It was more of the same for the Van Meter football team who continued their strong early-season run by besting non-district foe Madrid by a 42-0 final Friday night.
The game marked the sixth straight win over Madrid for Van Meter. The win helped to continue the recent tides as the Tigers came into the game having won 21 of the first 23 meetings. With Van Meter’s win Friday, night, the Bulldogs have now won seven out of the last nine themselves.
If there was a singular description to cover what Van Meter did Friday night, it would be efficient as the Bulldogs broke the 300-yard mark on a mere 42 plays. En route to collecting their 24th straight home victory, the Bulldogs once again collected at least one score in each of the four quarters of play.
The host Bulldogs were constantly finding themselves with prime field position which helped out the first score of the game in the first quarter. Senior running back Ian Abrahamson capped off a seven-play, 28-yard drive, giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with just under eight minutes left in the opening quarter. Fellow senior Anthony Potthoff had a game to remember completing a season-high 11 passes which also set as the second-most completions in his career. His 78.6 completion percentage ranked as the sixth-best mark by a Bulldog quarterback in school history.
All of that started with Van Meters second score of the game which came with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. A 35-yard connection with Parker Fryar helped cap off a four-play, 52-yard drive to bring the Bulldog lead up to 14-0. The endzone reception by Fryar helped cap off a very strong night as he hauled in a career-high three receptions for a career-high 70 receiving yards.
Just as impressive was the defensive side of the ball for Van Meter. Highlighting the defensive efforts was Kobe Richards who took an interception 50 yards for a score to pad the lead even further 21-0. That interception marked the first of Richards’ career. That wasn’t the only thing that highlighted the strong defensive night. Zach Madden also picked off Madrid passing and thus continued his recent trend. Madden’s interception marked the second straight interception and fifth overall of his career.
The Bulldogs went up 28-0 in the third quarter when Potthoff finished off an eight-play, 50-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. The fourth quarter involved two more scores and a lot more action by the Bulldogs. The first was a 53-yard touchdown scamper from Potthoff, putting a big highlight on a night where he tossed 132 yards through the air with 63 on the ground and three touchdowns. Dalten Van Pelt capped off the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 45-yard touchdown run of his own to give the Bulldogs their game-ending 42-0 lead.
Overall the Bulldogs posted 216 yards on the ground with 132 through the air. The efficient theme continued to be in play throughout as Van Meter collected their 248 yards with just 17:33 of game time compared to the 30 minutes of ball possession for the visiting Tigers. Along with his strong offensive performance, Parker Fryar also played a huge part defensively with a team-leading 10.5 tackles.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be the final non-district contest of the season as they travel to Woodward to face the Woodward-Granger Hawks. The Bulldogs hold a 7-2 advantage in the series against the Hawks. That includes the last five meetings including the 41-0 route over Woodward-Granger last season. Kickoff is set to get the game going at 7 p.m.