Saturday, November 29, 2014

Quick TD strikes down Braves

By The Herald Staff | 11/25/2013

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two touchdowns 31 seconds apart put Grand View, Iowa, in total control Saturday in its first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series football game.

The Ottawa University football team did not recover and fell 38-13 to the Vikings in cold and snowy conditions at Des Moines, Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two touchdowns 31 seconds apart put Grand View, Iowa, in total control Saturday in its first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series football game.

The Ottawa University football team did not recover and fell 38-13 to the Vikings in cold and snowy conditions at Des Moines, Iowa.

Second-ranked Grand View led No. 15 Ottawa, 10-7 with less than a minute remaining in the first half. The Vikings capped off an eight-play, 63-yard drive for a touchdown with 55 seconds remaining.

Ottawa then threw an interception, which led to a quick Viking score. Grand View went 18 yards in four plays to score with 24 seconds left in the half.

Ottawa trailed 24-7 at halftime.

The Braves answered the Vikings first touchdown drive with a scoring drive of their own. Ottawa drove 48 yards in eight plays capped off by Michael Behr’s 18-yard scramble on a third-and-11 play. Ottawa tied the game at 7-7 with 4:33 left in the first quarter.

Grand View led 10-7 on a 28-yard field goal with 7:25 left in the first half.

The Vikings scored on their first possession of the second half to extend the lead to 31-7. Ottawa answered after recovering a fumble at the Grand View 30.

Freshman quarterback Marshall Wethington, who entered the game on this drive for an injured Behr, connected on a 27-yard pass to Kellan Hernandez to set up Luke Lundy’s touchdown. The extra point was blocked as Ottawa closed within 31-13.

Ottawa did not score again as the final four drives ended with quarterback sacks, a fumble and an interception.

The Braves finished with a season-low 186 yards of offense. The Vikings had 435 yards.

Lundy rushed for 90 yards on 23 attempts. Behr went 6-for-12 for 76 yards and an interception.

Josh Stangby led Ottawa with two catches.

Conference defensive player of the year Deron Bruce led the Ottawa defense with 12 tackles. He had a quarterback sack and four tackles for loss. Jake Granitz tallied 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Ottawa, which was making its fifth straight playoff appearance, finished 8-4.

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