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Pella Christian races past Albia 49-0

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Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 11:03 am

By DAVE PAXTON

Editor and Publisher

It was another week of improvement in some areas of the game as Albia hosted Pella Christian. But there were too many “steps backward” to offset the “steps forward” in a 49-0 loss.

Unquestionably, Albia’s rushing attack got better, even with senior Jeffrey Tratchel limited to defense because of a badly sprained wrist. Junior tailback Jer McAninch pounded into a tough Eagle line 20 times for 64 yards and Cade Crall had positive net yardage, despite being sacked five times.

That’s the two steps back that the Blue Demons have to correct. Run blocking got better, pass blocking suffered as Crall struggled to find enough time to pass. He completed seven of 22 passes for just 28 yards, with virtually no time to set up.

Defensively the Blue Demons showed signs of figuring things out. Gage Wilson and Tyler Stringfellow each had interceptions and Beau Leshen and Trent Garver both had sacks. Stringfellow, Drake McKim, Leshen and Dawson Hermsen were men on a mission from the lineback corps with 12, 9, six and six tackles each. Those were defensive steps forward.

“Most of our problems had to do with lack of technique in blocking and tackling,” said Coach Scott Farrington. “It was especially evident in our ability to pass block and our defensive reads against their quarterback running the ball.

“We just go back to practice this week and teach the same lessons over again. Repitition is the hammer that fastens the thought, as Coach Staton would say.”

But the Blue Demons continued to suffer from an inability to stop the quarterback option out of a pistol offense, partly due to poor tackling, partly because the team wasn’t identifying the runner. Noah Treimer, PC’s pistol quarterback, rushed 19 times for 157 yards, almost all right up the middle of Albia’s defense. Moises Carballo had three carries for 72 yards.

Pella Christian had 111 yards passing, but 29 of those yards came on a pass from second team quarterback Brett Roose when the Eagles, inexplicably, were passing against Albia reserves, leading 35-0. Pella Christian’s final touchdown came on a 14-yard run by Trevan Cadwell to make the score 49-0.

First half

It is an understatement to say the Blue Demons did not start well. Treimer scored on a 60-yard run two plays into the game, Albia went three and out and punted and Treimer threw 55 yards to Hayden Vroom to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead with 8:54 left on the first quarter clock.

On the bright side, those were the only big plays of the night for Pella Christian. Albia’s defense buckled down and played quite a bit better the rest of the way.

On Albia second possession, McAninch gained three, Crall hit Nathan Crall for six and McAninch got the first down with a six-yard run to the 33. But Cade Crall was sacked for a loss of five and an eight yard completion to Stringfellow was short of the first down.

PC took over at the 42 after the punt, moved to the 50 and a sack by Hermsen forced a punt.

Abia started at the 24 and McAninch barreled through the line for five, six and nine yards, Crall gained nine and McAninch gained four and another first down at the 50. A block in the back penalty would essentially kill the drive, despite a brilliant 25-yard run by Cade Crall. The Blue Demons were two yards short and Shawn Good came up a yard short on the fourth down try.

Pella Christian took over at the 41 and Stringfellow cut the drive off with an interception at the 34 as the quarter ended.

The Blue Demons couldn’t muster any offense and then a bad snap on the punt attempt gave the Eagles a short field at the 24.

This might have been Albia’s best defensive stand of the night as it took PC eight plays to score on a Treimer five-yard run making the score 21-0.

Despite positive runs by McAninch and a short pass from Crall to Stringfellow, Albia came up short and punted. Pella Christian started from their 40 and in five plays scored on a 15-yard run by Kyle Fynaardt making the score 28-0 with 4:30 left in the quarter.

Runs by McAninch and Cade Crall brought the ball from the 15 to the 25 and a first down, but two incompletions forced yet another punt. Albia got a break when the Eagles fumbled at the 43. The Blue Demon offense struggled to stop the Eagles pass rush and Tratchel went back to punt again, booming a kick to the Eagle 12. Albia’s defense forced a punt and the score was 28-0 going into the half.

Second half

The third quarter started out well for the Blue Demons with McAninch picking up a first down, but Crall was sacked for a nine-yard loss and Tratchel punted again. In a sloppy series, the Eagles suffered two penalties, Garver sacked Treimer for a five-yard loss and Wilson picked off a pass to give Albia the ball at the 15 with 7:41 left.

Crall was sacked for three and completed a pass for three to Stringfellow and Albia punted.

The Eagles took over at the 46 and had gains of 14, eight, 10 and 24 for the score making it 35-0 with 4:11 left in the third.

With the continuous clock moving, Albia had a miserable series, getting called for holding and grounding and punting as the quarter ended. The punt only made it to the 29.

As the quarter ended PC Coach Rich Kacmarinski decided to air the ball out and Brett Roose completed a pass to Hayden Vroom for the score, making it 42-0 and proving nothing.

The Blue Demons weren’t going away quietly. McAninch ran twice for 11 yards each time before the drive ended. The Eagles pretty much ran the fourth quarter clock out and scored on a 13-yard run with reserves covering the field on both sides. Joe Beary ran four times for 11 yards as time expired.

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