that ended in 7-of-19 passing for 105 yards and two scores through the air. Potthoff also contributed 114 rushing yards on just 12 carries, marking the third consecutive 100 plus yard rushing performance of the season for Potthoff. Potthoff is just the second Van Meter quarterback to breach the century mark in rushing throughout Bulldog football history, joining Brandon Brittain’s performances in the first three rounds of the 2013 playoffs.
Ultimately, Potthoff had a hand in four of the six scores which included one more first quarter score on an 18 yard touchdown run. That gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 advantage as the first quarter clock expired. The Bulldogs took five minutes off of the second quarter clock to deliver on their longest drive of the night, a nine play, 79 yard drive. That was the second straight rushing score of the night for Potthoff, which in turn gave Van Meter a 28-0 lead.
The Bulldogs poked in one more score before the half on a 22 yard Chris Reames touchdown reception, increasing the Van Meter lead 34-0. The third quarter was the only non-scoring quarter for Van Meter which led to a seven point fourth quarter. Van Meter tacked on their last score on a Antonio Angel 19 yard score.
In total, the Bulldogs churned out 375 yards of offense broken down to 270 on the ground, with 105 through the air. Meanwhile the Van Meter defense limited the Woodward-Granger Hawks to just 209 yards of total offense and took the win for the fifth consecutive time. The Bulldogs have now extended their Class 1A longest winning streak to 17 straight games dating back to last year.
On defense, Parker Fryar led the team in tackles with seven total tackles.
The top ranked Bulldogs will look to repeat their winning ways once again when they begin district play next Friday at Jarman Field in Guthrie Center against AC/GC. This is the first ever meeting between the Bulldogs and the Chargers and what could flourish into a new rivalry begins next Friday at 7 p.m.