Van Meter beat Madrid at its own game on Sept. 6.
The Bulldogs accumulated 358 yards of rushing, while holding the Tigers to just 94 rushing yards, in a 35-7 victory.
It was the most rushing yards in a game for the Bulldogs since they accumulated 359 in a win against Guthrie Center on Oct. 21, 2011.
“Any time a is able to win the rushing battle, they usually have very good opportunity to control the game and get a win,” coach Eric Trudo said. “One of the best ways to defend an opponent is to keep their offense off the field. Our offense certainly controlled the game and performed very well.”
Quarterback Brandon Brittain attempted just 10 passes, instead opting for the more lucrative ground game. He carried 19 times for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Cody Blackwell shouldered a big load as well. After a first-quarter fumble set up Madrid’s only touchdown, Blackwell bounced back in convincing fashion and finished with four touchdowns and 158 yards. Three of those came in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs control.
Logan Crawford led the defense with eight tackles. Grant Hoppes and Chase Wyant added seven, and Spencer Benton counted a sack among his six tackles. Parker Suckow had six tackles and both Ben Engstrand and Grant Gordon added five.
“We played physical up front and everyone else remained focused on their assignments,” Trudo said. “It really hasn’t been one or two guys with our defense these first two weeks. Everyone has done a very good job.
“We’re just looking to continue to improve as our district will be tough every week.”
The Bulldogs will get their first look at that district this week when they travel to face Colfax-Mingo. Both schools are among the five undefeated teams in Class 1A District 7. C-M quarterback Jared Myers has completed 73.8 percent of his passes and leads the district in yardage (681) and touchdowns (seven) through the first two games.
“The win last week was very good, but it is a new week with a new opponent and Colfax definitely has our full attention,” Trudo said. “They obviously present a different challenge with their passing attack than we have faced the first two weeks, so it is extremely important for us to be prepared to play our best this Friday.”