WILLIAMSBURG — There was a time in Monday night’s Pella-Williamsburg football game that may have led one to wonder if the Dutch wished they would have rather stayed on the bus.
That’s because the Raiders scored early and often, defeating Pella, 54-27, and advancing in the Class 3A football playoffs.
Williamsburg junior quarterback Jacob Donohoe completed 7 of 8 passes for 187 yards and five touchdowns, playing little over a half.
“The line was outstanding tonight,” Donohoe said. “They really gave me time to throw.”
But he was only part of the story. The other part was the domination of the Raider team.
Bryan MacDonald got the scoring started, taking a handoff and rambling 34 yard with just over a minute gone in the game. Nicholas Spratt added a one-yard score later in the quarter, followed by Donohoe’s first TD pass, a 44 yarder to Jordan McMenomy.
Williamsburg rolled to a 40-7 halftime lead and, at one point, was ahead, 54-7, early in the third quarter before substituting freely.
Williamsburg totaled 375 yards of total offense.
“Really we wanted to get the running game going, which we were able to do,” Donohoe said. “That really set up our passing lanes.”
MacDonald led the rushing attach with 53 yards on six carries and one touchdown.
“We really didn’t expect this,” Williamsburg Coach Curt Ritchie said. “ … we really stepped up tonight. I’m proud of the effort of this team.”
The Raiders (9-1) face Winterset on Friday.