Football: Charest leads Bulldogs past Eagles
Keeping Ottertail Central senior quarterback Marty Charest in check is mandatory to stay in the game with the Bulldogs.
New York Mills was unable to do that as Charest ran for a score and threw three touchdown passes in OTC's 32-13 Homecoming victory in Henning Friday night.
"In the first half OTC ate up the clock by running a lot of plays and keeping the ball on the ground," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said.
The Bulldogs held the Eagles to no first downs in the first half running 45 offensive plays to just 10 for NY Mills.
After a scoreless first quarter, which included a two Eagle defensive stops--one at their own nine-yard line-- Charest scored from the two and tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Smith in the last minute of the half for a 13-0 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs converted two big fourth down plays to keep drives alive.
"If we could have stopped those two plays we had a good chance of going in at halftime 0-0 instead of 13-0."
The Eagles took the opening second half kick-off and ran off a 13-play drive that ended in a Charlie Peeters' one-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 13-7 after a Brandon Kupfer extra point kick.
"We felt good about our chances. I was really proud that we gave a full game effort and to compete with OTC is a step in the right direction because we know how successful their program has been the last 10 years."
That's when Charest took over the game leading the Bulldogs on a quick strike seven-play drive scoring on a 29-yard pass to Jake Williams. A two-point PAT failed making the score 19-7.
Charest was 9-13 for 147 yards and the three TD passes.
Tom Lachowitzer did most of the Bulldog damage on the ground rushing for 133 yards on 28 carries.
The Eagles went three and out on their next drive and threw Peeters was intercepted on the following drive by Cole Eitzen. Eitzen returned the pick to the 25.
Charest hit Smith from 20 yards out two plays later and after an Alex Ukkelberg point after kick the Bulldogs were in command 26-7.
The Eagles answered with an 11-play fourth quarter drive culminating in a six-yard pass from Peeters to Nick LeTourneau. The PAT kick was no good, 26-13.
On the ensuing kickoff, Williams took the ball untouched 77 yards to pay dirt for the final score of the game and the final 32-13.
After being shutout on the scoreboard and in first downs in the first half, the Eagles had 11 first downs in the second half to go with 13 points.
"Our kids didn't quit and we really did some nice things as a team in the second half. Now we just need to put a complete 48-minute game together in all phases of football."
The Bulldogs had 360 yards total offense. NY Mills managed 178.
The Eagles return home for Senior Night in their final game of the season in NY Mills to face a tough Browerville (5-1) squad.
After losing their season opener to #4-ranked 2A Barnesville 25-15, the Tigers have ripped off five consecutive victories, including a 39-7 victory over then-ranked #7 Ottertail Central.
The 10-point loss to Barnesville is the only close game the Trojans have had all season. Barnesville (6-0) is averaging outscoring their opponents 52-7.
Unfortunately, for the Eagles, they will meet the Trojans the final week of the season in Barnesville, which will prove a daunting task.