Late rally comes up shy for W-G

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Woodward-Granger's Tate Lettow falls forward after gaining nine yards on this play against Pleasantville Oct. 11. Lettow, who had 129 yards Friday at Pella Christian, is currently the fourth-leading rusher in Class 1A with 1,190 yards.

PELLA — A pair of second-half touchdowns — the later with just over a minute to play — came up just short of lifting visiting Woodward-Granger to a victory Friday over Pella Christian in a Class 1A District 7 showdown.

The Eagles (4-4, 4-0) held a 14-0 lead at the break, then stopped both two-point conversion attempts from the Hawks (5-3, 3-1) to preserve a 14-12 victory.

The hosts had scored when quarterback Dan Jungling broke free for a 34-yard touchdown, with Jase Amelse finding the end zone on an eight-yard plunge. Jungling added a two-point conversion run for the halftime advantage.

W-G finally moved the scoreboard when Tate Lettow burst through tacklers for a 14-yard TD with 4:06 to play in the third quarter. The score was set up by Bryce Achenbach’s interception and 17-yard return. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the guests with a 14-6 deficit.

Reese Jamison hit on just two of eight passes for 18 yards, both to Achenbach. One went for 10 yards, but their eight-yard connection with 1:28 remaining in the contest brought the visitors to within 14-12, where they remained when the conversion try was denied.

Jungling was 8-13-1 passing for 87 yards for the Eagles. He added 154 rushing yards and a TD on 23 attempts, with Amelse gaining 72 yards on 20 carries.

Lettow had 129 yards and a score on 24 rushes for the Hawks, with Kade Polich (12-58) and Jamison (4-15) also carrying the ball.

Jamison (10.5), Trevor Simmons (7.5) and John McKeever (7) led W-G in tackles. Polich had five stops and two quarterback sacks, with Jamison recovering an Eagle fumble.

W-G finishes the regular season by hosting Colfax-Mingo. The Tigerhawks (3-4, 1-3) were 31-20 winners over host Woodward Academy Friday and will be making a return trip to Hawk Stadium to cap their season.

Woodward-Granger bursts onto the field for their Homecoming game Oct. 11.

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