by Peyton Ritzertemail@example.com
The Eagles’ season ended in the round of 16 with a loss to Van Meter. After starting 0-2, the Eagles finished with a record of 6-4.
Pella Christian got off to a slow start in the 2020 season as the Eagles opened with losses to Des Moines Christian and Prairie City-Monroe.
“After starting 0-2 I felt a sense of urgency within the program to get the show on the road,” says senior Zach De Vries, “I knew we weren’t living up to our potential. We exploded into week 3 and proved we were a good team.”
The Eagles opened district play with a victories over Central Decatur by a score of 42-6, and previously undefeated I-35 by a score of 21-18, but the momentum was lost at Mount Ayr as the Eagles fell, 28-7.
Senior Cody Boender says, “The Mount Ayr game was a tough loss, we came out flat and it hurt us in the game. Looking into the Pleasantville game, we knew it was a must-win.”
With undefeated Pleasantville on the horizon, Pella Christian needed a big win. With the offence clicking on all cylinders, the Eagles filled that need by defeating the Trojans 34-27.
De Vries says, “After Pleasantville I felt as if our hard work had finally paid off. Having an offensive game and exploding into the game with a touchdown after three plays is something I will always remember.”
The final game of the regular season arrived as the Eagles took on Colfax-Mingo on Senior Night. Boender had a monster game rushing for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns on 8 carries. Boender and the Eagles raced past the Tigerhawks.
Junior Eric Mulder says, “I felt very confident in our team’s ability to make plays when it mattered most, and that we were going to do well in the playoffs.”
The momentum was back on Pella Christian’s side going into the state playoffs. The Eagles took on the Hudson Pirates and came away with a hard-fought victory. Up next was Panorama in the round of 32.
With a high powered offense, Panorama was projected to win by 26 points, but the Eagles had something to prove. With a big defensive stop late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles clinched the game and hung on to win 21-19.
“After beating Panorama, we proved we were a good team and overcame a lot of criticism to make the playoffs again,” says De Vries. “I was very excited to play Van Meter and hoped to keep the momentum going.”
Pella Christian traveled to Van Meter to take on the second ranked Bulldogs. The Eagles opened the game with a quick start, jumping out to a 14-0 lead, but the Bulldogs proved too much to handle for Pella Christian. Van Meter took a commanding lead late in the fourth to close the game as the Eagles fell 49-23.
“I think we had a great season, I know we all wanted the dome, but that wasn’t God’s plan,” says Boender.
Mulder shares, “I think the season went very well. I think we really came together as a team and improved a lot throughout the season to have a very fun and successful football season.”
Although the season didn’t end as they hoped, the Eagles felt they had a successful season and want to give all the glory to God.