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NYM Football: Mills shut out by OTC

Jordan Novak fights for additional yards as he is stopped after a gain against OTC.
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NYM Football: Mills shut out by OTC
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By John George

New York Mills offense struggled in their home opener at Smith Field Friday night, as they dropped to 0-2 with a 47-0 loss to Otter Tail Central.

The Eagles managed just 57 yards in total offense as they were shut out for the second-straight week to start the season. Quarterback Tanner Wegscheid led Mills with 14 yards rushing on eight carries. He was also 4-for-7 passing, but that only netted 18 yards. Jordan Novak had 13 yards rushing on eight carries, and caught two passes for 8 yards.

OTC scored on their first two possessions for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They tacked on three more scores in the second quarter for a 34-0 lead at the half.

The Bulldogs took advantage of Mills miscues to score quickly on four of their TD's . In the first quarter already ahead 7-0, OTC took advantage of a 50-yard pass play during a three-play, 55-yard scoring drive.

In the second quarter, OTC needed just six plays to cover 20 yards after a Mills punt went zero yards. Then twice, they turned Eagle interceptions into quick strikes. One coming on a one-play, 26 yard run. The other on a 23-yard pass to cap a three-play, 35 yard drive.

Mills best shot at preventing the shut out came in the third quarter when a drive stalled at the Bulldog 15-yard line, and ended with a 32-yard missed field goal.

OTC (1-1, 1-0 Prairie-North) opened their season last week with a 21-12 loss against Upsala/Swanville Area. The Bulldogs won last year's contest over the Eagles in Battle Lake, 56-13, and have now won three-straight over NY Mills.

Things will not get any easier for the Eagles (0-2, 0-1 Prairie-North) Sept. 18. They will host the defending Class A State champs and current No. 1 team, Kurkhoven-MurdockSunberg. K-M-S beat NY Mills last year, 41-6, for their third-straight win in the series.

Friday, September 11

Otter Tail Central 47, NY Mills 0

Otter Tail Central 14-20-7-6--47

New York Mills 0- 0- 0- 0-- 0

First Quarter

OTC--Hull 2 run (Skibness kick) 9:23

OTC--Winkler 2 run (Skibness kick) 6:52

Second Quarter

OTC--Winkler 2 run (Skibness kick) 9:33

OTC--Marso 26 pass from Charest (Skibness kick) 7:47

OTC--Ukkelberg 23 run (kick wide) 2:32

Third Quarter

OTC--Ukkelberg 21 pass from Charest (Skibness kick) 7:13

Fourth Quarter

OTC--Hart 6 run (run failed) 2:28


Rush--yds 22-39 32-272

Pass yds 18 166

Comp--Att-In 4-7-2 6-9-0

Fbles-lost 4-2 4-0

Pen-yds 8-47 4-30

Individual Statistics

Rushing--Tanner Wegscheid 8-14; Jordan Novak 8-13; Eric Tumberg 3-9; Derik Gaudette 1-6; Shane Novak 1-2; Nick LeTourneau 1 (-5).

Passing--Wegscheid 4-7, 18 yds, 2 Int.

Receiving--Novak 2-8; Jarrod Norton 1-10; Tumberg 1-0