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Turnovers lift Ballard past Carlisle: Bombers outlast Wildcats, 28-14

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Sam Petersen
Connor Drew
Mason Murphy

GILBERT - Turnovers made the difference for the Ballard football team in its 28-14 victory over Carlisle Friday.

In a game that was played at Gilbert High School due to the derecho damage done to Rich Strouse Field in Huxley, Ballard and Carlisle were as even as could be when it came to moving the football. Both teams finished with 366 yards of total offense.

But Ballard forced three Wildcat turnovers and only committed one. That was enough to give the Bombers the edge and put them at 2-0 on the season.

“Carlisle is a good team and that was a great team win for us,” Ballard co-head coach Corey Vespestad said. “Coach (Kyle) Howard and I are very proud of how we practiced last week.  We have a lot of great leaders on this team with the seniors leading the way.”

Connor Drew had two 18-yard touchdown passes for Ballard - one to Sam Petersen in the second quarter and another to Mason Murphy in the third. The Bomber quarterback also ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter, finishing the game with 179 yards passing and 37 rushing.

After Murphy’s touchdown grab put Ballard up 21-14 Petersen ran one in from 20 yards out in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Murphy caught four passes for 93 yards and also ran for 15 yards and Petersen finished with 118 yards rushing and 21 receiving.

Jacob Ihle chipped in four catches for 46 yards, Wil Jennings ran for 21 yards and Kyler Watson made a 17-yard reception for the Bombers.

Kale Krogh led Ballard defensively with nine tackles. Petersen made five stops and recovered a fumble, Connor Finch had 5.5 tackles and a fumble recovery and Nick Wacha also tallied 5.5 tackles.

Carlisle fell to 1-1 with the loss. Karson Dunn ran for 152 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and he also threw for 128 yards for the Wildcats.

Nic Goodhue added 53 yards and one touchdown rushing and two catches for 51 yards for Carlisle.

Ballard will face a tough test again this Friday. The Bombers travel to Webster City to face a Lynx team that is also 2-0.

“This week we must continue to focus on getting better,” Vespestad said. “We have to prepare for a very physical and well-coached team from Webster City. “ 

Ballard’s game with Webster City starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Webster City.

Ballard 28, Carlisle 14

C    7    0    7   0 - 14

B    7    7    6   8 - 28

First quarter

B - Connor Drew 7 run (Obi Soash kick).

C - Karson Dunn 95 run (Garrett Pienkowski kick).

Second quarter

B - Sam Petersen 18 pass from Drew (Soash kick).

Third quarter

C - Goodhue 8 run (Pienkowski kick).

B - Mason Murphy 18 pass from Drew (kick failed).

Fourth quarter

B - Petersen 20 run (Petersen run).

Team statistics C B

Rushes-yards 33-238 40-187

Passing 9-18-1 12-18-1

Passing yards 128 179

Total yards 366 366

Fumbles lost 2 0

Punts-average 2-28.0 2-37.5

Individual statistics

Rushing: C - Karson Dunn 14-152, Nic Goodhue 10-53, Archer Ogbourne 4-18, Jonathan Dunn 3-10, Tyson Guard 1-3, Carter Prenosil 1-2. B - Sam Petersen 15-118, Connor Drew 12-37, Wil Jennings 10-21, Mason Murphy 3-15.

Passing: C - Dunn 9-18-1-128. Drew 12-18-1-179.

Receiving: C - Goodhue 2-51, Jacob Imhoff 4-40, Cejay Whisler 2-30, Justin Neely 1-7. B - Murphy 4-93, Jacob Ihle 4-46, Petersen 2-21, Kyler Watson 1-17, Nolan Schonhorst 1-2.

Tackles: C - Whistler 6.5, Goodhue 5.5, Ogbourne 5, J. Dunn 4.5, Prenosil 4. B - Kale Krogh 9, Nick Wacha 5.5, Connor Finch 5.5, Petersen 5, Logan Harmeyer 3.5. 

Fumble recoveries: B - Petersen, Finch. 

Interceptions: C - Whistler. B - Murphy.