If you thought the week one performance from Van Meter football was impressive, week two was taken up a notch as the Bulldogs posted 457 total yards of offense for a 40-6 route over Pella Christian Friday night.
For the second straight week, Van Meter produced a score in all four quarters en route to capturing their 37th consecutive regular-season winning streak dating back to the 2015 season opener. The win marked the 52nd contest out of the last 56 regular-season games to go by the way of the Bulldogs.
While the Bulldog offense was posting up impressive numbers, the defense did the same holding Pella Christian to just six points, the second-fewest points scored by an Eagles team in a game since the 2008 campaign. That continues the great work left by past teams as Van Meter has trailed in just three out of the last 27 games and hasn’t allowed a first-quarter score in 14 out of the last 15 games.
In similar fashion to week one, Van Meter jumped out to an early lead spearheaded by a one-yard touchdown run by Ian Abrahamson to cap off a six-play, 64-yard drive. That got the scoring started and it would be one more score to round out the first quarter as senior quarterback Anthony Potthoff took to the ground for a 34-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in the opening quarter.
Although he only had 45 yards total on the ground, senior Ian Abrahamson did have a pair of trips to the endzone before he departed the game in the third quarter. The second of his two scores came with seven minutes left in the first half and gave the Bulldogs a 20-0 advantage.
Pella Christian got the second half scoring underway with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter when they capped off a 12-play, 62-yard drive for the score. That would be the only score the home team could muster and the luster of the score was quickly dampened. Less than a minute later, the Bulldogs needed just two plays to drive 61 yards for their first second-half score on a 54 yard run by Potthoff. Dalten Van Pelt would earn two more scores for the Bulldogs to round out their scoring and a very potent rushing attack that produced 316 yards and produced all of the scoring.
Even with that said, Anthony Potthoff managed to dazzle through the air as well tossing 141 yards, the third-most in the already storied career of Potthoff. Career marks were set all over the place for Van Meter who also saw career highs from Van Pelt, Blade Koons (two receptions for 61 yards passing), and Cody Coffman (63 yards receiving).
The Bulldogs are now 2-0 on the young season and will return to action Friday, Sep. 13 when they will welcome in Madrid for a varsity contest beginning at 7 p.m.