The football team had a historic year. They dominated the competition going 14-0. The highest point total they have allowed this whole year is 17 points. The team has had seasons where they have won districts and have made the playoffs, but never before have they been 3A State Champions.
The season started off with a bang. They beat Washington 35-0 in the town of Washington. Then, the next four games, they scored a total of 172 points and only gave up a total of 34 points going 4-0 through the four games.
Then, they had a tough game against Carlisle in the town of Carlisle. It was a game that tested the offense and showed that the defense was going to be one of the best in the state. They beat Carlisle 17-6. The defense scored one of the two touchdowns that game. But, it showed that the defense is resilient.
The Dutch answered back in a big way. They finished the season scoring a total of 200 points and only let up a total of 22 points. They dominated the competition- Newton, Saydel, and Chariton. They dominated the teams with their one two punch of offense and defense.
Next up, the playoffs. They defeated Fairfield 41-0. Then, they went on to defeat Newton one more time 56-14. One more game left between them and the dome against Washington who knocked them out of the playoffs last year. But, it wasn’t that same as the year before. Pella won 31-14 and claimed a spot in the Dome for the first time since 2010.
The Dutch had a tough opponent up next. In the Dome, they had to face number five ranked Cedar Rapids-Xavier. But, the defense of the Dutch helped insure their victory. The defense allowed zero points and only allowed 58-yards in the whole game. They stood tall and dominated Xavier 31-0. They were moving to the 3A State Championship game against Sioux City-Heelan.
The Dutch started of the game well, scoring on their first drive of the game. But, 3 turnovers in the first half put Heelan up 17-14. But, the Dutch didn’t stop. They scored 3 more touchdowns in the second half and didn’t let up any points. They won 38-17, and they had won their first state championship in football.
The Pella Dutch had an amazing season. They had five all-state players, nine first team all-district players, seven honorable mention all-district players, and 28 players on the Academic All-District list. They had multiple accomplishments this season, but none of them greater than bringing home a state championship trophy to the town of Pella.