Le Mars Outlasts Orabs in Sheldon

Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs caught fire late in the contest scoring the games final three touchdowns but it was the Bulldogs who got the win 27-25 Friday night.

Le Mars scored first on a 3 yard Colton Hoag touchdown run. Quarterback Tate Westhoff scored   on a 2-point conversion and the Bulldogs were up 8-0 with 11:56 to go in the first half.

An interception return to the Sheldon 40 yard line set up a Westhoff to Hoag 12 yard touchdown pass. The extra point by Trevor Smith made it 15-0 with 7:01 left in the half.

After taking over on downs at the Sheldon 48 the Bulldogs would convert a fourth and ten from the Orabs 30 yard line for their third score. Westhoff hit Aisea Toki for the touchdown. The kick was no good but Le Mars had moved in front 21-0 with 3:38 left in the first half.

Sheldon got on the board on a 64 yard strike from Kaleb Ackerman to Tyrel Lindemann. Brian Bernal added the extra point to cut the lead to 21-7 with :50 seconds left in the half.

In the third quarter a fumble recovery at the Sheldon 18 led to a Trevor Smith 5 yard run. The kick was no good but the Bulldogs had a commanding 27-7 lead with 2:50 left in the third quarter.

From there Sheldon began the comeback. It started with a 65 yard drive that ended when Ackerman found Mitchal Wolf for a 14 yard score. The kick was no good but the lead was trimmed to 27-13 with 11:55 left in the game.

On the ensuing kick off Sheldon recovered a Le Mars fumble at the Bulldog 30 yard line and 1:20 later Brian Bernal scored on a 1 yard run. The kick was no good and Sheldon was down 27-19 with 10:35 left in the game.

Another forced fumble and recovery by the Orabs again at the Le Mars 30 led to the games final score as Ackerman hit Lindemann for the 4 yard score. The 2-point attempt failed and Sheldon was within 27-25 with 4:08 left in the game. With no further scoring that would be the final.

With the win the Bulldogs improve to 2-1 on the season. Sheldon falls to 1-2 with the loss. Both teams will be at home next Friday. The Orabs will host Estherville Lincoln Central. Le Mars will host Sioux City North as they christen their new turf field.

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