Belle Plaine Overcomes Pregame Injury to Start With a Win
By Mike Condon, Correspondent
BELLE PLAINE – Sometimes in Class A football you have to make adjustments on the fly.
Belle Plaine had to make one moments before kickoff with their opener Friday night with North Mahaska.
Plainsmen freshman Cody Northrop suffered a broken arm during pregame drills. Northrop wasn't expected to play much, but his father, Justy Northrop, is the team's defensive coordinator.
"He took off with his son to the hospital," said Belle Plaine coach Todd Bohlen. "I thought our second-year coach J.D. Wonderly stepped in and did a great job as defensive coordinator."
All Wonderly's crew did was pitch a shutout, holding North Mahaska to 124 total yards en route to a 28-0 win at Douglas Field.
The Plainsmen controlled the game from the start, but turnovers and penalties kept them from winning by even a wider margin.
"We can learn a lot from this game," Bohlen said. "We were missing a few key guys tonight because of academic issues and we had some young guys really step up."
Junior Adam Daily came on in the second half to finish with 171 yards rushing on 20 carries, capping his night with a 29-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
"He did a good job for us tonight," Bohlen said. "He did some good things for us."
The Plainsmen finished with 279 yards on the ground and quarterback Ryan Zumbach was solid, throwing for 158 yards and a pair of scores.
After a scoreless first quarter, Belle Plaine scored twice in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter on a safety when North Mahaska covered its own fumble in the end zone and on a 35-yard pass from Zumbach to Tyler Striegel.
The defense made a big stand late in the half. Leading 16-0, the Plainsmen saw North Mahaska drive to the 9-yard line. But the defense stood tall to keep the visitors out of the end zone.
"That was a big series," Bohlen said. "If they score, it could have been a different game in the second half."
Belle Plaine 28
North Mahaska 0
At Belle Plaine
First downs 8 17
Rushes-yards 30-75 44-279
Passing-yards 49 158
Comp-att-int 6-16-49 9-13-1
Punts-avg. 7-34.3 1-23.0
Fumbles-lost 5-2 7-2
Penalties-yards 2-30 5-57
North Mahaska 0 0 0 0 0
Belle Plaine 0 16 0 12 16
BP – Safety, North Mahaska recovered own fumble in end zone
BP – Tyler Striegel 35 pass from Ryan Zumbach (Brent Stull pass from Zumbach)
BP – Vance Bohlen 25 pass from Zumbach (pass failed)
BP – Lance Hinschberger 15 run (kick failed)
BP – Adam Daily 29 yard run (pass failed)
Rushing North Mahaska: John Collier 9-32; Karson Stodghill 14-25 ; Beau Freeborn 5-18; Trey Rutledge 2-2. Belle Plaine: Adam Daily 20-171 ; Lance Hinschberger 13-81 ; Vance Bohlen 4-13; Ryan Zumbach 4-16; Brent Stull 1-0; Trey Squiers 1- (minus 2).
Passing North Mahaska: Beau Freeborn 6-16-1-49; Belle Plaine: Ryan Zumbach 9-13-1-158.
Receiving North Mahaska: Trey Rutledge 1-14; Justin Richards 2-13; John Collier 1-1; Zach Anderson 2-19. Belle Plaine: Vance Bohlen 4-71, Tyler Striegel 2-41, Brent Stull 1-15; Lance Hinschberger 2-17