Owatonna Puts Faribault Away Early in 61-0 Rout to Open Season
Owatonna scored 27 points in the first quarter of Friday night's season opener against Faribault at the OHS football field, then scored 27 more in the second quarter for a 54-0 halftime lead and early showers for most of the starters.
Abe Havelka had at least four touchdown passes in the first half, each was a little different. He found the tall Dalton Kubista for two scoring strikes in the corner of the end zone from 14 and 33 yards out. A bubble screen to Alex Raichle turned into an 83-yard touchdown as he sprinted up the home sidelines. Havelka also made a throw toward a wide open Raichle that appeared to be out of reach, only to be hauled in by the speedster for a 21-yard score.
Havelka also handed, or maybe flipped, the ball to Noah Budach on a jet sweep play that went nine yards for a score. Whether it was four or five TD passes, it was just short of the OHS record of six in a game held by Ian Langeberg from 2013 against Rochester Century.
Jason Williamson rushed for over 100 yards in the first half which included a 45-yard scoring sprint and a 26-yard run that featured a wicked open field cut that left a Faribault player in his wake. Williamson, just a junior, moved past Andy Kath into 13th on the all-time rushing list in Owatonna football history. Next on the list is Sam Hylle. Ethan Walter scored the only touchdown of the second half on a two-yard play after making a nifty 35-yard run to get the ball to the goal line.
Owatonna's defense held the Falcons to about 70 totals yards on the night and forced three fumbles. OHS started with the ball at the 50-yard line or better for five straight possessions in the first half. With the breeze in their face in the second stanza, the kicking game added to Faribault's misery and helped give Owatonna those short fields.
The Huskies host Rochester Mayo Friday September 8 at 7PM on 'Hall of Fame' night.
Friday football scoreboard, September 1
Owatonna 61, Faribault 0
Blooming Prairie 37, Southland 14
Pipestone Area 14, NRHEG 7
Northfield 31, Mankato East 14
Austin 40, Rochester Mayo 21
Winona 50, Rochester JM 7
Mankato West 28, Rochester Century 0
New Prague 56, Red Wing 8
Marshall 70, Albert Lea 0
USC 6, Faribault BA 0
Kenyon-Wanamingo 28, JWP 14
Goodhue 21, Wabasha-Kellog 0