Huskies pull off 16-14 win in final minutes
The Owatonna Huskies took home their first win of the season in a dramatic 16-14 finish against Rochester Century.
The game came down to the wire as a fourth-down stop deep in Owatonna territory gave the Huskies the ability to take a knee and run out the clock victorious.
“Coach Achterkirch is pretty good at dialing up blitzes that a team hasn’t seen. So as their line is getting into a groove where their pass-pro goes, then he changes something up. And they came home and it was huge. It was a big play in a really important situation, and that’s all on coach Achterkirch,” said Williams.
Thie game started slowly and both teams went scoreless in the first quarter of play.
Neither offense could find a rhythm and as they were met by fierce resistance by the opposing defense.
Strong defensive play continued into the second quarter when with 4:37 left to play in the half, senior outside linebacker Luke Wottreng made an incredible pick-six interception to boost the Huskies to a 7-0 lead.
The score would remain 7-0 at half as both offenses continued to struggle.
After the half, however, the Century offense found some life as a huge run up the middle led to a long score, tying the game at 7-7 with 10:18 to go in the third quarter.
Owatonna would retaliate with a long, 30-yard field goal to regain the lead at 10-7 in the third.
Yet, they wouldn’t keep the lead for long.
Another long run from the Century half of the field, scored another touchdown pushing the score to 14-10 in favor of Century.
Going into the fourth quarter, Century would keep the 14-10 lead.
With 10:06 remaining in the fourth, Owatonna’s offense found pay dirt as senior tailback Dylan Maas punched in a touchdown run from near the fifteen-yard line.
It was at this point that Owatonna would never relinquish the lead.
Century threatened on their last two drives, building steam and marching downfield.
However, they were on the wrong end of some crucial plays.
A would-be touchdown pass was dropped in the end zone before Century receivers dropped two other possible first-down completions.
Then, on fourth down, the Huskies managed to pull off the sack and end the game triumphant.
The Huskies took a knee to complete the game to loud cheers from the home crowd.
Williams said that the win brought about more of a sense of relief than jubilee as the team knew that it took a lot of digging deep to pull out the win.
One player who showed exceptional toughness was quarterback Taylor Bogen, who came off the field in the third quarter with an injury to his leg.
Williams said that team doctors believe the injury is a mild sprain to the lateral collateral ligament, a thin band of tissue that connects the femur to the fibula, providing stability to the knee.
Coming up next for the Huskies will be an away game against Mankato West on Sept. 17.
The Mankato West Scarlets should be some intense competition for the Huskies, having won their first two games against John Marshall and New Prague by 61-0 and 41-7.
#11 Taylor Bogen - 7-19 69 yards 1 Int.
#4 Dylan Maas - 22 att. 52 yards 1 TD; #11 Taylor Bogen - 17 att. 85 yards
#3 Ayden Walter - 3 rec. 32 yards; #18 Collin Vick - 2 rec. 19 yards; #5 Nick Williams - 2 rec. 18 yards
#16 Cael Dowling - 4.5 tackles, 4 solo, 1 assist, 0.5 sack; #8 Luke Wottreng - 1 tackle, 1 solo, 1 int., 1 sack; #33 Drew Kretlow - 2.5 tackles, 2 solo, 1 assist, 2 sacks; #54 Ethan Anderson - 0.5 tackle, 1 assist, 0.5 sack; #26 Caleb Vereide - 5 tackles, 4 solo, 2 assist;
#66 Torrin Smith - 3.5 tackles, 2 solo, 3 assist; #1 Lane Wagner - 2 tackles, 2 solo; #63 Trever Schirmer = 1.5 tackles, 1 solo, 1 assist