Big plays help NP improve to 2-0

JEFFERSON – Big plays from Matthew Cox on offense and Braedon Ingersoll on defense were enough to lift the North Polk football team to a 27-13 victory over Greene County Friday in Jefferson.

Playing in its final tune-up before district play, North Polk built a 27-6 lead and held on to improve to 2-0 on the season.

"We made some progress from last week," North Polk head coach Evan Groepper said. "We didn’t play as well in the special teams game, which hurt our field position all night, but we played turnover-free football, which is something we feel is important for our success. The defense also played a lot more soundly this week; we were in position and played with better technique."

Cox scored North Polk’s first and last touchdowns on big plays. He had a 71-yard jaunt in the first quarter to put North Polk up 7-0 and get things rolling for the Comets.

After a Riah Nelsen touchdown run pulled Greene County within 7-6 in the second quarter, Garrett Moeckly capped off a Comet drive with a 3-yard touchdown run as North Polk took a 14-6 lead at the half.

Greene County threatened to score in the third quarter, but Ingersoll made the defensive play of the game to deal a huge blow to any Ram thoughts of a comeback. Ingersoll stepped in front of a Daric Whipple pass and returned it an impressive 85 yards for a touchdown to put the Comets up 20-6 in the third.

Cox then came through with his second long touchdown to ice the game in the fourth quarter. This time Cox found pay dirt from 49 yards out off a pass from Cole Jackson to push North Polk’s lead to 27-6.

"We had three big plays we scored on and that was the difference," Groepper said. "We were missing those big plays in week one."

Nelsen had his second touchdown run of the game for Greene County in the fourth quarter, but it was far too little, too late for the Rams, who dropped to 0-2.

For the game North Polk totaled 287 yards.

Cox ran for 119 yards on just nine carries and he also totaled 62 yards receiving on four catches. Jackson completed 8 of 13 passes for 91 yards with no interceptions and he ran for 13 yards, Moeckly picked up 44 yards on the ground, Alec White ran for 20 yards and Landon Schuessler made three catches for 29 yards.

North Polk held Greene County to 227 yards and forced two turnovers on defense. The Rams only picked up 119 yards rushing on 33 carries.

Jon Lackore made nine tackles, Blake Brauer had eight, Collin Hoshaw finished with six and Ingersoll, Austin Williams and Schuessler chipped in four apiece. Schuessler also came through with an interception.

Whipple completed 7 of 15 passes for 85 yards with two interceptions and he also ran for 47 yards for Greene County. T.J. Lint caught five passes for 65 yards, J.C. Weitl completed one pass for 23 yards and he also ran for 20 yards and Nelsen ran for 13 yards.

Next up for North Polk is a road game versus Roland-Story (0-2) to start Class 2A District 7 competition. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in Story City.

North Polk 27, Greene County 13

NP 7 7 6 7 – 27

GC 0 6 0 7 – 13

Scoring

First quarter

NP – Matthew Cox 71 run (Carter Hartwig kick)

Second quarter

GC – Riah Nelsen 12 run (kick failed)

NP – Garrett Moeckly 3 run (Hartwig kick)

Third quarter

NP – Braedon Ingersoll 85 interception return (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

NP – Cox 49 pass from Cole Jackson (Hartwig kick)

GC – Nelsen 1 run (Nick Schroeder kick)

Team statistics NP GC

First downs 15 12

Rushes-yards 35-196 33-119

Passing 8-13-0 8-16-2

Passing yards 91 108

Total yards 287 227

Fumbles lost 0 0

Punts-average 6-28.0 4-44.0

Penalties-yards 7-45 10-84

Individual statistics

Rushing: NP – Matthew Cox 9-119, Garrett Moeckly 16-44, Alec White 6-20, Cole Jackson 4-13. GC – Daric Whipple 9-47, JC Weitl 7-20, Jeremy Scheuermann 4-19, Riah Nelsen 2-13, Jordan Challen 5-8, Dylan Hamilton 3-7, T.J. Lint 3-5.

Passing: NP – Jackson 8-13-0-91. GC – Whipple 7-15-2-85, Weitl 1-1-0-23.

Receiving: NP – Cox 4-62, Landon Schuessler 3-29, Grant Schiltz 1-0. GC – Lint 5-65, Tyler Beger 1-23, Max Neese 1-12, Scheuermann 1-8.

Tackles: NP – Jon Lackore 9, Blake Brauer 8, Collin Hoshaw 6.

Interceptions: NP – Braedon Ingersoll, Schuessler.