The Huskies defense held Northfield to fewer than 100 rushing yards while beating the No. 10-5A Raiders 21-3 on Friday at Memorial Field in Northfield.

Owatonna's dominant defensive line was led by a rotation of five players who shared the Kottke Jeweler's Diamond Player of the Game award. Goy Tut, Cameron Elmore, Kadyn Mulert, Chandler Buckhalter and Cole Bergeman limited the Raiders to just a third of their rushing average through the first three games of the season.

The Huskies' success in the trenches forced the Raiders into going more to their passing game than they are accustomed, completing seven of 13 passes after halftime. Northfield gained just 10 yards on the ground in the second half and 165 total yards in the game.

Jason Williamson powered Owatonna's rushing attack with 185 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Abe Havelka completed 11 of 25 passing attempts in his first varsity experience and scored on a one-yard run midway through the third quarter. That completed the scoring at 21-3. Owatonna forced the Raiders to lose the ball on downs on each of the next two drives. OHS followed that up with a long drive in the fourth quarter that didn't result in points but burned out most of the remaining time.

Owatonna's first score was on a six-yard run by Williamson, who took the direct snap in the wildcat formation halfway through the first quarter. Northfield got a 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter to narrow the gap to 7-3. The Huskies' second touchdown drive was set up when blitzing linebackers Journey Peterson and Mitch Wiese met at the Northfield quarterback and forced a fumble. Williamson completed the drive with a 26-yard run.

Owatonna (2-2, 2-0 Red Sub-district) hosts Austin on Friday, September 30, for their homecoming game.

Football scores, Friday, September 23
Owatonna 21, Northfield 3
Blooming Prairie 12, JWP 8
NRHEG 58, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 8
Faribault Bethlehem Academy 24, Medford 21
Caledonia 42, Triton 20
Mankato East 20, Faribault 12
Rochester Mayo 41, New Prague 27
Mankato West 58, Austin 15
Rochester JM 13, Rochester Century 6
Winona 38, Red Wing 0
Byron 35, Lake City 33
Kenyon-Wanamingo 42, Mankato Loyola 0
Stewartville 33, Kasson-Mantorville 28
Rochester Lourdes 26, Cannon Falls 6
Pine Island 21, Chatfield 15
Waseca 47, Belle Plaine 14

Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media