Friday’s Interstate 35-Pella Christian Class 1-A football game was a seesaw affair for most of the first half. And then came the final two minutes, which saw the Eagles of Pella Christian score two TDs, lurching to a 29-14 lead, which didn’t stop in the second half.
Back and forth scoring
The Roadrunners kicked off to the Eagles, and the Eagles marched down field to the I-35 26-yard line. Pella Christian tried to run it on fourth and short, but ended up turning the ball over on downs.
Over on downs.
The Roadrunners ran 10 successful plays, and then Pella Christian recovered an I-35 fumble at the Eagle 11-yard line.
They began to march down field again. The quarter ended mid-drive, and the game was scoreless.
Pella Christian, however, scored on the third down of the second quarter on a TD pass from QB Dan Jungling to RB Bennett Spronk. The extra point was good, and with 11:28 remaining in the first half, Pella Christian led, 7-0.
I-35 took advantage of great field position on the kickoff, and used six plays to drive the ball into the end zone. Joey Bregar got off a 43-yard pass to Carter Bussanmas, and then Bussanmas kicked the PAT.
Then the Eagles rallied: five plays into the series, Dan Jungling scored on a 25-yard keeper.
With 7:10 remaining in the half, Pella Christian led 14-7.
The Roadrunners assembled a 10-play series that began at their own 39-yard line. Joey Bregar scored on a two-yard TD run. Bussanmas picks up the PAT, and the score is tied, 14-14, with 2:36 remaining.
And then the wheels fell off as it gradually became the Dan Jungling show.
With 1:11 remaining in the half, Jungling scored on a keeper; it’s 20-14.
There was a safety in there somewhere, if I read my notes correctly, and then with about eight seconds remaining, Jungling scored yet another TD. The Eagles convert on the PAT. Suddenly the Roadrunners are down, 29-14. And it’s halftime.
Jungling ended up scoring five rushing TDs, passing for 226 yards, and connecting with Bennett Spronk on that second-quarter 25-yard pass play. Oh, and he had a pick of Joey Bregar. Jungling single-handedly scored 30 points.
Eagle freshman Beau Bush also scored on a three-yard run. The final tally was 49-21.
Pella Christian nabbed the Class 1-A District 7 title and earned an automatic berth to the state football playoffs.
Pella Christian gets top ranked Van Meter, at Van Meter on Friday.
Be careful, Eagles, what you wish for.
Pella Christian 49, I-35 (Truro) 21
Passing: I35: Joey Bregar 7-13-2-119 (2TD). PC: Dan Jungling 17-23-0-226 (TD), Beau Bush 0-1-0-0.
Rushing: I35: Joey Bregar 10-66 9TD), Logan Cassady 12-53, Jack Smith 7-36 (TD). PC: Dan Jungling 17-155 (5TD), Jase Amelse 9-38, Beau Bush 5-21 (TD), David Willis 7-5, Ethan Milligan 3-1, Austin Van Soelen 1-(-20).
Receiving: I35: Carter Bussanmas 3-51 (TD), Jace Hildebrand 2-31, Jack Smith 1-24, Logan Cassady 1-13. PC: Bennett Spronk 9-134 (TD), Jack Vermeer 3-31, Luke Mulder 3-29, Jase Amelse 1-24, Eric Mulder 1-8.
Picks: PC: Cayden Van Dyke 1-7, Dan Jungling,
Fumble recoveries: I35: Sam Vonnahme. PC: Jase Amelse, Kyle Branderhorst.
Returns: I35: Jace Hildebrand 4-59, Carter Bussanmas 1-40, Joey Bregar 1-12, Dustin George 1-0. PC: Jase Amelse 3-110, Dan Jungling 1-24.