Last week, Marshalltown High School quarterback Brendan Bates threw four touchdown passes.
He only threw two passes in the second half Friday, because his arm wasn’t required.
The Bobcats rushed for almost 400 yards as both Carson Beals and Kabba Pins surpassed the century mark as Marshalltown used a big second half for a 26-14 victory over Ottumwa at Schafer Stadium.
“In the first half, we shot ourselves in the foot quite a bit, so we talked about how we were going to handle adversity,” said Marshalltown coach Adam Goodvin, who was opposing his father, Ottumwa coach Brian Goodvin, for the first time. “It was a completely different mindset in the second half. That was the biggest key. It wasn’t anything scheme-wise.”
Beals’ touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half set the tone for the rest of the game. Goodvin called 23 consecutive running plays in the second half, and it was successful in wearing down the Bulldogs.
“Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going to get our defense off the field,” Brian Goodvin said. “They were playing a physical game, and I thought we matched that for the most part. We knew this was going to be more difficult because a team had a week to prepare for us.”
Marshalltown rushed for 388 yards, 276 in the second half. Beals put the Bobcats on top 13-7 with his 1-yard touchdown run, but the Bobcats, who also fumbled the ball eight times (losing two), lost one of those when Ottumwa linebacker Zach Ross took the ball away and ran to the Bobcats 2.
Kie Glosser then finished off the brief scoring drive to put the Bulldogs up 14-13.
“Our defense made a huge play there. I honestly thought Zach had scored, and we wanted a defensive touchdown tonight,” Brian Goodvin said.
But the Bobcats continued to pound away on the ground, with Patrick Landeros’ 13-yard TD run midway through the quarter giving the Bulldogs a 19-14 lead, as the 70-yard drive was highlighted by a 31-yard by Beals on third down.
Beals then scored a second time, taking the ball in from 2 yards out for a 26-14 lead, but the drive was set up by a 77-yard run by Justice Richardson.
Ottumwa missed plenty of chances in the first half. The Bulldogs couldn’t string a solid drive together, and instead relied mostly on short fields for their points.
They were stopped on fourth down at the Marshalltown 3 after taking over at the Bobcats’ 12 following a fumble recovery by Quentin Bishop.
With the game tied at seven, the Bulldogs appeared ready to take the lead just before halftime after driving to the Marshalltown 21 for what would have been a manageable field goal. Instead, a fourth-and-2 play went for a 9-yard loss, allowing the Bobcats to run out the clock.
Both coaches acknowledged that Ottumwa coming away with no points deep in Marshalltown territory was key.
“Those were huge stops that we made,” Adam Goodvin said. “I’ve been very impressed with our defense in the first two weeks. We have tough kids, and some go both ways, but they make plays.”
“Marshalltown gave us every opportunity to stay in the game,” Brian Goodvin said. “Obviously those were missed opportunities in a 7-7 game, because we knew we had to kick off to them, and they went right down and scored.”
Ottumwa quarterback Adam Denniston, who threw for almost 200 yards last week was held to 7 of 21 passing for 82 yards. Gage Cole scored a touchdown on the ground for the second straight game.
“We just have to get up and get back at it on Monday,” Brian Goodvin said. “I know we have the kind of kids who will bounce back.”
Ottumwa (1-1) visits Newton next week.
Marshalltown 7 0 12 7 — 26
Ottumwa 0 7 7 0 — 14
M — Patrick Landersos 10 run (Kabba Pins kick)
O — Gage Cole 2 run (Bryan Carapia kick)
M — Carson Beals 1 run (kick failed)
O — Kie Glosser 2 run (Carapia kick)
M — Landeros 13 run (pass failed)
M — Beals 2 run (Pins kick)
First downs 18 12
Rushing-yards 52-388 35-90
Passing yards 36 82
Comp-Att-Int 3-7-0 7-21-1
Total offense 424 172
Punts-avg. 2-29.0 5-39.0
Fumbles-lost 8-2 2-0
Penalties-yards 10-75 7-41
Rushing — Marshalltown: Carson Beals 21-130, Dominick Garth 1-3, Brendan Bates 3-(minus 5), Kabba Pins 17-135, Patrick Landeros 4-34, Malik Haynes 5-25, Justin Richardson 1-77, Team 1-(minus 11). Ottumwa: Kie Glosser 16-52, Gage Cole 14-32, Colton McKinnon 2-11, Adam Denniston 1-2, Andrew Cole 1-(minus 3), Team 1-(minus 4).
Passing — Marshalltown: Bates 3-7-0-36. Ottumwa: Denniston 7-21-1-82.
Receiving — Marshalltown: Will Van Buren 1-7, Casey Linsenmeyer 2-19. Ottumwa: Trae Swartz 1-27, McKinnon 2-7, Glosser 1-13, G.Cole 2-12, Blaze Rominger 1-23.