Friday, Oct. 9 was a big night for high school football teams across the state as “Friday night lights” returned after a hiatus. Ogilvie was one of the schools that enjoyed the opportunity to host a game. The Lions kicked off their 2020 campaign with a 28-14 victory over McGregor.
Prior to the game, head coach Dave Halvorson said, “We are excited to have a game and have had good practices leading up to it. There are lots of things to work around in practice and during the game. With no scrimmages it has been hard to evaluate players before the first game, but we will try to put on a good performance for people to see.”
Because of COVID-19 restrictions there was a smaller than usual crowd to witness the season opening performance.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively. Ogilvie’s defense set the tone by forcing McGregor to punt on its first drive. The Lion’s offense promptly fumbled on its second play giving the Mercuries great field position. The defense rose to the occasion getting a big fourth down stop halting a McGregor threat.
Ogilvie took over and mounted some momentum on offense. Running back Ethan Warren picked up a big third down deep in their own territory. Freshman quarterback Colby Milbradt hit Andy Berg for another key third down conversion. Running back Dylan Nelson bulldozed for a couple of more first downs setting up the opening touchdown. Ethan Warren scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, and it was 6-0 Lions.
The Lion’s defense continued to stifle the Mercuries. On McGregor’s next drive Dylan Nelson recovered a fumble setting up the Lions with good field position. Ogilvie couldn’t take advantage and punted. After forcing a three and out Ogilvie got it back in good field position again. This time the Lions took advantage as Beau Burk scored on a 40- yard touchdown scamper. Dylan Nelson scored on the two-point conversion making in 14-0 for the Lions.
Another great defensive stop on fourth down gave Ogilvie the ball in great field position. Colby Milbradt hit Beau Burk for an 18-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing possession. The two-point conversion failed, and Ogilvie took a 20-0 lead into halftime.
Both teams struggled on offense in the third quarter. Ogilvie suffered three consecutive 3 and outs and then fumbled on their fourth possession of the quarter. The Lion’s defense stuffed McGregor twice on fourth downs and also forced a fumble during the quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter Ogilvie put the game out of reach. Beau Burk took a direct snap from center and went 54 yards for a touchdown. Milbradt then hit Burk for the two-point conversion making it 28-0 for the Lions.
Burk had an explosive game as he scored on two touchdown runs and had a receiving touchdown. He ran for 100 yards and also caught three balls for 34 yards. Dylan Nelson chipped in 34 yards on the ground and Ethan Warren had 32 yards rushing. Quarterback Colby Milbradt completed five of nine passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
The Mercuries scored a couple of late touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Lions brought home a season opening 28-14 win.
Ogilvie’s second game will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Onamia. Onamia is 1-0 as they won their opener over Isle 38-16.