7 Great Owatonna High School Football Games
As we get set for the prep football season I looked back on some of the most exciting and impactful regular-season Owatonna High School football games over the past several years.
I will dig through the archives for the top playoff games when that time of year rolls around. This will be my 25th year of calling Owatonna football games on KRFO. Brad Fischer has been providing the color commentary for even longer than that, but is still looking as young as can be.
To list seven games was a random choice. If you have memories from a different game that I should have included, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to me at a game. The list is not so much a ranking but just a look back through the past few years.
The 2016 Huskies face a tough start to their campaign. Their season-opening opponent Mankato West was a state semifinalist last year. Week two features Rochester John Marshall, who lost to West in the state quarterfinals. Week three sends the Huskies to Northfield, who lost to JM in the Section 1AAAAA finals.
If history is a good measuring stick, we can expect a very competitive season from Owatonna. Over 20 seasons as head coach, Jeff Williams' teams have had a .500 or better record 17 times.
Coming off a loss to Mankato West in week one, the Huskies were down 14-0 before rallying to force overtime. The Huskies also had to overtime a penalty and boot a 35-year PAT to force the second OT.
The Huskies needed a blocked PAT at the end of regulation to force overtime.
No. 1 Owatonna beat No. 2 Mankato West on a 38-yard field goal by Carter McCauley as time expired. It was the only close game the Huskies experienced on their way to the first state football title in school history.
Down 41-7 at the half, the Huskies had five straight scoring drives in the second half to shock nearly everyone in attendance. Owatonna went on to play in the Prep Bowl, where they lost to powerhouse Totino-Grace.
Owatonna unveiled their no-huddle, hurry-up offense in their 2011 season opener. Colton Schock threw two touchdown passes to Drew Osmundson.
The Huskies defense came up with a couple of interceptions to stop a Spartan attack that moved the ball well.
Not every game in the list should be an Owatonna win. Faribault scored with :02 left on a fourth-down play on a muddy field in rainy conditions. It's a tough game for Owatonna fans to remember, though the 2012 game probably got some "payback" for the Owatonna program.