Van Meter football season recap

Staff Report
Brady O'Brien takes down the Western Christian ball carrier at the UNI-Dome on Nov. 12.

Van Meter's undefeated season just ended Saturday, Nov. 12 at the UNI-Dome. The Bulldogs were playing Western Christian in the State Semifinal game, when the Wolfpack took home the win, 35-14 and moved on to the championship game.

According to www.quikstatsiowa.com, Blake Fryar was the leading passer for the the Bulldogs this year. The quarterback completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 1,592 yards. After 102 completed passes, he had 15.6 yards per completion. As a whole, the Bulldogs completed 59.1 percent passes after 181 pass attempts and 107 completions. The Bulldogs did have 1,689 passing yards with an average of 15.8 yards per completion as a team.

Carson Rhodes was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs on the season. Rhodes had 265 rush attempts for 1,859 yards and seven yards per carry. Fryar was another leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 342 rushing yards after 70 rush attempts. Fryar averaged 4.6 yards per carry. As a team, the Bulldogs had 446 rush attempts for 2,628 yards, they averaged 5.9 yards per carry.

J.J. Durflinger was the leading receiver of the team. With 17 receptions and 420 yards, Durflinger had 24.7 yards per catch by the end of the season. He was closely followed by Anthony Lowman with 408 receiving yards after 21 receptions. Lowman averaged 19.4 yards per catch.

The Bulldogs finished the season with 70 touchdowns (46 rushing, 17 receiving, 7 returning). They also managed to have three field goals, 62 PATs and one two-point conversion. Rhodes was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with all 30 of his touchdowns being rushing touchdowns. Gordon had the second most points of the season for the Bulldogs. He had four rushing touchdowns, all three fields goals and 57 PATs. Lowman also had a good portion of the points for the team by the end of the season. Lowman had eight total touchdowns, six receiving touchdowns and two punt returns.

Gordon also led the Bulldogs in defensive tackles for the season. He had a total of 54 tackles, 34 of which were solo tackles and 20 that were tackle assists. The Bulldogs with the second most tackled by the end of the season tied with 48 total tackles and were Derek Golwitzer and Dylan Boles. Golwitzer had 18 solo tackles and 30 tackle assists while Boles had 23 solo tackles and 25 tackle assists. Boles also had the most sacks for the team with five solo sack and .5 sack assists. With 289 solo tackles and 275.5 tackle assists, the Bulldogs finished their season with 564.5 tackles. The Bulldogs also had 17 solo sacks and three sack assists.

The Bulldogs had a very successful season. They were district champions for the fourth consecutive year and made it to the final four for the third time in those four years.