Bulldogs record shutout against MOC-Floyd Valley
ORANGE CITY — The Le Mars Community football team came away with a 26-0 shutout victory against MOC-Floyd Valley in non-district action on Friday. The game was the first shutout win for the Bulldogs since the 2014 season.
“It was a total team effort,” Head Coach Gabe Tardive said of his team’s defensive performance. “Up front they did a nice job and we forced them to do things they didn’t want to do. Linebackers played really well and the D-backs were all over the field. We took them out of their game running the ball and forced them into some passing situations.”
It was a strong defensive showing by Le Mars as they came away with four turnovers and held the Dutchmen to just 114 total yards. Austin Wurth led the team with five tackles including three for loss as he sacked the quarterback twice.
The defensive highlight of the game came when Robert Sadoski intercepted a pass from MOC-Floyd Valley quarterback Logan Koedam and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown. The fourth quarter pick-six dealt a major blow to MOC-Floyd Valley’s hopes of a comeback as instead of driving down the field trailing 13-0, the Dutchmen were faced with a 19-0 deficit late in the game.
“Huge play and we got a great rush from both guys on the edge,” Tardive said. “We had Jacob Bixenman and Austin Wurth flush him out of the pocket and I believe Jacob knocked the ball loose and Robert Sadoski was right there and it fell right into his hands and ran. We got a little more separation.”
The Bulldogs again relied heavily on the passing game, gaining a net of just five yards on the ground while picking up 256 yards through the air.
Le Mars took a 3-0 lead earlier in the second quarter on a 28-yard field goal from Ben Wadle and took even more momentum into the half with a late touchdown strike from Tate Westhoff to Anthony Lamoreux which went for 62 yards as the Bulldogs led 10-0 entering into the halftime break. It was the only catch of the night for Lamoreux.
The team added another 28-yard field goal in the third quarter and, after the interception return for a touchdown, added a final scoring play as Wadle caught a 15-yard pass for a touchdown. He ended with three catches for 36 yards. Along with his contributions on offense, Tardive praised Wadle’s effort in the kicking game.
“Kicking game was a huge part,” Tardive said. “Ben did a great job. I believe he had four touchbacks in the game so we really put them in a tough spot all game field position-wise. It’s just a huge weapon to have and to be able to get points out of some drives.”
Westhoff ended the night 14-of-23 for 244 yards with a pair of touchdown throws and an interception. His counterpart from MOC-Floyd Valley went 4-of-11 for 90 yards with a pair of interceptions.
Westhoff’s favorite target was Aisea Toki as he caught six passes for 121 yards. Toki added a pair of fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the ball.
Neither team had much success running the football with MOC-FV’s Gage Fisher leading both teams with 32 rushing yards on eight carries. Trevor Smith of Le Mars had 24 yards on six rushing attempts.
Le Mars (1-1) will have their home opener this Friday as Sheldon (2-0) will visit Jim Lorenzen Field.