Oskaloosa Offense Dominates In Win Over Keokuk

The Indians had their way with the Chief's Friday night 56-14.

The Indians won big over the Chief’s Friday night 56-14.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Indians won big over the Keokuk Chiefs on Friday night to move to 5-2 on the season, and 4-1 in district play.

Oskaloosa travels to Washington on Friday night to determine who most likely will earn the remaining playoff spot in the district. Washington is also 4-1 in district play, and 6-1 overall.

For the Indians, it was Senior Night, and Oskaloosa Head Coach Jake Jenkins said that the desire to play well is part of the night. “We just came out wanting to finish on a really good note.”

The game was potentially the last home game of the season for the Indians, as the team will finish the season on the road.

During the first half of play, Jenkins worked to get all seniors into the game, and with all the substitution taking place, communication became difficult at times. “I think we got everybody in that could go in.”

“It’s all about these guys. They said they want to win in dominant fashion,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins has spoken before about how district play seems to be blowouts, but says Friday night will be a different story. “Washington is a top-notch program. This is a big game. We go into Washington, we’ve got to find a way to improve, and we need to be solid all over the place.”

After the game, the team went back to the field to take photos with family and friends. “If this is our last game at home, which it might be, this is a good sendoff for those guys,” added Jenkins.

The Indians overtook the Chief’s 56-14, on 469 yards of total offense.

276 of those yards came on the ground, while an additional 193 were gained in the passing game on a total of 39 plays.

Senior Seth Howard had 133 yards of rushing on five attempts, resulting in 4 touchdowns. Aaron Blom had 48 yards on four attempts and a touchdown for the Indians.

Casey Hill rushed for 41 yards on three carries, while Walker Newman had 26 yards on five carries.

Jarad Kruse had two receptions for 69 yards and a miraculous one-handed catch for an Indian TD. Casey Hill also had two receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Alex DeJong picked off Keokuk’s TyJai Mueller at the Indians 9-yard line and returned it for a touchdown, with 3:29 remaining in the 2nd quarter.

Defensively, DJ Miles had nine total tackles, while Jaden Van Roekel kept the hits coming with eight tackles of his own.

Tanner DeKock had five tackles on the night, while Blake Van Veldhuizen added four more.

A host of Indians had two tackles or more, as they dominated the line during the contest.

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