By DANN HAYES
The Grinnell Tigers Class 3A football team wanted to have a good game before the Class 3A playoffs, and they got it as they stomped on South Tama 54-28 on Friday, Oct. 25.
Tiger Eli Dunne was at the helm going 21-of-24 for 320 yards and three scores and Bryce Lidtka led the ground game with 84 yards on 19 attempts and four touchdowns.
It didn’t start off great for the Tigers as they fell behind early when South Tama’s Dalton Doyle scored from one-yard out and a 7-0 lead.
Dunne responded with a 14-yard strike to Christian Mertens, who caught six passes for 84 yards and a score.
South Tama responded with another score, this one at the end of the first as Jerry Lowe scored from four yards.
But a 13-yard scoring run by Lidtka opened the second and knotted the game.
Ian Slage returned the favor for the Trojans on a one-yard run, but Bryce Lidtka followed that with his second TD on the end of a two-yard run.
Then the rout started as Dunne connected for a seven-yard touchdown to Griffin Reding, who had four receptions for 32 yards and a score.
The next time Grinnell got the ball, Dunne found Luke Honold for a 17-yard score. Honold had four receptions for 82 yards and a score.
Lidtka scored two more times and Ethan Cline added a 19-yard run for the Tigers.