Lynx can’t catch No. 1 Pella

CEDAR FALLS — Webster City gave top-ranked Pella everything it could handle here Thursday night in the Class 3A state finals.

But in the end, the Dutch won their third consecutive state championship and 41st straight game, 28-18.

Seniors Nick Finney and Donovan Holterhaus were too much for the Lynx (11-2 overall), who were seeking their first state title.

Finney completed 15 of 22 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Holterhaus 10 times for 181 yards and both scores. Finney, who had all but five yards of Pella’s (13-0) total offense in the semifinals, also rushed for 66 yards and a score.

Robert Frederiksen shined bright once again for Webster City, as the senior carried the ball 32 times for 182 yards and a score. Payton Kannuan added 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while also catching a 29-yard pass from Drew Fielder.

Pella had 395 yards of total offense, while Webster City had 305. The 18 points scored by the Lynx were the second-most allowed by the Dutch this year.

The Lynx clipped Glenwood in the semis, 6-3.

Avery Van Zee added 66 yards and a touchdown for the Dutch, who won in the semfinals on a last-second 21-yard touchdown pass from Finney to Van Wyk over Cedar Rapids Xavier, 34-30.

Today, Iowa City Regina seeks its seventh consecutive title in the 1A final, while West Des Moines Dowling chases its fourth in the 4A title-game.

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