Dunne 21-of-28 for 317 yards while Lidtka rushes for 115 yards and scores four
By DANN HAYES
The Grinnell Tigers jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but were unable to hold on as the No. 4 Clear Lake Lions stopped the Tigers 48-33 in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 8 in Clear Lake.
Grinnell was led by Bryce Lidtka on the ground with 115 yards on 17 attempts (6.8 yards per carry average) and four touchdowns.
Eli Dunne was 21-of-28 for 317 yards and one score – a 22-yard pass to Luke Honold in the fourth period.
Clear Lake was led by Chandler Diercks with 183 yards on 13 attempts and two scores and Pete Swenson who rushed for 162 yards on 21 attempts and scored once.
Fumbles, though, turned out to be costly for the Tigers.
Grinnell opened with a touchdown on their opening drive and a 7-0 lead when Lidtka broke open for a 31-yard scoring juant.
Clear Lake responded on its opening drive when Carter Hand scored on a 2-yard run.
On Grinnell’s next series, Dunne completed an 11 yard pass to Griffin Reding who fumbled – Zach Merfeld recovered for the Lions.
They took advantage of the turnover and Brock Adams scored on the tail end of an 8-yard run giving the Lions a 14-7 lead.
On the Tigers’ next possession, Litdka scored on a 1-yard plunge, but the extra point failed.
On the ensuing kickoff, Clear Lake’s Kiercks took the kick and returned it 80 yards for a score and a 20-13 lead – a lead they would not lose the rest of the game.
After a Dunne fumble in the second period, the Lions took the ball and scored on a Hand 1-yard run.
Down 27-13, Lidtka scored his third touchdown with a 9-yard run.
Clear Lake opened the third period when Swenson scored on a 1-yard run.
Lidtka, the workhorse for the Tigers, scored his fourth TD on a 5-yard run at the 5:07 mark.
But two scores by Clear Lake built a 48-25 lead into the fourth.
The Tigers’ final scored came when Dunne connected with Luke Honold for a 22-yard score.
The Tigers had 23 first downs to 28 for Clear Lake.
On the ground, Grinnell had 147 yards rushing while the Lions amassed 515 for the game.
In passing yardage, the Tigers had 317 yards to just 45 for the Lions.
Grinnell was led on defense by Jared Keenan with 11 solo tackles and one quarterback sack, Julio
Sanchez with eight solo tackles and eight assists and Anthony Clayton who had seven solo tackles.
Christian Graham had an interception.
Clear Lake moves on to the Class 3A semifinals at the UNI Dome on Thursday, Nov. 14 when they play No. 1 12-0 Bishop Heelan Catholic, SC.
In the other semifinal bracket, Solon, 11-1, will play Washington, 11-1.
No. 5 Solon defeated No. 3 Decorah 28-20 and No. 5 Washington shut out No. 2 Pella, 28-0.