Strong First Half, Big Plays Power Owatonna Football Past Northfield 34-23
With the five newest inductees into the OHS athletic hall of fame looking on, the Huskies beat the Raiders 34-23 for their third straight win.
Owatonna jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and built that to a 27-3 advantage by halftime on their way to a 34-23 victory over Northfield. Sam Hylle dashed 53 yards and seven yards to cap Owatonna's first two drives.
After trading punts, the Owatonna defense limited Northfield to a field goal early in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Bryce Goodwin sprinted 95 yards for a touchdown and a 21-3 lead. The next Raiders drive ended on an interception on a ball batted in the air by Blake Westphal and caught by Hylle. That set up a short TD drive and the 27-3 halftime lead.
Northfield, which rallied from a three-touchdown deficit against Mankato East last week, scored twice in the third quarter to pull within 27-16. Early in the fourth quarter the Huskies went for a fourth down and nine from Northfield's 20-yard line. Alex Emanuelson threw into the end zone for Dalton Kubista, who won a battle for the ball with a defender. That boosted the Huskies lead to 34-16 with 9:15 to go. Northfield scored on their next possession for the final margin of the game, 34-23.
Hylle carried 26 times for 164 yards. He also helped shore up the linebacker corps for Owatonna with the absence of Alex Holcomb due to a knee injury. Hylle won the Kottke Jewelers Diamond Player of the Game honor for his efforts.
Owatonna (3-1 overall, 2-0 in the red division of the Big Southeast district) plays at Austin on Friday, Sept. 18.
Friday scores, September 11
Owatonna 34, Northfield 23
Blooming Prairie 39, JWP 23
NRHEG 41, GFW 6
Caledonia 34, Triton 7
Faribault Bethlehem Academy 18, Medford 13
Rochester Mayo 42, New Prague 6
Mankato West 56, Austin 18
Winona 44, Red Wing 20
Rochester JM 35, Century 7
Kenyon-Wanamingo 15, Mankato Loyola 8
Goodhue 41, Southland 0
Stewartville 36, Kasson-Mantorville 6
Rochester Lourdes 28, Cannon Falls 6
Jordan 35, Albert Lea 14
Tri City United 53, Worthington 0
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 36, Winona Cotter 0
Chatfield 33, Pine Island 0
Byron 37, Lake City 6
WEM 32, Le Sueur-Henderson 6
Rushford-Peterson 31, Hayfield 6
St. Croix Valley 6, Steele County Blades 5, OT