No. 1 Pella overpowers Nevada

Joe Randleman, Sports Writer
A.J. Strottman ran for 77 yards against No. 1 Pella in his final game for the Nevada football team Friday at Cub Stadium.

NEVADA - The Nevada football team ran into a menacing force in the form of No. 1 Pella in its final game of the season Friday.

Pella was spectacular on both sides of the ball, handing the Cubs a 52-0 loss at Cub Stadium.

“We played a great Pella team Friday night,” Nevada head football coach Andy Kleeman said. “It was a good opportunity to see what it takes to be successful in our class.”

The Cubs were outscored 38-0 in the first half. Pella’s Nick Finney threw two touchdown passes, ran for two scores and also returned an interception 40 yards for six and Sam Warner found the end zone twice for the Little Dutch.

In the second half Warner caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Gustafson and Izaiah Coulter added a 3-yard scoring run for Pella.

Despite the lopsided defeat, Kleeman said his players didn’t quit going up against the defending Class 3A state champions.

“I thought our kids gave great effort, as they always do,” Kleeman said.

Nevada was held to 149 yards of total offense.

In his first start at quarterback, Cam Shill completed 6 of 16 passes for 54 yards with two interceptions. Shill also ran for 12 yards.

A.J. Strottman stood tall against the No. 1 team in his final game for Nevada. Strottman ran for 77 yards on 21 carries.

Preston Shill made one catch for 22 yards, Ross Mitchell had three grabs for 20 yards, Om’Unique Wilkerson made one catch for eight yards and Matt Chitty caught one ball for four yards. Jakob Strottman chipped in seven yards rushing for the Cubs.

On defense, Matthew Fortmann stepped up with 5.5 tackles and a sack and Trent Stahl tallied five tackles. Strottman and Jack Higgins delivered four tackles apiece and Sam Abraham finished with 3.5.

Nevada completed its season with a 3-6 overall record and a 2-5 Class 3A District 6 record. Kleeman said it will be tough to see a senior class depart that led Nevada to two district victories against 3A competition for the first time since 2005.

“I’m really proud of our seniors and all they contributed to help us improve this season,” Kleeman said. “They will be missed.”

Pella will take a 9-0 record into the playoffs. Finney threw for 218 yards and ran for 54 and Warner had 148 yards receiving and 27 rushing for the Little Dutch against Nevada.

Pella 52, Nevada 0

P 19 19 7 7 - 52

N 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring

First quarter

P - Nick Finney 12 run (Kaden Miedema kick), 11:34.

P - Finney 40 interception return (kick failed), 11:09.

P - Reece Schnell 2 run (kick failed), 4:30.

Second quarter

P - Sam Warner 18 pass from Finney (pass failed), 6:59.

P - Warner 2 run (kick failed), 3:53.

P - Finney 6 run (Miedema kick), 0:22.

Third quarter

P - Warner 78 pass from Ryan Gustafson (Miedema kick), 2:55.

Fourth quarter

P - Izaiah Coulter 3 run (Miedema kick), 3:32.

Team statistics P N

First downs 21 8

Rushes-yards 24-159 30-95

Passing 13-18-0 6-17-2

Passing yards 296 54

Total yards 455 149

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Punts-average 2-37.5 6-34.2

Penalties-yards 8-58 4-23

Individual statistics

Rushing: P - Nick Finney 9-54, Izaiah Coulter 4-48, Sam Warner 4-27, Reece Schnell 3-19, Gabe Thomas 3-8, Ryan Gustafson 1-3. N - A.J. Strottman 21-77, Cam Shill 6-12, Jakob Strottman 2-7, Om’Unique Wilkerson 1-(-1).

Passing: P - Finney 12-17-0-218. Gustafson 1-1-78. N - Shill 6-16-2-54, Zac Sharp 0-1-0-0.

Receiving: P - Warner 4-148, Curtis Ware 2-61, Drew Pringle 1-52, Ryan Van Wyk 2-22, Donovan Holterhaus 4-13. N - Preston Shill 1-22, Ross Mitchell 3-20, Wilkerson 1-8, Matt Chitty 1-4.

Tackles: P - Jake Heerema 6.5, Lucas Warner 4, Schnell 3.5, Julian Viersen 3.5. N - Matthew Fortmann 5.5, Trent Stahl 5, A. Strottman 4, Jack Higgins 4, Sam Abraham 3.5.

Sacks: P - Keegan Poole. N - Fortmann.

Interceptions: P - Finney 2.