Turnovers Costly In Loss To Eagles

By Jeff Gulley

In a game that included 22 penalties for 216 yards, Osawatomie’s only highlight was a 79-yard touchdown run by Brandon Oakes.

Wellsville made its case for a Pioneer League title beating Osawatomie 46-8 to remain undefeated.

Both teams battled to a scoreless first quarter. Wellsville got the first break of the game late in the first when Brandon Oakes fumbled. But the Eagles could not make Osawatomie pay.

Wellsville would put together a drive to open the second quarter and score on an 18-yard pass and take a 6-0 lead.

Oakes then tied the game on a 79-yard touchdown run but was clearly limping when he returned to the sideline.

Osawatomie’s defense started to take control of the game and had the Eagles on their heels in the second quarter. A pass was nearly intercepted by Deven Ayers that would have been a touchdown for Osawatomie but the pass was dropped. Wellsville punted.

On the Trojans’ first play, Austin Chisam’s pass was picked off  by Wellsville middle linebacker and returned for a touchdown. Momentum had shifted again to the Eagles who now led 14-6.

“That’s not a game winner for them but the momentum we lost, we just can’t let that happen,” coach Clint Bailey said.

They added to their lead with a 15-yard touchdown pass at the end of the half and the Eagles led 22-6.

The Trojans would not score again. Wellsville added 15 points in the third quarter and 8 in the fourth.

Osawatomie turned the ball over four times on fumbles with one interception.

“Coming out of the first half I thought we played a decent ball game,” Bailey said. “We went in at halftime and tried to make a few changes but we just didn’t respond I guess. “They get a few big plays but turnovers killed our drives.”

Oakes ended the game with 118 yards rushing. Chisam was 3 for 8 passing for 32 yards. Bailey said the injuries were tough to deal with but he didn’t know how severe they were.

Bailey was also not happy with the personal foul penalties and the lack of discipline on some plays.

Matt Lofing led the defense with 14 tackles and Zak Higgins had 10. Lofing took a shot to the helmet in the second quarter and was shaken up but returned to the game.

The Trojans play at Prairie View Friday night with a chance to spoil the Buffalos homecoming and move to 2-1 in league play.


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