There are very few ways to cap off homecoming week better than the way the Van Meter football team did Friday, Sept. 27 at home.
It was the start of district play as well as the Bulldogs faced off against ACGC and the team didn’t disappoint routing the Chargers 42-8. The same theme that has followed Van Meter football all season long was once again in play Friday night and that would be efficiency. The Bulldog offense posted another 300 plus yard performance on the night but this time they made extremely efficient use of their time. Van Meter ended collecting 332 yards of total offense in just under 18 minutes of game action, meanwhile, the visiting Chargers managed just eight points across 30 minutes of game action.
En route to their 25 consecutive regular-season victory, the Bulldogs produced three scoring quarters highlighted by the 21 point second quarter. Van Meter had six total scoring drives on the night and of those six, three were one-play drives. The first of which came with six minutes left in the first quarter when Ian Abrahamson took a handoff for 50 yards and for the first score of the game. That highlighted another big night for the senior that included 101 yards earned with two scores to move him into fifth place all-time on the Van Meter career rushing touchdown list with 36 ground scores. His 101 yards on the ground marked the 13th time the senior has broken the century mark in his career, tying Cody Blackwell for third-most all-time by a Bulldog.
“It felt good tonight,” began Abrahamson. “The line did a great job of opening up running lanes for me and I just had to make sure I took advantage of that.”
For the fifth time in his career, Ian was seen on the defensive side of the ball as well, earning two tackles on the night. The senior start spoke about what it’s been like to play defense.
“It definitely wears you out but I’m really glad I’ve been given the opportunity to play defense,” said Abrahamson. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for the defense but know it’s at a whole new level. We did a great job containing the rushing attack by ACGC tonight.”
As the first quarter was coming to a close, Van Meter would cross the end-zone once more, this time capping off a six-play, 52-yard drive to put the Bulldogs ahead 14-0. That honor was bestowed upon Anthony Potthoff on a one-yard touchdown run. The senior quarterback had a hand in the next two scores including a 43-yard pitch and catch with Chris Schreck with 10:30 left in the first half of play. That also included an eight-yard end-zone scamper to put Van Meter up 28-0 with 8:06 left in the first half.
Abrahamson capped off both the second quarter scoring and a six-play, 76-yard drive that took two minutes off the game clock. It ended in an eleven-yard end-zone run which put the Bulldogs up 35-0 at the halftime break.
The only scoring drive that lasted over six plays came as Van Meters’ final score of the game in the third quarter. Anthony Potthoff capped off a nine-play, 55-yard drive with an eleven-yard pass to Blade Koons. That marked Potthoff’s fifth passing touchdown and 15th overall end-zone trip of the 2019 season. With it being the last score of the game for the Bulldogs, it meant that for the first time all season, Van Meter did not score in all four quarters of play.
Individually Potthoff threw for 126 yards on six completions and two scores while rushing for 83 yards and two scores on eight attempts. Abrahamson led the way on the ground with 101 yards rushing while Chris Schreck’s 49-yard touchdown reception led the way receiving for the Bulldogs.
It was the 12th consecutive homecoming win and hold a 29-10 all-time record on homecoming week. Next up for the newly minted 5-0 Bulldogs will be another home district match-up at Bulldog Stadium. They will be welcoming in West Central Valley (0-5) for a 7 p.m. kick-off. The Bulldogs are 5-0 all-time against the Wildcats.