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PELLA—Jeremy Snead (sophomore, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) tied a school record with 12 pass receptions as the Central College football team rolled up 455 yards and handed Coe College its first defeat Saturday, 24-6, before a sun-drenched homecoming crowd.
Snead had 10 catches in the first half and finished with 137 yards and two touchdowns. He tied the single-game mark of 12 catches set by Randy Busscher against Ferris State (Mich.) Sept. 21, 1974.
Central (4-0 overall, 2-0 Iowa Conference) also got 123 yards rushing on 22 carries from running back David Zachary (senior, Des Moines, Dowling HS). After not reaching the 100-yard mark in his first three seasons, Zachary has now topped it three times in four games.
Central’s quarterback tandem of Nate Snead (sophomore, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) and Zack Bandow (junior, Manilla, IKM HS) was clicking as well, combining to complete 25 of 32 passes for 259 yards and two scores. Snead was 13-of-17 for 117 yards while Bandow was 12-of-15 for 142 yards. Each had a TD pass.
Meanwhile the Dutch defense recorded four quarterback sacks while limiting Coe (3-1 overall, 1-1 conference) to 199 yards of offense. Coe quarterback Brad Boyle completed 16 of 31 passes for 189 yards but the Kohawks were held to 10 yards rushing on 22 carries. Coe didn’t get on the scoreboard until converting on a 3rd-and-16 play with 13:00 left in the game as Boyle hit Tyler Takes for a 38-yard touchdown.
“It was a very complete football game,” coach Jeff McMartin said. “We played very well in all phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams.”
Central kept the ball on the ground for 12 of 16 plays in a scoreless first quarter. Then Nate Snead threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Snead to complete an 11-play, 80-yard drive with 13:38 left in the half.
Bandow, who came off the bench in a win at Dubuque last week to complete five straight passes for a late first-half score, entered with similar results. He completed 4-of-5 in marching the Dutch 69 yards in seven plays, finding Jeremy Snead on a 5-yard scoring pass. The two Central quarterbacks had completions to 10 receivers.
“We have a lot of confidence in Zack,” McMartin said. “We have the luxury of having two very good quarterbacks. They’re different in the way they play, but they both have great skills. We have a lot of confidence in both of them. We have two good options and that’s a dangerous situation for opponents.”
After Coe’s fourth quarter score, Nate Snead closed the door with a 45-yard TD run. He rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries.
Jeremy Snead said his big day was simply the result of taking advantage of opportunities.
“I have to give it to the coaches,” he said. “They draw up the game plan. They see something that we can do on offense and they put it in.
“We’ve had a great rushing game and so Coe stacked the box a little bit. That allowed me to have some one-on-one opportunities.”
Snead said he likes catching passes from Bandow just as much as from his older brother.
“They’re a little bit different but not much,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me. They’re both good and they both get the job done.”
McMartin was especially happy with the Dutch defensive effort after yielding 504 yards last week in the win at Dubuque. Defensive back Cody Baethke (junior, Williamsburg), defensive lineman Aaron Steenhoek (junior, Pella) and linebacker Greg Best (junior, Clive, Valley HS) each had six tackles. Steenhoek had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss overall for 28 yards. Linebacker Zach Van Arkel (senior, Malcolm, Grinnell HS) and defensive lineman Brady Hill (sophomore, Carroll, Kuemper Catholic HS) each had five stops.
“Last week was a tough week for us defensively,” McMartin said. “It was gut-check time. We had to get better this week. We worked all week on being better tacklers and being where we need to be. Pass coverage, pressure on the quarterback, everything we needed today they delivered. The defensive coaches had a great game plan and we executed.”
Central remains at home next Saturday as Cornell College visits for a 1 p.m. conference game at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. The Rams are 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference after getting outscored by Dubuque Saturday, 42-19. Last year Central had to rally to escape the Rams in overtime at Mount Vernon, 29-22.