Wednesday, July 30, 2014

OHS searching for a good play

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 10/9/2013

The Ottawa High School football team needs something good to happen and hopefully early Friday against Spring Hill in the Cyclones’ homecoming game.

Ottawa (2-3) has lost three straight games after opening the season with two big victories.

The Ottawa High School football team needs something good to happen and hopefully early Friday against Spring Hill in the Cyclones’ homecoming game.

Ottawa (2-3) has lost three straight games after opening the season with two big victories.

The Cyclones are coming off two tough performances in losses to St. James and Paola.

“The kids need something good to happen,” Ottawa coach Rob Hedrick said. “The coaches need something good to happen.”

Ottawa’s offense has perked up somewhat, but the defense has taken a step back the past two games. Ottawa did not stop Paola at all.

“A big part of our demise is we are playing catch up,” Hedrick said. “We are putting too much pressure on the defense. We need to control the ball and keep our defense off the field. We need to put some points on the board.”

Spring Hill and Ottawa have been the doormats of the Frontier League in recent seasons. Ottawa won last year’s game.

This year, Ottawa comes in with a league win over De Soto, while Spring Hill (1-4) is winless in the league.

“They are inconsistent,” Hedrick said. “They have a lot of turnovers. They have good kids like everybody. We better not overlook anybody.”

He said the Broncos have given teams fits with their ground attack.

“They move the ball decent against everybody,” Hedrick said. “They just have turnovers. Hopefully, we can start forcing turnovers again. They really try to establish the fullback. They run option. They run a nice quarterback counter that I have only seen stopped a couple of times for no gain all year.

“They will go to a power-I. It is option football with a little power football mixed in.”

Hedrick figures the homecoming activities will not have a negative impact at all.

“Once the game starts, all the homecoming stuff is over with and it is a football game,” Hedrick said. “Hopefully, we will feed off that energy.

“We have to execute better. We need to make sure ‘the go getting them switch’ is turned on once the game starts.”

To help the offense, Hedrick added a few new wrinkles.

“We got some things we can take advantage,” he said. “They are pretty aggressive linebacker-wise.”

New districts: The new districts for the 2014 and 2015 seasons were released Wednesday by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Ottawa was put in the 4A Division I No. 3 district with Baldwin, Eudora and De Soto. The top two teams in each district advance to the playoffs.

Ottawa will play three non-league games. The schedule for the next two seasons will be: Louisburg, Ward, Spring Hill, Prairie View, Paola, Santa Fe Trail, Eudora, Baldwin and De Soto.

Central Heights, Wellsville and West Franklin were paired together along with Jayhawk-Linn in 3A.

All the districts are listed at ottawaherald.com under the sports tab.

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