The Le Mars Bulldogs took the wind out of the Storm Lake Tornadoes as they pounded Storm Lake on the Le Mars Bulldog's homecoming game, 53-7. The Bulldogs got off to a solid start. Le Mars scored six points in the first quarter and twenty-one in the second quarter. The Bulldogs led at halftime, 27-7. In the second half, Le Mars came out scoring. Le Mars scored thirteen points in the third and fourth quarter as they routed Storm Lake, 53-7. "Storm Lake was a very fine football team, our kids just came out focused and played pretty well, especially on the defensive side of the ball," said Le Mars head coach Jim Boyd. Le Mars had an a very good night running the ball. Le Mars rushed for 274 yards on 40 carries. Darrin Nelson led Le Mars with 140 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Tony Trimble rushed for 37 yards on eleven carries and one touchdown. Jeremy Gabel ran the ball for 28 yards on four carries and a touchdown and Paul Brown ran for 19 yards on five carries. Eric Hentges also ran the ball for 15 yards on five carries and a touchdown. "I was really pleased on how our offense played, they played a very nice game," said Boyd. Paul Brown also had a nice game throwing the ball. Brown went 2 for 7 with 73 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown. Chris Helmrichs went 1 for 1 with 14 yards. Tony Trimble led the team in receiving with 57 yards on one reception and a touchdown. Scott Schwarz had one reception for 16 yards while Nate Peters caught one pass for 14 yards. The story of the game, however, was not offense, it was defense. Le Mars had four fumble recoveries. One each from Brent Augstine, Justin Scheitler, Scott Schwarz and Joe Delashmutt. Schwarz fumble recovery went for a touchdown later in the third quarter. Le Mars also had one interception. Jeremy Gabel intercepted a Storm Lake pass and went 27 yards for the score. Le Mars held Storm Lake's offense to a total of 220 total yards. "The key to the game was the defense, our front five defensive players played the best game of the season," said defensive coordinator Kevin Westhoff. "You can never complain when the defense is scoring, because it takes the pressure off the offense." Eric Hentges led Le Mars in tackles with 11 tackles during the game. Scott Schwarz and Loran Weiler each had eight tackles, while Mike Kirby had six. This Friday, Le Mars (5-1 overall, 4-0 in the conference) plays a crucial district game against Spencer. "This is a big game for us," says Le Mars head coach Jim Boyd.