Fort Dodge all over Tornadoes
Dodgers rout Storm Lake by dominating both sides of the ball
STORM LAKE — Statistically speaking, Storm Lake came into Friday’s football game against Fort Dodge ranked as the most prolific passing offense in all of Class 4A.
That may not technically change much on paper after the Dodgers’ 49-14 rout of the Tornadoes. Senior quarterback Carson Lullmann ultimately did throw for over 200 yards and multiple touchdowns by the end of the night.
Empty numbers are about all that Storm Lake was able to manage against a swarming, menacing FDSH defense, though. The Dodgers chased Lullmann around from start to finish, pressuring the burly senior into three interceptions, 19 incomplete passes and countless hurried throws in a dominant performance.
Meanwhile, Fort Dodge junior tailback Jamarius Gibbs-Green had a coming-out party. Gibbs-Green rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns as the Dodgers controlled the line of scrimmage and the scoreboard all evening long in this lopsided District 1 affair.
“Our gameplan was to keep the pressure on (Lullmann) and force him to make tough throws,” FDSH head coach Nik Moser said. “The defensive line got into the backfield, and the linebackers and defensive backs did an outstanding job in coverage. They were just feeding off each other.
“It was a solid all-around defensive effort against an offense that had been putting up really big numbers (Lullmann was averaging 271 passing yards and over three and a half touchdowns per game through the first five weeks).”
Fort Dodge (3-3 overall, 1-1 in the district) surrendered absolutely nothing on the ground, as the Tornadoes (3-3, 1-1) finished with negative-21 net rushing yards from scrimmage. Under duress throughout, Lullmann was sacked by senior Cal Hartman, senior Isaiah Caldwell, junior Jonathan Brown and sophomore Kauner Jensen, while being intercepted by sophomore Dreshaun Ross, senior Ty Adams and senior Drew Moritz.
The Adams pick was returned 32 yards for a touchdown to put the Dodgers up 21-0 in the second quarter. Fort Dodge had established control long before that point, though; Gibbs-Green darted 57 yards up the middle to paydirt less than two minutes in, and Hartman hauled in a 9-yard TD strike from junior Royce Pederson on the next possession.
If the Dodgers left the door open even a sliver through halftime, they slammed it shut in a third-quarter explosion. Junior Hunter Richardson tipped a punt to set up a short Gibbs-Green touchdown, and a Brown strip sack – recovered by sophomore Caiden Fraher – led to a Pederson fourth-down scoring run.
Moritz then picked off Lullmann, and Pederson scrambled 29 yards to the end zone two plays later. At that point – late in the third quarter – Fort Dodge had extended its advantage to 42-7, the continuous clock rule had been applied, and Lullmann had thrown for only 106 yards.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Storm Lake signal caller had 129 yards and a TD pass in the fourth quarter against Dodger reserves.
Gibbs-Green put the icing on the cake with an 87-yard touchdown sprint with a little over six minutes left in regulation.
“Everyone else got to see what Jamar’s been doing in practice for weeks,” Moser said. “He has breakaway speed, but he’s also got some punch to how he runs the ball. I’m really happy for him. This helps his confidence.
“Our offensive line set the tone. We wanted to establish the run and take care of business up front, and we did that.”
Pederson had 96 yards passing and 34 rushing.
“Royce did a nice job, and (fellow junior) Jase (Nekvinda, who had been the starting quarterback) made some plays as a receiver. We wanted to get Jase involved in that way to use his athleticism.”
After being penalized nine times in the first half, the Dodgers didn’t have a single infraction the rest of the way. Hartman recovered a fumble for the other forced FDSH turnover.
Fort Dodge had 328 total yards from scrimmage, compared to just 214 for the Tornadoes – with over half of those coming late against back-up defenders.
The only real setback for the Fort Dodge was the loss of two-way star Dreshaun Ross. The state champion wrestler, who had been averaging nearly 120 rushing yards while serving as the team’s leading tackler from his linebacker position, injured his left ankle midway through the first quarter and did not return.
The Dodgers return to action at home on Friday against Le Mars (5-1, 2-0). The Bulldogs defeated Sioux City West last night, 56-7.
First Downs 12 12
Rushes-Yards 29-232 12-(-21)
Passing 9-17-1 23-42-3
Passing Yards 96 235
Total Offense 328 214
Punts-Avg. 4-38.0 8-26.5
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 2-2
Penalties-Yards 9-82 12-85
Fort Dodge 14 7 21 7 – 49
Storm Lake 0 7 0 7 – 14
Fort Dodge – Jamarius Gibbs-Green (57-yard run), 10:29 left first quarter. Parker Schillerstrom kick.
Fort Dodge – Cal Hartman (9-yard pass from Royce Pederson), 6:26 left first. Schillerstrom kick.
Fort Dodge – Ty Adams (32-yard interception return), 8:02 left second. Schillerstrom kick.
Storm Lake – Braeden Hicks (10-yard pass from Carson Lullmann), 2:31 left second. Carlos Garcia kick.
Fort Dodge – Gibbs-Green (4-yard run), 9:47 left third. Schillerstrom kick.
Fort Dodge – Pederson (1-yard run), 4:57 left third. Schillerstrom kick.
Fort Dodge – Pederson (29-yard run), 2:44 left third. Schillerstrom kick.
Storm Lake – Cameron Boyd (33-yard pass from Lullmann), 6:57 left fourth. Garcia kick.
Fort Dodge – Gibbs-Green (87-yard run), 6:01 left fourth. Schillerstrom kick.
Rushing – Fort Dodge: Jamarius Gibbs-Green 16-204, Royce Pederson 5-34, Dreshaun Ross 4-20, Tyler Jacklowsky 2-(minus-2), Team 3-(minus-28). Storm Lake: David William 3-15, Rylan Richardson 1-7, Cameron Boyd 1-1, Marco Cortez 1-(minus-1), Carson Lullmann 6-(minus-43).
Passing – Fort Dodge: Royce Pederson 9-17-1-96. Storm Lake: Carson Lullmann 23-42-3-235.
Receiving – Fort Dodge: Tytrell Mosley 5-44, Jase Nekvinda 2-28, Cal Hartman 2-24. Storm Lake: Cameron Boyd 11-127, David William 6-72, Rylan Richardson 4-24, Braeden Hicks 1-10, Luke Richardson 1-2.