Owatonna Uses Short Game to Whip Rochester Mayo 42-21
Owatonna started half of their 12 possessions in Mayo territory Friday night on their way to a 42-21 win on Sack Cancer night and parents night at the OHS field.
The Huskies turned half of those opportunities into touchdowns. They also had a couple of longer scoring drives. The highlight play of the night may have been when Owatonna ran a reverse on the opening kickoff of the second half. Jay Sullivan fielded the ball around the 20-yard line and handed it off to Jason Williamson, who ran behind a wall of players for a touchdown that put Owatonna up 28-7.
OHS supplemented that with a pair of short drives in the third quarter. Alex Raichle caught a short pass from Abe Havelka and made some drastic moves to enter the end zone. Griffin Thorn capped the next drive with a battering run of his own. Rochester Mayo finally connected on some longer passes to put together consecutive touchdown drives in the fourth quarter for the 42-21 final.
The Spartans opened the scoring with a long TD pass midway through the first quarter. Owatonna answered with a nine-play, 73-yard drive that included a fourth down conversion and ended with a three-yard touchdown pass from Havelka to Noah Budach.
The Huskies scored on back-to-back drives in the second quarter. While kicking a field goal for a 10-7 lead, Owatonna's Aidan Buryska was roughed and the Huskies took the points off the board to take a first-and-goal from the five. Havelka ran the ball in for a 14-7 lead. A short time later Havelka found Budach with a laser beam throw that Budach tipped to himself as he ran into the end zone for a 21-7 halftime advantage.
Mayo outgained OHS about 315 to 285 yards but turned the ball over three times compared to the Huskies' one. An apparent interception thrown by OHS was nullified due to an offensive penalty that should have stopped the play from continuing. It did cause a bit of confusion for fans. Owatonna (4-2, 3-0 Red Subdistrict) plays at New Prague on Friday, October 14. Mayo (4-2, 2-1) plays at John Marshall next Friday.
Friday, October 7, football scores
Owatonna 42, Rochester Mayo 21
Rochester Century 32, New Prague 0
Northfield 36, Rochester JM 14
Mankato West 42, Red Wing 0
Austin 50, Albert Lea 7
Winona 26, Faribault 8
Marshall 42, Mankato East 12
Blooming Prairie 53, Medford 29
NRHEG 14, Le Sueur-Henderson 11
Triton 54, St. Charles 32