Norwalk, Ia. — Pella’s new spread-offense playbook went from no-huddle to no-existence.
The Little Dutch dumped a no-huddle attack and returned to a more traditional plan after losing two of three games to start the season. Pella topped No.3 Norwalk 27-0 on Friday for the team’s fourth consecutive victory.
Pella (5-2) gave Norwalk (6-1) its first loss in a Class3-A District8 game.
The offense passed for 64 yards — a small number for a program that attempted an aerial attack at the start of the year.
“We just went to a more physical style,” said running back Daniel Langenfeld, who was part of a team effort that compiled more than 200 rushing yards.
Pella fell to 4-A Marshalltown in a season opener and to No.4 Grinnell in the third game.
The spread plan went to the garbage can.
“We were trying to do some things that we thought would fit our personnel,” Pella coach Jay McKinstrey said. “We went back to a more traditional style of football.”
Pella has won all four games since and leads the district at 4-0.
Langenfeld threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Vollmar that gave his team a 20-0 halftime lead.
Freshman running back Nathan Henry rushed for 98 yards. Josh DeWaard completed eight of 11 passes for 42 yards and ran for a 1-yard score. Matthew Nieuwsma added a 2-yard touchdown run.
Pella’s Seth Johnson kicked field goals of 33 and 36 yards.
The team’s defense shut out a Norwalk squad that had averaged 41.5 points.
“It just shows the progression of our team,” defensive lineman Garret Jansen said. “Coach worked us hard on our assignments and pass rush.”
Norwalk was held to 99 yards of total offense. The team lost four fumbles.
“They’ve rattled off win after win,” Norwalk coach Paul Patterson said. “Pella really out-executed us.”
Keaton Klocko led Norwalk with 90 yards rushing.
Norwalk’s starting lineup has been shaken by injuries and illness.
Quarterback Chase Onken had a head injury last week against Winterset. Lineman Erik Webb is out with pneumonia. Leading rusher Kenny Floyd, an all-stater, is trying to rehab a knee injury.
Pella has outscored its foes 111-20 in the last four games.
Marshalltown beat the Little Dutch 31-7. Grinnell shut out the team 42-0.
“Even in those losses, we learned a lot,” McKinstrey said.
Norwalk will try to regroup and awaits the return of players that missed Friday’s game.
“At least we hope so,” Patterson said.
Pella 3 17 7 0 — 27
Norwalk 0 0 0 0 — 0
P-FG Johnson 33
P-Nieuwsma 2 run (Johnson kick)
P-FG Johnson 36
P-Vollmar 22 pass from Langenfeld (Johnson kick)
P-De Waard 1 run (Johnson kick)
Rushing–Pella: Henry 17-98, Steenhoek 8-52, Langenfeld 4-33; Norwalk: Klocko 16-90, Grant 4-7.
Passing–Pella: De Waard 8-11-0-42, Langenfeld 1-1-0-22; Norwalk: Scott 3-4-0-37, Lippert 1-3-0-2.
Receiving–Pella: Vollmar 3-31, Clayberg 1-13, Langenfeld 2-10; Norwalk: Smith 1-21, Klocko 2-7.