SL can't recover from slow start
First-half struggles plague Storm Lake in 27-0 setback to Dutch.
STORM LAKE - A fast start eluded Storm Lake again.
For the third consecutive game, the Tornadoes got off to a slow start as MOC-Floyd Valley used 13 first-quarter points to hand Storm Lake a 27-0 setback in a Class 3A District 1 game on Friday at Tornado Stadium.
"We have not gotten off to a good start yet in three games. That's something we need to do," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said. "Normally, a 13-point hole is not that difficult to overcome if you're having an average offensive night, which we didn't. We did not play well offensively and on special teams, and that hurt us. If you can't win two of the three areas you're not going to win the game."
"We made some mental mistakes and we made some physical mistakes," Lyon added. "We didn't execute. We're not playing to our potential."
"I thought we played well defensively after the first quarter. As the game went along, we played better," Lyon said.
MOC-Floyd Valley returned the opening kickoff to the Storm Lake 48-yard line. Moments later, quarterback Doug Gunderson ran 21 yards for a touchdown. The extra point failed for a 6-0 lead.
After a Storm Lake fumble was recovered by the Dutch on the Tornado 26-yard line, MOC-Floyd Valley made it 13-0 in the first quarter on a fourth-and-3 play. Gunderson threw a 3-yard TD pass to Blayne Van Marel. John Jensen kicked the extra point.
Storm Lake did not pick up a first down in the first half and MOC-Floyd Valley dominated the time of possession. Furthermore, the Tornadoes fumbled the ball four times, but recovered two of them.
MOC-Floyd Valley scored on its first possession of the second half. Gunderson lofted a 19-yard touchdown pass to Van Marel with 8:03 left to play to cap a 5-play, 32-yard drive. Jensen's kick made it 20-0.
Storm Lake finally picked up its first first down of the game just under the 6-minute mark of the third quarter.
The Tornadoes picked up four first downs on a 16-play, 53-yard drive that lasted about 7 minutes and went all the way down to the MOC-Floyd Valley 10-yard line before a fumble on fourth down resulted in a 5-yard loss.
MOC-Floyd Valley engineered a 9-play, 34-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter. A 23-yard pass from Gunderson to Shawn Larson put the ball on the 7-yard line, and three plays later, Jensen scored from 1 yard out. Jensen added the extra point for a 27-0 lead.
MOC-FV 13 0 7 7 - 27
Storm Lake 0 0 0 0 - 0
MOCFV-Gunderson 21 run (kick failed)
MOCFV-Van Marel 3 pass from Gunderson (Jensen kick)
MOCFV-Van Marel 19 pass from Gunderson (Jensen kick)
MOCFV-Jensen 1 run (Jensen kick)
TEAM STATISTICS MOC-FV SL
First downs 15 5
Rushes-yards 51-161 24-7
Com.-Att.-Int. 5-9-0 5-10-1
Passing yards 50 28
Return yards 61 93
Punts-Avg. 1-33 3-27
Fumbles-lost 3-0 5-2
Penalties-yards 4-30 4-30
Rushing-Storm Lake: DeHaan 10-25, Koeppe 4-9, Harder 1-8, Maier 2-2, Brock 1-1. MOC-FV: Janssen 17-51, Jensen 16-51, Gunderson 12-41.
Passing-Storm Lake: Ellens 5-9-1-28, Miller 0-1-0-0. MOC-FV: Gunderson 5-9-0-50.
Receiving-Storm Lake: DeHaan 3-15, Hanna 1-18, Blanchard 1-(-7). MOC-FV: Van Marel 2-21, Larson 1-17, Jensen 2-12.