The Ottumwa Courier


September 2, 2013

Reds take the pennant back from DC for first time since '09


A nine-yard reception by Gonnerman would set up a 26-yard field goal kick by Brent Jackson, which he put through the uprights for a 17-7 Centerville lead with 20 seconds left in the first half.

The Reds opened up the third quarter with a quick scoring drive. Gonnerman picked up a 45-yard touchdown reception two minutes into the second half. The point-after-touchdown attempt was blocked by Davis County, leaving the score at 23-7.

With 9:16 left in the third quarter, Centerville’s Brad Irwin recorded the only interception of the night on the Davis County 29 yard line. However, Centerville was unable to mount a successful drive and turned the ball back over to Davis County.

With 1:12 remaining in the third quarter, Davis County’s Bassett picked up a four-yard run for his second touchdown of the night. The Mustangs’ two-point conversion attempt failed, making the score 23-13 going in to the fourth quarter.

The Big Reds closed the night’s scoring with a six-yard touchdown run by Starcevich. A successful PAT kick by Jackson put the score at 30-13.

Centerville’s defense penetrated the offensive line of the Mustangs several times, forcing Davis County quarterback Connor Young to scramble away as he looked for receivers.

Centerville picked up four sacks. Avery Hutton had two of those while Dan Harris and Jared Armington each had one sack.

“We had numerous opportunities to get that quarterback and he did a nice job getting away,” Evans said. “We just left our feet and were lunging at him instead of just driving into him and knocking him down. And I told the boys, ‘Football is three different phases. It’s offense, it’s defense and it’s special teams.’ And tonight you start seeing some of that coming about.”

Friday’s annual Pennant Game was the 21st meeting of Centerville and Davis County in the tradition that officially began with the 1993 season, however the rivalry between the Big Reds and Mustangs stretches back much longer than that.

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