OGDEN — Nodaway Valley took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Ogden steadily climbed back into the game on its way to a 32-16 win over the Wolverines in first round action of the Class 1A playoffs here Wednesday.
After Ogden fumbled the opening kickoff, Nodaway Valley sophomore quarterback Jackson Lamb hit senior TJ Bower for a 17-yard touchdown, putting the Wolverines up 6-0 after a missed extra point.
The Wolverine defense played well in the first quarter, as Ogden was battling a strong headwind during the quarter.
Senior running back Zach Brewer scampered in from 29 yards out to give the Wolverines a 14-0 lead with 2:04 left in the first quarter after a Brennen Weiland 2-point conversion.
“It was a battle of field position,” Nodaway Valley head coach Steve Shantz said. “We switched sides and that wind was going pretty good, and we never could get past our 15-yard line and kept punting to them.”
Ogden capitalized, finally getting on the scoreboard with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Frye to Jake West with 2:10 to go in the first half.
Once the second half started, Ogden kept the Wolverines pinned in their own territory.
“They did some nice things up front,” Shantz said. “We got stuffed a few times and ended up punting. We wore down a little bit. Penalties also hurt — 12 penalties for 100 yards. They kind of got on a roll and we got on our heels. They did a nice job defending our offense.”
Nodaway Valley played the game shorthanded, suiting only 20 players for the game, one of which — Zach Plymesser — had a broken rib and was relegated to just punting duties. With Plymesser not playing receiver, that left the Wolverines with only two receivers — Bower and Baley Shantz.
“He (Plymesser) did a phenomenal job,” Shantz said. “He kicked one 50-yarder into the wind. Kicked one down to their 1-yard line, which we got our safety on. I thought Zach did a heck of a job on that end.”
Ogden (9-1) advances to the second round, where the Bulldogs will take on (10-0) Council Bluffs St. Albert on Monday in Council Bluffs.
Nodaway Valley finishes the season 5-5. The Wolverines exceeded expectations after coming into the season low on numbers.
“I can’t say enough about the team,” Shantz said. “None of these kids were looking for individual things. They were all worried about the guy next to them. Unbelievable how they got better and better each game. Just a fun group to work with. It was a satisfying year.”
Ogden 32, Nodaway Valley 16
NV 14 0 0 2 - 16
Ogden 0 7 15 10 - 32
NV — TJ Bower 17 pass from Jackson Lamb (Kick failed), 10:29
NV — Zach Brewer 29 run (Brennen Weiland run), 2:04
O — Jake West 19 pass from Caleb Frye (Kolton Christle kick), 2:10
O — Frye 14 run (Austin Lentz run), 8:54
O — Lentz 7 run (Christle kick), 6:35
O — Lentz 1 run (Christle kick), 11:56
NV — Safety, 8:25
O — Christle 26 field goal, 5:06
Rushing: NV - Zach Brewer 25-100, Josh Allsup 5-29, Brennen Weiland 4-11. O - Caleb Frye 9-79, Austin Lentz 22-63, Kolton Christle 4-21, Zane Satre 1-6, Luke West 1-4, Jonathon Thompson 3-4.
Passing: NV - Jackson Lamb 5-11-1 for 59 yards. O - Caleb Frye 10-18-1 for 151 yards.
Receiving: NV - TJ Bower 3-27, Baley Shantz 1-17, Jaydn Erlandson 1-15, Zach Brewer 1-0. O - Luke West 6-1109, Jake West 1-19, Grant Heineman 1-9, Austin Lentz 2-14.
Tackles (solo-assists): NV - Michael Stender 5-7, Caleb Mueller 4-4, TJ Bower 5-3, Josh Allsup 3-5, Jackson Lamb 5-1, Baley Shantz 5-0, Zach Brewer 3-1, Brennen Weiland 1-2, Mason Clarke 1-2, Tanner Armstrong 1-2, Ryan Jensen 1-1.
Fumble recoveries: NV - Josh Allsup 2, Jackson Lamb 1.
Interceptions: NV - Jackson Lamb 1.