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Bobcats roll DM North to hit 2-0

August 27, 2011
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

DES MOINES - A quick-striking offense and shutdown defense led to a Marshalltown landslide on Friday.

The Bobcats claimed a 60-0 victory over Des Moines North on Friday at Grubb Stadium in Week 1 of the high school football season.

Marshalltown (2-0) matched its highest scoring output in 15 years with its 60 points - three rushing touchdowns, five passing scores, all eight PATs and two safeties.

The MHS defense stuffed the Polar Bears (0-2) to the tune of 24 yards of total offense.

"It you look at the situation tonight, it's a nice win. We got out of the gate, played a lot of kids and came out healthy," said Marshalltown head coach Dave Holdiman. "That's a combination that no coach can feel bad about."

Dominick Osborne led MHS with four touchdowns on the night - two rushing and two receiving.

The Bobcats got a quick safety in the first quarter and were off to the races, building a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter then adding 30 points in the second quarter for a 46-0 halftime lead.

The Marshalltown defense notched its first shutout since the 2009 season (Newton) by having a pair of safeties and blocking three punts on the night. North's 41 plays netted 24 yards. The Polar Bears had 1 rushing yard on 32 attempts and had nine pass attempts for 23 yards.

The Bobcats came out of the second half wanting to give their starters one series before going to the bench and that didn't take long at all.

Ty Steffensen took a pass at the line of scrimmage and after a series of cutbacks scored on a 68-yard reception from quarterback Blake Gimbel. Marshalltown had several scoring drives of less than a minute on the night.

The second and third teams, both offense and defense, also played well to close it out.

"Every way you look at the game, it's a positive for us," Holdiman said.

Gimbel finished 13-for-19 passing for 334 yards with five touchdowns and an INT.

Both of Ty Steffensen's catches went for scores (68 and 37) as he finished with two receptions for 105 yards.

Brandon Pettigrew had three catches for 71 yards, Osborne three receptions for 47 yards and two scores, while Austin Hauser had three grabs for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Osborne rushed for a team-high 25 yards with two TDs.

Marshalltown outgained the Polar Bears 421 to 24 on the night. Because of the Bobcats' ability to strike quick, they had the ball for 19:44 compared to North's 28:16.

"We were much more consistent than a week ago," Holdiman said of the MHS offense, which did not punt until the closing minutes of the contest.

Kyle Carnahan had an interception for the Bobcats inside the 5-yard line to stop the Polar Bears' best scoring chance.

Marshalltown travels to Johnston (2-0) next Friday.