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INDIANOLA—The highs keep getting higher for running back David Zachary (senior, Des Moines, Dowling HS) and the No. 8 Central College football team.
Zachary rolled up 155 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 carries as the Dutch overwhelmed Simpson College 56-24 Saturday.
Central, 6-0 overall, is 4-0 in the Iowa Conference and alone in first place. Combined with last week’s 55-0 shutout of Cornell College, the Dutch have put up back-to-back 50-point games for the first time since 1997. Central avenged last year’s season-ending overtime loss to Simpson, now 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The victory also assures Central of its 48th winning season since 1960.
Central raced 80 yards in seven plays with Zachary scoring on a 3-yard run on the team’s opening drive. The Dutch were up 21-3 after one quarter 28-3 at halftime and 49-10 after three quarters.
“The thing we did today was we got off to a fast start,” coach Jeff McMartin said. “We ran the ball really well and once again, a lot of the credit goes to the offensive line. They did a super job. Everybody contributed today.”
Zachary, who also scored on runs of 1, 19 and 4 yards, topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the fifth time in six games. He’s averaging 120.5 yards a game.
“David’s running hard, seeing the holes and hitting them,” McMartin said. “He’s having the kind of senior year you would want for a guy who has worked as hard as he has. He’s made himself bigger, faster and stronger and it really shows.”
Central rushed for 289 yards overall. The Dutch got 56 yards on seven carries with a touchdown from quarterback Nate Snead (sophomore, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) while freshman running back Ross Doehrmann (Williamsburg) gained 41 yards on six attempts with touchdown runs of 4 and 24 yards.
“I can’t say enough about the offensive line and the way they’re creating opportunities in the running game,” McMartin said.
The Dutch didn’t need to throw much but did so efficiently. Snead completed 5-of-5 for 70 yards, including a 24-yard TD reception by Jeremy Snead (sophomore, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS). Quarterback Zack Bandow (junior, Manilla, IKM HS) was 4-of-10 for 50 yards.
Central was actually outgained by Simpson, 466 yards to 409. Simpson quarterback Tyson Unkrich completed 16 of 36 passes for 210 yards and two scores and rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries. Running back Matt Claassen gained 117 yards on 24 attempts with a touchdown.
“Simpson has a very good offense,” McMartin said. “They’re well-coached and their quarterback, Unkrich, can do damage both running and throwing. He’s everything we thought he’d be.”
But the Dutch forced four Simpson turnovers, including three interceptions after intercepting just one pass in the first five games.
“We got some turnovers and that was huge,” McMartin said. “That’s something we’ve been working on a lot.”
Defensive back Cody Baethke (junior, Williamsburg) got his second interception of the year on Simpson’s opening possession. The Dutch also got first-half picks from defensive backs Jake Petersen (sophomore, Gladbrook, Gladbrook-Reinbeck HS) and Kevin Good (senior, Chandler, Ariz.). Petersen and defensive back Ryan Schmidt (sophomore, Keswick, Tri-County HS) each had eight tackles while Baethke had seven. Good, defensive back Keith Rush (freshman, Griswold) and defensive lineman Shane Wong (sophomore, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) made six stops. Wong had two tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack, raising his league-leading sack total to nine.
Central bids to avenge another loss from last season as Luther College visits Saturday for a 1 p.m. game at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium in Pella. The Norse are 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference after a 19-10 victory over Cornell College Saturday.