Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ottawa topples Prairie View

By GREG MAST, Herald Sports Editor | 9/6/2013

Ottawa High School played old-time football Friday night in its 28-8 win over Prairie View at Steve Grogan Stadium.

Ottawa relied on a stout defense, good special teams play and a ground attack.

Ottawa High School played old-time football Friday night in its 28-8 win over Prairie View at Steve Grogan Stadium.

Ottawa relied on a stout defense, good special teams play and a ground attack.

The Cyclones scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give Ottawa a 20-point cushion.

“I am glad we asserted ourselves late in the game,” first-year Ottawa coach Rob Hedrick said. “We were physically better than them late in the game. That was a positive.”

The first touchdown in the fourth quarter was an 18-yard scamper by Andre Lewis. The second was a 2-yard run by Kord Ferguson, his second touchdown of the game. He also had a two-point conversion.

“They made it happen,” Hedrick said. “They imposed their will on Prairie View in the second half. They knew we were going to run. That is what we have to do.”

The backfield duo of Ferguson and Alex Lynch made life rough on Prairie View.

“Alex and him in the backfield is a nice backfield,” Hedrick said. “We have a lot of options.”

Ottawa got off to a quick start with two scores in the first four minutes. After recovering the first of three fumbles, Ferguson scored from 17 yards out.

After the defense forced a punt, Lewis returned the punt 78 yards for a score.

“That was nice,” Hedrick said about the start.

Then Ottawa had a lot of mistakes, especially offensively.

“We did not start out perfect,” Hedrick said. “We have a lot of work to do. I know it is not going to be perfect. I am glad it ended up the way it did.

“We will get our mistakes figured out. These kids want to learn. They want to get better.”

The only touchdown given up came on a 78-yard pass.

“We had two kids in good position,” Hedrick said. “They were two of our first-year players. It was inexperience. They were in the right place.

“The defense was solid. We have to be able to play defense like that.”

Hedrick said the win is a big deal.

“It feels good,” he said. “The kids worked so hard.”

Ottawa (1-0) plays 7 p.m. Friday at home against De Soto.

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