The dominance continues on for the Van Meter football team after they solidified their seventh straight district title Friday night against Mount Ayr.
Thanks to a 21-point fourth quarter, the Bulldogs ran away with a 28-0 victory over the Raiders. That marks the 43rd consecutive regular-season win for the program and fourth shutout win for the team this season.
The Bulldogs displayed their variety in ways to win ball games for the second straight week as they were held under 300 yards of total offense. Little worry set in as the Bulldog offense once again shut down the opposing offense, cutting their production to half of what they normally average. In total the defense held Mount Ayr to just 155 yards of total offense and a mere four third-down conversions.
On the offensive side, it was a first-half season-low seven points for the Bulldogs with that lone first-half score coming on a two-yard touchdown run by Ian Abrahamson that capped off a lengthy nine-play, 98-yard drive that ended with 19 seconds left in the first quarter of play. That led to a very unfamiliar halftime score for the Bulldogs with just a seven-point lead. Coming out of the halftime break, it remained a tight game throughout the entirety of the third quarter. The Bulldogs eased their minds once the fourth-quarter rolled along beginning with another Abrahamson touchdown run, this time from nine-yards out and capping off another nine-play drive spanning 60 yards in length. That capped off another strong scoring night for the senior which officially moved him into fourth place all-time on the Van Meter touchdowns list with 44.
Fellow senior and starting quarterback Anthony Potthoff picked up his eighth passing touchdown of the season on a 16-yard pitch and catch with Zach Madden to boost the lead 21-0 with under six minutes left in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game for the Bulldogs came with under two minutes left in the game when Dalten Van Pelt carried the ball for three yards into the end-zone for the 28-0 lead.
Overall, the Bulldog offense captured 258 yards of total offense broken down into 258 rushing yards and 85 passing yards. The offense did suffer a turnover for the second straight game but did force a turnover on the defensive end yet again. Abrahamson led the rushing attack with 122 yards while Potthoff led both teams in passing with 85 yards on 4-of-8 passing for the game. Defensively, Korbin Barck and Parker Fryar led the way with four solo tackles each followed by Brett Berg and Hunter Coyle with three.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be the regular-season finale against Clarinda next Friday in Van Meter. It will be just the second time the Bulldogs and the Cardinals will square off and it will begin at 7 p.m. from Bulldog stadium.