Polk County's Wylie Rauschenbach uses his head to keep possession of the ball for the Wolverines.

Sometimes, the game within the game is the most entertaining thing to watch.

Take Monday’s Polk County-Mitchell boys soccer clash at G.M. Tennant Stadium. The Wolverines scored six goals in the first 17 minutes en route to a 9-0 victory, the match ending shortly after halftime by mercy rule.

Within the match, though, was the effort to get Polk County senior Cody Dimsdale his first career goal. A senior in his first varsity season, Dimsdale typically enters matches as a defender. But with the Wolverines up 8-0 at halftime, Dimsdale got a shot to move into the attack.

He made the most of it, delivering a low drive just minutes into the second half that found the back of the net.

“I’d like to thanks Coach (Josh) Trejo for giving me the opportunity to put one in the net and give God the glory,” Dimsdale said.

Polk County’s Cole Pereira controls a pass during the first half of Monday’s match

Polk County (12-2, 4-0) dominated the match from the outset against a rebuilding Mitchell program (0-9-1, 0-4). Grayson Jones and Isaac Edwards each scored two goals as the tallies flowed freely throughout the half.

Matias Akers, Fermin Oviedo, Ian Anderson and Dan Dougherty also had goals for the Wolverines, who travel Wednesday to Mountain Heritage for another WHC matchup. The Cougars are coming off a shootout loss to Owen and a 2-1 loss to Madison.

Polk will be looking to retain its undefeated conference record in the quest for a WHC title.

“I felt at the beginning of the season that this is going to be a great season,” Dimsdale said. “All in all,
we’ve grown as a family.

“We were a little sloppy at the beginning of the year, but we’ve pulled together to succeed.”