Currently ranked number one in 3A football, the Dutch are off to a hot start. Led by quarterback Noah Clayberg, the Dutch have a record of 2-0. Clayberg has received attention throughout the state of Iowa. Being named one of the Top Individual Football Performers by Iowapreps.com for week two. I spoke with Clayberg about the future of the Pella Dutch.
Q: How do you feel about your season so far?
A: Our season so far has been going great. We have lots to improve on, but we are doing lots of things well. We made a big jump from week 1 to week 2 and I think that we will continue to make jumps for each game of the season, we plan to be our absolute best that we are able to for each game.
Q: What are your thoughts going into the game against your rival Oskaloosa?
A: Osky has some big players, but we aren’t intimidated by that. We are not going to change anything to what they do. We are going to make them change to us. If we execute and play as a team, we will be able to move the ball on them and stop them defensively.
Q: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
A: Our plans for the rest of the season is to stay focused and improve individually, which in the end will come together nicely as a whole unit.
Q: You’ve been getting a lot of attention personally for your own achievements. Do you pay attention to that stuff?
A: No, not really. I just see it as me doing my job on the team. Everyone has a role that needs to be filled, and I think my teammates embrace their roles and just have fun playing.
Q: Is it tough to live up to expectations being a very highly ranked team in the 3A division?
A: It sometimes puts extra pressure on us, but at the same time, with everyone trying to beat us out, it helps keep us focused. We are forced to mentally prepare well for every game. Because we know all those teams are working to beat us. We use it as motivation. But, we aren’t satisfied where we are right now.
You can see Clayberg and the Pella Dutch play Friday, Sept. 12 in Oskaloosa.
•Payton Belloma (firstname.lastname@example.org)