Physical and athletic LeMars proved too much for the Storm Lake High football team here Friday night, dealing the Tornadoes a 31-7 loss in a Class 3A, District 1 contest.
Storm Lake and LeMars were tied at seven at the half, but the Bulldogs dominated the Tornadoes and took advantage of three turnovers.
With the loss, the Bulldogs improved to 4-0 overall and to 2-0 in district play. The Tornadoes dropped to 1-1 in district action and to 2-2 overall.
"It was a matter of their kids making plays and our kids not making them," said SLHS coach Bill McCabe.
"Even though we were tied at the half, we thought we could have played better in the first two quarters.
"In the second half, we didn't capitlize on opportunities when we had them," he added. "On their long touchdown run in the third quarter, we had two guys miss tackles that would have been for a loss. If they make those tackles, we're still down just 14-7.
"We just didn't play as well as we needed to."
LeMars' rushing game was the story on offense, as Bulldog runners ran 49 times for 361 yards. The Bulldog offense was on the field for much of the second half, and that made a difference, McCabe said.
"I think they wore us down a little," he said.
The Tornadoes were also hurt by a lack of a rushing game. They ran 26 times but for a minus six yards.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the first quarter when running back Chris Newman capped a seven play, 51-yard drive with a six-yard run.
LeMars marched inside the Tornado five-yard line in the second quarter, but a Bulldog runner fumbled and the ball went out of bounds. The Tornadoes took over at the 20 on a touchback.
Storm Lake managed to tie it by halftime. They drove some 60-yards to the LeMars three but were penalized five yards. Facing a fourth and eight with five seconds left, SL quarterback Mitch McCabe found a wide open Logan Masters in the end zone with one second left. Zach Mantuefe kicked the extra-point for a 7-7 tie at the half.
Neither team moved the ball early in the third quarter.
Bulldog tailback Chris Newman broke several Tornado tackles midway through the quarter and scored on a 52-yard run. Late in the quarter, LeMars' Joel Kruse kicked an 18-yard field goal. LeMars took a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldog offense dominated in the final frame, scoring 14 unanswered points for the final margin.
Phelan found Newman early in the quarter on a 25-yard pass play to all but ice the district matchup. Cambpell scored the game's last touchdown on a 15-yard run.
Newman led the LeMars rushing attack with 164 yards while running mate Campbell ran 20 times for 113 yards and two scores.
Mitch McCabe hit on 18 of 32 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Derrick Randall had three catches for 32 yards, Chom Thammavongsa two catches for 12 yards and Masters ten catches for 156 yards and the Tornadoes' only touchdown.
Next week, the Tornadoes play host to Humboldt in a what will be a game to stay alive in the district race.
"Last year, Algona lost its first game but wound up winning the district, and that's the path we'll have to take," coach McCabe said.
"We know we can play better and next week, we'll have to regroup in practice and get ready for another big game."