NP wins wild 35-33 affair

ALLEMAN – A great offensive stretch over the second and third quarters enabled the North Polk football team to rally past Bondurant-Farrar for an exciting 35-33 non-district victory to begin the 2013 season Friday in Alleman.

After falling behind 13-0 the Comets exploded for 21 points over a 4 ½ minute stretch in the second quarter. The game was a dogfight after that, with North Polk doing just enough to get the job done.

"The game was up and down, but our guys stayed steady," North Polk head coach Evan Groepper said. "We had contributions from a lot of different people, some seeing their first varsity action. We made enough mistakes that we feel fortunate to win, but at the same time the majority of the plays we played well enough to deserve the win."

Garrett Moeckly got North Polk on the board at the five-minute, 50-second mark of the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run and Carter Hartwig added the extra point to pull the Comets within 13-7. North Polk took the lead just over two minutes later when Moeckly again found the end zone – this time from two yards out – and Hartwig followed with the PAT conversion.

The Comets took a 21-13 lead with 1:26 left in the first half thanks to the first career touchdown from tailback Matt Cox. Cox found pay dirt from seven yards out.

But North Polk was unable to keep the momentum going into halftime as Bondurant-Farrar put its third touchdown on the board with just 43 seconds left. Bluejay quarterback Drake Fuller hooked up with Dillon Stafford on a touchdown pass for the second time, this one coming from 20 yards out.

Stafford missed the extra point to give North Polk a two-point lead at the break.

The fireworks for both teams continued in the third quarter.

Bondurant-Farrar regained the lead with 8:24 left in the third when Jarrid Clark hauled in an 8-yard touchdown reception to put the Bluejays up, 26-21.

North Polk answered back with a strong drive that ended with a 17-yard Moeckly touchdown scamper. The Comets followed with a defensive stop and with 1:39 left in the third Cole Jackson scored on a 2-yard run to put his team up two scores at 35-26.

Bondurant-Farrar made things interesting in the fourth quarter as an 11-yard Grant Petersen touchdown run pulled the Bluejays within two with 7:30 left. But North Polk buckled down to fend off Bondurant-Farrar in crunch time to secure the victory.

"It was a good win for us," Groepper said. "But we need to get better if we want to go on the road and beat a Greene County team that will be very familiar with us."

North Polk ended up with 406 yards compared to 376 for Bondurant-Farrar.

The ground game was the key to success for the Comets as they piled up 305 yards rushing on 52 carries. North Polk had great balance running the ball as Jackson ran for 98 yards on 14 carries, Moeckly picked up 94 on 16 attempts, Cox ran for 89 on 11 totes and Alec White chipped in 56 on 10 attempts.

Jackson also completed 10 of 20 passes for 101 yards with no interceptions. Wyatt Johnson caught two passes for 38 yards, Grant Schiltz made three grabs for 22 yards, Landon Schuessler had two catches for 12 yards, Austin Williams snared one reception for a 14-yard gain, Braedon Ingersoll caught a 10-yard pass and White made one 5-yard reception.

The Comets had two turnovers on offense, both the result of a fumble.

On defense Jackson made seven tackles and he also intercepted a pass. Ben Bruggeman also stepped up as he had two tackles, one sack and an interception.

Mason Weiss tallied three tackles and a sack, Ingersoll made seven stops and Blake Brauer and Jon Lackore each had five.

Fuller was 13 of 29 for 166 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions through the air for Bondurant-Farrar and he also ran for 64 yards. Petersen ran for 135 yards on 15 carries, Stafford caught seven passes for 93 yards and Clark made three receptions for 42 yards.

Michael Kruger led the Bluejays in tackles with 10 and Stafford and Cole Schlenker made eight stops apiece.

Next up for North Polk is a Greene County team that is 0-1 after a 45-14 loss to Perry in its opener. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Jefferson.

North Polk 35, Bondurant-Farrar 33

BF 6 13 7 7 – 33

NP 0 21 14 0 – 35

Scoring

First quarter

BF – Dillon Stafford 36 pass from Drake Fuller (kick failed), 9:37

Second quarter

BF – Stafford 7 pass from Fuller (Stafford kick), 8:38

NP – Garrett Moeckly 1 run (Carter Hartwig kick), 5:50

NP – Moeckly 2 run (Hartwig kick), 3:35

NP – Matt Cox 7 run (Hartwig kick), 1:26

BF – Stafford 20 pass from Fuller (kick failed), 0:43

Third quarter

BF – Jarrid Clark 8 pass from Fuller (Stafford kick), 8:24

NP – Moeckly 17 run (Hartwig kick), 4:08

NP – Cole Jackson 2 run (Hartwig kick), 1:39

Fourth quarter

BF – Grant Petersen 11 run (Stafford kick), 7:30

Team statistics BF NP

First downs 20 25

Rushes-yards 31-211 52-305

Passing 13-29-2 10-20-0

Passing yards 166 101

Total yards 377 406

Fumbles lost 0 2

Punts-average 2-33.0 3-36.0

Individual statistics

Rushing: BF – Grant Petersen 15-135, Drake Fuller 10-64. NP – Cole Jackson 14-98, Garrett Moeckly 16-94, Matt Cox 11-89, Alec White 10-56.

Passing: BF – Fuller 13-29-2-166. NP – Jackson 10-20-0-101.

Receiving: BF – Dillon Stafford 7-93, Jarrid Clark 3-42. NP – Wyatt Johnson 2-38, Grant Schiltz 3-22, Landon Schuessler 2-12, Austin Williams 1-14, Braedon Ingersoll 1-10, White 1-5.

Tackles: NP – Ingersoll 7, Jackson 7, Blake Brauer 5, Williams 5, Jon Lackore 5.

Sacks: NP – Ben Bruggeman, Masson Weiss.

Interceptions: NP – Bruggeman, Jackson.