STORM LAKE - Opportunity knocked five times for Storm Lake, but the Tornadoes could not cash in as LeMars posted a 27-0 victory in a Class 3A district game Friday night at Tornado Stadium.
"Offensively, we were out of sync," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said. "We certainly had the chances - as many times as we were inside their 15 and didn't score - that was the difference in the game. Defensively, we did well. The offense needs to score to take pressure off the defense."
The story of the first half was Storm Lake's inability to take advantage of LeMars turnovers. The Bulldogs fumbled a punt near midfield and the Tornadoes drove down to the LeMars 14-yard line, but the drive stalled on downs.
Storm Lake recovered another LeMars fumble near the Bulldog 30-yard line, but that drive ended on the 4-yard line after an incomplete pass in the end zone.
Then with 2 minutes left in the half, Storm Lake drove inside the LeMars 5-yard line, but the threat ended on downs.
LeMars, meanwhile, was able to score when it had the ball inside the red zone. The Bulldogs went ahead 7-0 on an 17-yard pass from Tyler Penning to Tyler Petter.
The Bulldogs then made it 14-0 in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Phil DeRocher.
LeMars took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 80 yards. The drive culminated in a 2-yard run by DeRocher.
Storm Lake had two more opportunities to score in the fourth quarter. The Tornadoes recovered a LeMars fumble on the Bulldogs 19-yard line, but could not capitalize.
LeMars promptly turned the ball over again when Jeff DeHaan intercepted a pass and returned it to the LeMars 14-yard line. However, that scoring opportunity ended on downs.
The Bulldogs finished the scoring with a 57-yard interception return by Jordan Wilberding.
Jeff DeHaan rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries to lead Storm Lake, now 1-5 overall. Justin Koeppe ran for 41 yards and T.J. Miller 33. Tyler DeHaan completed 13 of 28 passes for 135 yards. Rory Fulcher caught eight passes for 58 yards.