Offense upon offense upon offense. That was the name of the game for the Van Meter football team Friday night as they stormed into Madrid and stole the show with a 53-0 victory.
It was a big win for the Bulldogs, not just in points scored, but because it also marked the fifth consecutive win over the Tigers after Madrid won 21 of the first 23 meetings between the two teams. The win also marked the most points scored in the series and the largest margin of victory ever over Madrid.
It may have been a slower start than they have been use to but the Bulldogs still put up seven points to end the first quarter up 7-0. From there Van Meter would score at least 12 points in each of the next three quarters and would score at least a touchdown in all four quarters, the first time they have done so this season.
The big offensive explosion began in the second quarter where Bulldog quarterback Anthony Potthoff tossed three of his four passing touchdowns to help Van Meter with a 20 point quarter. Spencer Lamb, Chris Reames, and Colby Wiederholt were the three to haul in the second quarter scores for a combined 29 yards receiving.
Potthoff had a hand in six total scores which included a 13 yard touchdown run in the third quarter to bring the score 34-0 in favor of the Bulldogs. His 36 rushing and passing points combined tied a school record which was held since 2003. In total, Potthoff ended the night with ten completions on 13 attempts for 103 passing yards.
The Bulldogs showcased a lot of their depth in the fourth quarter with an 18 yard rushing score by Antonio Angel and an 89 yard touchdown scamper by Hunter Coyle. Those two and more newcomers to the varsity scene really impressed the likes of Bulldog head coach Jack Trudo.
“In a game like this, it was really impressive to see how the younger guys battled just like it was a tie ball game,” said Trudo.
The four passing touchdowns in the game marked a season high for passing touchdowns so far this season but just as phenomenal as the passing game was, it was the ground game that once again highlighted the night. Out of the 528 total yards of offense, 80 percent of it came on the ground in the form of 425 yards. The 528 total yard mark ranks 12th in Van Meter history for most yards in a game.
In what was pretty much an all around game especially when you look at the fact that the Bulldog defense shut out the Madrid Tiger offense for the second straight season. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just 272 yards of total offense.
“I though our defense got off to a slow start but they eventually go into a grove and played tight defense,” began Trudo. “We were sound in our technique which can easily go the other way in high school football. The defense did a great job about sticking to their game plan.”
Defensive power Parker Fryar echoed coach Trudo’s comments.
“The defense did a great job about quickly attacking the ball carrier,” began Fryar. “Coach talks about trusting the process and making sure we don’t lose our assignments. Very happy for our guys today and what we were able to do.”
What’s more Fryar added, is the excitement of winning against Madrid on their home turf.
“It’s very nice to win against Madrid on their home field,” said Fryar. “It’s a rivalry type game and coach Trudo has been going against Madrid for quite some time so it’s nice to get the win like we did today.”
It’s a great win for the Bulldogs as they await their homecoming week next week. Van Meter football will be taking on Woodward-Granger at home and the Bulldogs will be looking to add one more win to the series which currently favors Van Meter 6-2. The Bulldogs have won four straight match ups including last years’ 31-3 victory.