SPIRIT LAKE - MOC-Floyd Valley did what most teams haven't been able to do this season-keep Spirit Lake's offense off the field by sustaining drives.
However, the Indians' defense bent but never broke as the Dutch could never reached the end zone.
The wet weather possibly was the cause of several turnovers by both teams - the Dutch gave up three fumbles and three interceptions. Spirit Lake fumbled four times. Also penalties came at inopportune times halting drives for both teams-MOC-Floyd Valley had eight penalties for 46 yards; Spirit Lake had eight for 88 yards.
While Spirit Lake’s Cody Poock (10) was limited to 15 yards rushing in the first half, the senior running back got on track in the second half and finished with 99 yards on the ground in the Indians’ 24-0 Class 2A first-round win over MOC-Floyd Valley on Wednesday.
EDN photo by Chloe Rosdail
But when the night ended, Spirit Lake advanced with a 24-0 victory in the first round of Wednesday's Class 2A playoff contest.
"I'm proud of how we handled adversity tonight," said Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt. "We pitched a shut out on defense and I thought we played good team defense, coming up with big plays at the right time."
The Indians (9-1) will take on Sheldon (8-2) in Spirit Lake at 7 p.m. Monday. The Orabs defeated Forest City 15-14 in overtime on Wednesday in Sheldon.
The Indians took advantage of an early fumble by the Dutch and converted into a 36-yard field goal by Brett Cochran-Bray with 6:49 left in the first quarter.
Spirit Lake had stopped the Dutch on their next drive, but then a roughing-the-kicker-call kept the ball in the visitors' hands a little longer.
When the defense finally did its job, Cody Poock fumbled after a 9-yard reception returning the ball to the Dutch. The Indians' defense again did its job.
This time, Spirit Lake wasted no time as Tyler Petersen broke free for a 76-yard touchdown run. After the Cochran-Bray extra point, the Indians led 10-0 with 6:16 left in the first half.
Casey Spaeth picked off a Dutch pass on their next drive.
The Indians put their best drive together of the night, which ended on a 11-yard run by quarterback Paul Brown with 1:29 left in the half.
The two teams exchanged fumbles in the last part of the half. MOC-Floyd Valley drove inside the Indian 20 and attempted a 26-yard field goal. But Tanner Kroon broke threw the line to block the kick.
The Indians started the third quarter with a nice drive, but a holding penalty forced them into long yardage situation and the fourth-down conversion attempt failed.
The defensive battle continued throughout the game with Spirit Lake finally breaking threw with 1:29 left in the game. Andrew Ites carried the ball in from 9 yards out with Cochran-Bray adding the final point of the night.
Defensively, Spirit Lake held MOC-Floyd Valley to under 120 yards rushing and to 73 yards in the air.
Unofficially, Cody Poock led the Spirit Lake's rushing attack with 99 yards on 13 carries. Petersen had 93 yards on five carries while Brown had 63 yards on 11 carries. Also Bryson McCabe carried the ball four times for 16 yards, Ites had two carries for 11 yards and Spaeth had one carry for 10 yards.
Brown was 7-of-9 passing for 80 yards with no interceptions. Poock caught five passes for 60 yards and McCabe caught two passes for 20 yards.