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Dodgers roll in Homecoming game

October 2, 2010
By ERIC PRATT, Sports Editor

By the time the Fort Dodge first-team defense strutted off the field here Friday night, the statistics said it all.

Negative-14 yards of total offense allowed. Ten punts forced. Eight sacks. Fifteen tackles for loss. One first down surrendered.

And, most importantly, zero points.

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The Dodgers put on a defensive clinic, turning Homecoming 2010 into a feeding frenzy that produced a 41-7 destruction of Mason City in front of nearly 5,000 red and black-clad fans.

The Decker Sporting Goods travelling trophy went right back into FDSH's trophy case, as the Dodgers (5-1 overall, 2-0 in the CIML Iowa Conference) defeated the Mohawks (2-4, 0-3) for the seventh consecutive season in the most lopsided win over their arch-rival since 1992. The victory also kept head coach Matt Miller's squad in first place during the infant stages of the league race, as Ames (5-2, 2-1) pounded No. 8 West Des Moines Valley (4-2, 1-1) yesterday, 24-3.

''We're always a better team when we're having fun, and that was a lot of fun,'' said senior linebacker Connor Morain, who ubiquitously had four sacks and six tackles for loss by himself. ''We wanted to really take it to them. This was (the seniors') last Homecoming game, and we wanted to make it count and make it memorable.

''It's a big win, but we have more to do and a lot of work still ahead of us.''

Fort Dodge's 12th victory in 16 games dating back to the start of last year and seventh in the last nine at Dodger Stadium was one of the most dominating of the bunch, and it came against an opponent that had held second-half leads in all five of its games before Friday.

There would be no such drama in this one.

Fact Box

FD MC

First downs 10 7

Rushes-yards 30-216 38-36

Passing yards 55 16

Comp-Att-Int 7-14-0 4-13-0

Total Yards271 52

Punts-Avg. 3-42.0 10-24.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1

Penalties-Yards 8-68 6-63

Fort Dodge 7 14 13 7 - 41

Mason City 0 0 0 7 - 7

Scoring Summary

Fort Dodge - Jontel Clayton (50-yard run), 6:28 left first. Ty Littzen kick.

Fort Dodge - Reid Riessen (14-yard pass from Levi Peters), 7:34 left second. Littzen kick.

Fort Dodge - Clayton (6-yard run), 3:24 left second. Littzen kick.

Fort Dodge - Clayton (18-yard run), 3:46 left third. Kick blocked.

Fort Dodge - L. Peters (7-yard run), 0:00 left third. Littzen kick.

Fort Dodge - Ethan Bartlett (fumble recovery in end zone), 10:58 left fourth. Littzen kick.

Mason City - Connor DeRoy (9-yard run), 3:58 left fourth. Tony Kaune kick.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing - Fort Dodge: Jontel Clayton 16-136, Levi Peters 6-36, Darreus Caston 4-22, Willie Williams 1-14, Jalen Mosley 3-8. Mason City: Sam Skogen 5-40, Ryan Voves 7-19, Blake Spotts 6-17, Connor DeRoy 5-12, Aaron Sanchez 1-(minus-5), Brandon Platts 14-(minus-47).

Passing - Fort Dodge: Levi Peters 7-14-0-55, Sam Edwards 0-0-0-0. Mason City: Brandon Platts 3-9-0-13, Blake Spotts 1-3-0-3, Ryan Voves 0-1-0-0.

Receiving - Fort Dodge: Willie Williams 3-19, Darreus Caston 2-19, Reid Riessen 1-14, Mark Wilson 1-3. Mason City: Lincoln Vorba 3-13, Connor DeRoy 1-3.

All-state senior tailback Jontel Clayton rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns, eclipsing the 3,000-yard mark for his career and climbing within 115 yards of the school's all-time record. Senior Levi Peters ran for a score and threw another TD to classmate Reid Riessen.

While FDSH was efficient and methodical offensively, though, it was the defense that stole the show.

Ahead 21-0 at halftime, the Mohawks had slumbered through seven three-and-outs in as many possessions, seven punts and four yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Brandon Platts - a University of Missouri baseball recruit - took the brunt of the punishment, losing 34 yards on 10 rushes before the break, with the Dodgers teeing off nearly every time he dropped back.

''It's a real credit to (defensive coaches) Rod (Riessen), Nik (Moser) and John (McBride),'' Miller said. ''They had the kids ready. Our gameplan worked to perfection on the defensive side of the ball.

''Our guys had a focused look all week, and it carried over into the game. They were ready. They did what you would expect a veteran ballclub with a lot of (returning starters) to do: they handled their business.''

Senior co-captain Ethan Bartlett scored a defensive touchdown on a swarming group sack that led to a fumble early in the fourth quarter. Seniors Sam Peters and Will Kenny and junior Dillion Christensen had sacks as well.

Mason City's lone first down against the Dodger first-stringers was on an FDSH penalty early in the third period.

''Connor was everywhere; he had a heck of a game,'' Miller said. ''But really, it was the entire defense. Just a tremendous effort by all of them.

''It was good to see Jontel break some runs, too. But he said it best in (The Messenger) on (Friday morning): this isn't about him, his yards or any other individuals. These guys are only interested in the team, and only interested in winning.''

One of the contest's more exciting moments came at the end of the first half, when Dodger junior Ty Littzen just missed a 59-yard field goal attempt. Kicking with a stiff north breeze at his back, the sure-legged Littzen had plenty of distance on the boot, but narrowly missed wide-right.

Fort Dodge visits Waukee (3-3, 2-0) - winners of three straight - this Friday for the outright CIML Iowa lead. The Warriors handled Marshalltown last night, 31-14.

''Waukee took it to us here last year, so our focus shifts to them and only them,'' Morain said. ''There is no looking ahead with us. We know anything can happen on a given night. We'll be ready.''

Contact Eric Pratt at (515) 573-2141, or by e-mail at sports@messengernews.net

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing - Fort Dodge: Jontel Clayton 16-136, Levi Peters 6-36, Darreus Caston 4-22, Willie Williams 1-14, Jalen Mosley 3-8. Mason City: Sam Skogen 5-40, Ryan Voves 7-19, Blake Spotts 6-17, Connor DeRoy 5-12, Aaron Sanchez 1-(minus-5), Brandon Platts 14-(minus-47).

Passing - Fort Dodge: Levi Peters 7-14-0-55, Sam Edwards 0-0-0-0. Mason City: Brandon Platts 3-9-0-13, Blake Spotts 1-3-0-3, Ryan Voves 0-1-0-0.

Receiving - Fort Dodge: Willie Williams 3-19, Darreus Caston 2-19, Reid Riessen 1-14, Mark Wilson 1-3. Mason City: Lincoln Vorba 3-13, Connor DeRoy 1-3.

 
 

 

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