Owatonna Football Rides Strong Second Half to 26-7 Victory over John Marshall
Owatonna senior defensive back Brett Solie rode JM's top running back to the ground, stripping the football free for a fumble on a key play in the third quarter of Friday's game.
With the game even at 7-7, the Rockets were threatening to score as Jordan Velez sprinted around the left end for a big gain deep into Owatonna territory. Solie hopped aboard his back and ripped the ball free and Ben Staska recovered it at the Huskies' 14-yard line.
Owatonna punted on that drive but the field position battle was starting to shift in the Huskies' favor and OHS scored three times in the fourth quarter for their 12th straight win over JM. After a short Rochester punt, the Huskies covered 24 yards in three plays, ending with a 15-yard Jacob Gauthier pass to Alex Raichle.
The next drive started at midfield with the Huskies marching into the end zone in seven plays, ending with Jason Williamson's one-yard run. Williamson capped the next possession, after JM lost the ball on downs, with a one-yard plunge for the 26-7 final. He also scored Owatonna's first touchdown of the night on a 56-yard dash. Williamson had more than 230 rushing yards on 35 carries.
The Huskies defense held No. 8AAAAA JM to less than 50 yards of offense in the second half. Owatonna (1-1) plays at Faribault on Friday, September 16, at 7PM. The Falcons blanked Red Wing 41-0 and are 1-1 on the season.
Friday was the Hall of Fame game for the Huskies with the five newest members of the athletic hall of fame being inducted. They are OHS athletes Tim Braaten, Joe Kiley, Laura Kenow, coach Dale Timm and former KRFO owner Todd Hale.
Football scores for Friday, September 9
Owatonna 26, Rochester JM 7
Blooming Prairie 32, Faribault BA 0
JWP 31, Medford 25
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 26, Triton 24
Rochester Mayo 24, Rochester Century 6
Faribault 41, Red Wing 0
Northfield 45, New Prague 25
Winona 48, Austin 7
Mankato West 28, Mankato East 21
Belle Plaine 31, Albert Lea 6