Second-ranked Eagles fly past Hawks

Woodward-Granger tailback Tanner Vermaas races toward open space off the left end of the line against Des Moines Christian Sept. 30.

PELLA — Possessed of the highest-scoring offense in all 11-man football classes, Class 1A second-ranked Pella Christian clicked on all cylinders in a 49-8 win over Woodward-Granger Friday.

The Eagles (9-0, 7-0) rushed for 313 yards on 36 carries and threw for 234 yards, scoring four times on the ground and three times through the air. The Hawks (3-6, 3-4) were limited to 106 rushing yards on 34 carries and just 66 yards passing. The loss was the final prep game for W-G seniors John Stucker and Tanner Vermaas.

David Kacmarynski was 16-of-25 for 234 yards and three touchdowns passing. Levi Jungling (7-141, 1 TD), Hayden Vroom (4-62, 1 TD), Caleb Roose (3-29, 1 TD) and Graham Howerzyl (2-2) all caught aerials; Jungling scored on a 25-yard connection, Vroom from 13-yards out and Roose on a 5-yard completion.

Kacmarynski ran 10 times for 131 yards, with Miles Wichart (18-110, 2 TDs), Noah Triemer (1-51, 1 TD) and Jungling (2-7, 1 TD) doing the most damage on the ground. Triemer’s TD came from 51 yards away and Jungling from seven while Wichart scored on a short run and another of 21 yards.

Jungling, Kacmarynski and Connor Dunsbergen each had an interception for the Eagles, with eight tackles from Kacmarynski leading the defense.

Brendan Bird was 5-12-3 for 30 yards, Patyon Tague 1-of-2 for 28 yards and Bryce Achnebach 1-of-2 for eight yards to account for the W-G passing attack. Tague hit J.P. Nixon for 28 yards and Achenbach found Tague for eight yards while Bird connected with Josh Saak three times for 15 yards and with Austin Scharlau twice for 15 yards.

Vermaas ran 23 times for 88 yards, scoring from 41 yards out on the final carry of his prep carrer. Logan Canova caught the two-point conversion pass.

Tague (4-6), Scharlau (3-6), Bird (3-2) and Reese Jamison (1-4) also ran the ball for the visitors.

Scharlau led the defense with eight tackles, with Devan Kirkman making 6.5 stops and Joe Sturgeon six. Both Saak and Sturgeon fell on Eagle fumbles.

Vermaas finished the season with 1,367 yards and 21 TDs on 221 carries. He bows out with 3,062 career yards on 536 rushes, scoring 34 times on the ground.

The Woodward-Granger cheerleaders helped keep spirits up throughout the season.
The Woodward-Granger cheerleaders helped keep spirits up throughout the season.


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