Pella (Iowa) beat Webster City, 28-18, in the Class 3A state championship game on Thursday night. The victory was the Little Dutch’s 41st in a row, and the state title was their third straight, joining Decorah and Harlan (twice) as the only 3A programs to do so.
“It was going to be a battle all night,” Pella coach Jay McKinstrey said. “We knew that going in. But our kids just kept fighting. That’s kind of the way they’ve been all year.”
And when it was time to celebrate, you have to give it to Ross Vande Weerd and Keegan Poole, as captured in this GIF by photojournalist Bryon Houlgrave of Gannett partner The Des Moines Register.