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Bulldogs break into top 10 with big win at Colfax

Photo courtesy of Margo Suckow Ben Flaherty had one of five Van Meter interceptions in a 67-19 win at Colfax-Mingo on Sept. 13.
Photo courtesy of Margo Suckow Ben Flaherty had one of five Van Meter interceptions in a 67-19 win at Colfax-Mingo on Sept. 13.

The Van Meter football dominated from the get-go in a 67-19 thrashing at Colfax-Mingo Sept. 13.

Grant Gordon returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, the first of eight scores for the Bulldogs in the first half. The team scored nine rushing touchdowns and ran for 397 yards. Brandon Brittain ran for 104 yards and four scores, Cody Blackwell ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns and Brady O’Brien scored twice in the second half to finish with eight carries for 28 yards. Ben Trent carried six times for 90 yards and Brennan Dostal ran for 55 yards.

The Bulldogs’ running capabilities are a testament to a strong offensive line, coach Eric Trudo said.

“Everything starts up front, whether that is offensively or defensively,” he said. “Our offensive line has played very well, and those guys have earned a lot of credit for our offensive production. They are allowing us the time for our players to make plays in the passing game, as well as giving our ball carriers room to run.”

The Van Meter defense squelched a potent C-M offense by grabbing five interceptions by Blackwell, Trent, Ben Flaherty, Grant Hoppes and Jake Koch. Parker Suckow collected six tackles and two sacks and Spencer Benton had four tackles and two sacks, helping to hand the Tigerhawks their first loss of the year.

With the win, Van Meter improved to 3-0 and is ranked 10th in Class 1A by the Associated Press. The Bulldogs will take the field on Friday for a homecoming game against 3-0 Ogden.

“We need to continue to play a physical brand of football, and play well as a team,” Trudo said.

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