Indians Come Out On Top Over The Eagles

The Oskaloosa Indians claimed victory over neighbors Pella Christian on Friday night 29-22.

by Jamie Brockman

Oskaloosa opened the football season with a 29-22 win over Pella Christian at Lacey Stadium Friday night. As usual, week one exposed some areas that need improvement; however, there were plenty of bright spots for the Indians.

Losing quarterback Cole Henry and running back Casey Hill to graduation, who combined for over 3000 yards and over 40 touchdowns last season, there were obvious questions to be answered coming into the season opener.

With new faces on the offensive and defensive lines, quarterback, and running back positions, who would be the playmakers this year. Will Schultz, a Sophomore, making his first varsity start at quarterback quickly emerged as one of those playmakers.

Schultz showed he’s a double threat as he rushed 27 times for 112 yards and a touchdown while completing 11 of 22 passes for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Schultz looked poised and comfortable in the pocket all night long and ran the ball hard. Senior Tyler Miller, who was the Indians leading receiver a year ago, has made a move to tailback this year and also was impressive. Miller carried the ball twelve times for 37 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 21 yards.

Another Senior Wyatt Krier also shined on both sides of the ball. Krier scored the Indians first touchdown on a 24-yard reception from Schultz while also intercepting a pass on defense.

Following a scoreless first quarter, Oskaloosa scored just 30 seconds into the second quarter when Schultz connected with Krier for a 24-yard touchdown, capping off a five-play 47-yard drive. The P.A.T. was no good, and the Indians held a 6-0 lead.

Three minutes later the Indians once again had a short field to work with a finished a five-play 28-yard drive with a three-yard run by Miller. The P.A.T. was successful, giving Osky a 13-0 lead.

Pella Christian answered with a six-play 68-yard drive, scoring on a seven-yard run by Dan Jungling. Cody Boender completed the two-point conversion, and the Eagles pulled within 13-8. With 2:24 remaining in the second quarter, Boender scored on a four-yard run, and Jungling completed the two-point conversion putting the Eagles ahead 16-13. Oskaloosa wasn’t done, as the Indians finished an impressive nine-play 68-yard drive on a one-yard run by Schultz with just one second remaining. The P.A.T. failed, and the Indians headed to the locker room leading 19-13.

Pella Christian grabbed the lead back in the third quarter, finishing a 60-yard drive on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jungling to Jase Amelse. The P.A.T. failed, and the Eagles held a 22-19 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Oskaloosa ended the third quarter inside the Eagles 20-yard line and opened the fourth quarter with a 31-yard field goal from Sophomore Carson Genskow tying the game at 22-22. Osky sealed the deal with 5:37 remaining on a two-yard touchdown run by Miller to get the 29-22 win.

For the game, Oskaloosa tallied 345 yards of total offense. They rushed 42 times for 146 yards while completing 12-24 passes for 199 yards. Schultz completed eleven of twenty-two passes in his varsity debut for 199 yards with a touchdown and interception. Schultz connected with seven different receivers led by Cale Holmberg with three grabs for 41 yards. Noah Van Veldhuizen caught one for 40 yards, Krier caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Isaac Schultz hauled in two passes for 25 yards, and Cooper Spry caught two for 24 yards.

Schultz led the Indians ground game with 27 rushes for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Miller carried twelve times for 37 tards.

Defensively, Miller, Colin Snitker, and Krier each had nine tackles. Cody Gunn was credited with seven, Colton Butler had six and Mason Ford had five. Krier also had one interception, and Noah Van Veldhuizen had a fumble recovery.

Oskaloosa starts their season 1-0 and will travel to Washington Friday night for week two with a 7:30 pm kickoff.

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