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Mustangs blank Ballard, setting up showdown with Boone

Joe Randleman/Nevada Journal Carson Namanny wraps up Ballard ball carrier Jacob Nethers during Dallas Center-Grimes’ 26-0 victory on Oct. 18.
Joe Randleman/Nevada Journal Carson Namanny wraps up Ballard ball carrier Jacob Nethers during Dallas Center-Grimes’ 26-0 victory on Oct. 18.

Another week, another shutout.

Dallas Center-Grimes steamrolled Ballard 26-0 in Huxley on Oct. 18. It was the Mustangs’ seventh win this season, fifth shutout and fourth in a row.

“If you were going to tell me we’d hold them scoreless with the rushing attack they had, I would’ve been surprised,” coach Scott Heitland said. “They just keep pounding you and pounding you, and you think they’re going to break one. Luckily, they didn’t.”

DC-G limited Ballard to just 101 total yards while rolling up 287 of its own.

Andrew Kramer threw for 100 yards and ran for 63 more, plus a pair of touchdowns. Chaz Chambers recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and finished with 112, plus a touchdown, and Michael Lortz booted a 40-yard field goal, his third of the season and second of 40 yards or more.

It was a far cry from the defensive battle in 2012 that DC-G won 3-0.

“To score 26 points against Ballard is very impressive,” Heitland said. “I was very happy.”

Austin Kloewer nabbed his fourth interception of the season, while Jack Kelly and Austin Grosklags recorded sacks. Kelly led with nine tackles, Justin Gardner added eight and Kloewer had seven.

“Teams that win district titles and teams that make runs in the postseason play great defense,” Heitland said. “Hopefully it’s a good sign of what the team can continue to do.”

DC-G will host Boone on Friday in the regular season finale, with a district title and No. 1 seed up for grabs. Both schools are 5-0 in Class 3A District 4 play, and already assured of hosting first-round playoff games on Oct. 30. But the winner will also ensure a second-round game at home, should the team make it that far.

“The importance is that our goal is to win a district title and make the playoffs,” said Heitland, whose team finished in a four-way tie for first in 2010 but hasn’t won an outright title since the 19902.

“You couldn’t have scripted it any better,” he added. “They’re so big, physical and fast. It’ll be a whale of a football game, I think.”

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