Braves fall to No. 8 Southwest, 29-6
Game recap: Soccer |
OTTAWA, Kansas – The uOttawa football team lost their season opener Saturday night at AdventHealth Field 29-6 to no. 8 Southwest College. OU freshman kicker Lewis McMullen put his name in the UO record books. His 48-yard field goal is the fifth-longest field goal in OU history.
Neither team was able to put the ball in the end zone in the first quarter. Both offenses returned the ball on tries during the quarter. Early in the second, Ottawa drove the ball to Moundbuilder’s 14-yard line. On the fourth and one, Lewis McMullen came out to attempt a 31-yard field goal. The first college kick of the freshman was good, giving OU a 3-0 lead with 14:15 left in the half.
The OU defense came in strong on Southwestern’s first possession in the second quarter. The Moundbuilders had the ball first and the goal from Ottawa’s three-yard line. An incomplete pass and three consecutive rushes later, OU’s offense recovered the ball on the downs. James Gladen and Tony Aiono, Jr. came with the defensive stop at fourth and second.
Unfortunately, the attack was unable to get the ball out of the shadow of the end zone. In the punt attempt, the snap sailed over the bettor OR that of Adam Gilbert lead, giving Southwestern two points to cut OU’s lead to 3-2.
The teams traded punts and Southwestern took over on their 19-game winning streak with 1:26 left in the half. After a false start from Southwestern, the OU defense forced a turnover from Moundbuilder. Kevin Wade managed to snatch the ball from the arms of SWC’s Layke Hoffman after a big kick Santino Gee. Devin Johnson picked up the fumble at the SWC 30-yard line and OU took over with 1:13 left in the first half.
The Braves were unable to move the ball and McMullen went out for a 48-yard field goal attempt. His kick was good and Ottawa extended their lead to 6-2.
Southwestern knelt to end the half and OU took a 6-2 locker room lead.
The Moundbuilders were given the ball to start the second half and wasted no time in taking their first lead of the game. Luke Barnes completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Hoffman. The extra run attempt was good by Gabriel Medrano and Southwestern led 9-6.
Ottawa was forced to the punt on its first offensive possession of the second half, but the OU defense quickly returned the ball to the Braves. Saamad Ali intercepted Barnes at the SWC 40-yard line and Ottawa took over at the Moundbuilder 33-yard line with 9:48 left in the third quarter.
The OU attack could not take advantage of the good position on the field. A Austin Zavala pass intercepted by Riley Havird. He returned it 82 yards for the touchdown. Medrano’s extra run attempt was good and SWC had a 16-6 lead over the Braves with 8:49 on the clock in the third quarter.
On the Braves’ next offensive possession, OU drove the ball to the southwest 31-yard line. This is where the reader stalled. McMullen came out to attempt a second field goal from 48 yards. This time the ball hit the crossbar and did not cross the uprights, giving SWC the ball on their own 31-yard line.
Southwestern didn’t hold onto the ball for long as the OU defense offered another out. Kyle Reynolds intercepted Barnes’ pass and OU took over on their own four-yard line. The Brave offense was unable to set up a drive and was forced to punt.
Southwestern managed to score on their next offensive possession. A four-yard touchdown pass from Barnes to Ziyon Kenner. Medrano’s extra kick was good and with 10:26 left in the game, Ottawa led 23-6.
The Moundbuilders scored another touchdown in the game. Ottawa was unable to respond and Southwestern took the win 29-6.
Inside the box
- Ottawa finished the game with 248 yards on offense, 102 rushing and 146 passing.
- Southwestern had 214 yards airborne and 91 yards rushing for 305 yards on offense.
- Jared Daniels led OU with 57 rushing yards on 14 attempts.
- Austin Zavala went 17 for 27 through the air for 119 yards.
- Jermaine Ziegler led the OU with seven receptions for 64 yards.
- Corey Jones had five receptions for 36 yards.
- Kyle Reynolds led OU with seven tackles, one interception and a pass breakup
- Kevin Wade and Santino Gee had five tackles each.
Ottawa (0-1, 0-1) is on the road next Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. against the University of Avila. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.