Iowa prep football: Sheldon, Harris-Lake Park roll

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The first play of the game for Sheldon was a sign of things to come in the Orabs' 55-0 defeat of Sibley-Ocheyedan Friday in a season-opening Iowa high school football matchup.

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Sheldon's Tyler Lode (13), chased by Sibley-Ocheyedan defenders Trey Schuck (20) and Cole Newman (33), leaps over teammate Hunter Lang Friday night on a punt return.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The first play of the game for Sheldon was a sign of things to come in the Orabs’ 55-0 defeat of Sibley-Ocheyedan Friday in a season-opening Iowa high school football matchup.

On the first play from scrimmage, Orabs quarterback Jaden Kleinhesselink hit receiver Kyle Boerhave in stride on a seam route for a 66-yard touchdown. Boerhave split the safeties and outran the defense up the middle of the field to the end zone.

“That first play was huge,” Kleinhesselink said. “We worked on that all week. We knew they would bump over and we got Boerhave right across the middle. That was big for our momentum.”

The rest of the first half was more of the same. Kleinhesselink finished the half 9-of-17 passing for 211 yards and four touchdowns as the Orabs went into the break with a 48-0 lead. Kleinhesselink also completed a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Philip Cain and one to Tyler Merley.

The quarterback added a fifth touchdown to his tally on the opening drive of the second half to make it 55-0. He found Cain in the flat on a quick out and the receiver ran 22 yards untouched for the score. Kleinhesselink was 12-of-20 for 257 yards and five scores passing in the game and rushed for 57 yards on five carries. Cain had five catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns, while Merley had six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.


“Philip, Ty, (Tyler) Lode, they’re all awesome,” Kleinhesselink said. “I have to give all the credit to those guys. They made me look good.”

The Orabs defense kept up its end of the bargain, holding the Generals to 46 yards rushing and 124 yards passing in the shutout. The Sheldon defense racked up six sacks and forced two turnovers. Jason Barwick had 2.5 sacks, Ryan Van Marel had one.

“It’s nice when you have a kid like Ryan Van Marel -- an SDSU recruit who’s worked his tail off and set the tone for us,” Lloyd said. “But, boy, we had guys getting after it.”

A 35-yard fumble return by Van Marel set up a Brady Prescott touchdown with 8:39 to go in the first quarter. S-O quarterback Preston Marco completed a pass to senior receiver Hudson Feldkamp. The receiver caught the 4-yard pass at midfield before being smashed by a linebacker and giving up the ball. Van Marel scooped the ball and ran it up the sideline and plowed through a Generals tackler before being brought down at the 15. Prescott took carries of 7 and 8 yards to score and make it 13-0.

Prescott averaged 9 yards per carry on the way to a 13-carry, 118-yard, 3-touchdown night. He ran through giant holes all game, rarely being touched before reaching the second level.

“(Rushing) was a point of emphasis for us,” Lloyd said. “We struggled running the ball last year. We really struggled running the ball when we needed to run the ball and get those short yards. For the most part, tonight was really good. We have four new starting o-linemen for us, so they were able to get it started.”

S-O got close to the end zone early in the second quarter after a 67-yard pass from Preston Marco to Grant Paca took them down to the 9-yard line. But two sacks and a false start pushed them back to the 25-yard line. The second sack of the drive knocked Marco out of the game with a concussion as he was thrown down hard by Van Marel. Marco finished the game 6-of-12 for 104 yards passing.

Sophomore Andrew Zylstra threw a fourth-down interception to Cain on his first pass in relief of Marco. Freshman Beau Jenness lined up under center for the remainder of the game and complete 4-of-10 passes for 20 yards while rushing five times for 11 yards.


“We had a lot of young kids playing and they showed us some good stuff,” S-O head coach Dan Spooner said. “They did lots of stuff to look at on film and analyze. There’s always things to take from this game to get us better and the young guys played hard and contributed.”

Sheldon 27 21 7 0 -- 55Sibley-Ocheyedan 0 0 0 0 -- 0 H-LP 63, North Iowa 0 BUFFALO CENTER -- The Harris-Lake Park Wolves, who placed second in Iowa state 8-Man football last year, dominated North Iowa in their season opener as freshmen Dylan Meyer and Lucas Gunderson combined to score five touchdowns.

Meyer ran for three scores, covering 31, 51 and 39 yards. Gunderson caught two touchdowns of 21 and five yards.

But it was defense that mostly impressed H-LP head coach Lane Gunderson.

“I thought our defense really dominated the game,” he said. “They had one drive that had some positive gains, but other than that 17 times we tackled them for loss on running plays.”

Two of Harris-Lake Park’s star players, Trevor Gunderson and Keegan Carpenter, sustained injuries in the first half -- Gunderson hurt his ankle and Carpenter hurt his foot. But before they left the game, they both found the end zone, Gunderson with 14- and 5-yard carries and Carpenter with a rushing TD of his own.

Meyer finished with 111 yards on six carries. Lucas Gunderson caught five passes for 81 yards. Quarterback Bryce Perkins completed 11 of 15 passes for 143 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

As a team, the Wolves rolled up 230 yards rushing and 143 yards passing. North Iowa was held to 35 net yards rushing and 30 yards in the air.


Harris-Lake Park 21 16 12 14 -- 63North Iowa 0 0 0 0 -- 0

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Sibley-Ocheyedan's Beau Jenness (2) leaps to break up a pass intended for Sheldon's Kyle Boerhave (23) in Friday's high school football game in Sibley. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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