Entering Friday, Sept. 27, night’s game against Isle, Ogilvie had enjoyed a tremendous first half of the season. The Lions entered undefeated, ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 2 in Minnesota Scores QRF. The Lions had outscored their opponents to the tune of an average score of 42-7. They continued their dominance with a convincing 48-12 win over Isle.
The Lions exerted their will early. After forcing a three and out on Isle’s first possession, Ogilvie took over and put together a scoring drive without having to throw a pass. The combination of Brian Nelson and Dylan Nelson marched the Lions down the field with Dylan Nelson ending the drive on a nine yard touchdown run. After Brian Nelson ran in the 2-point conversion, Ogilvie led 8-0.
Isle’s second drive looked a bit more promising for the Huskies. After a couple of first downs the Lions defense, as they’ve done all season, came up with a big play forcing a fumble recovered by Dylan Nelson.
The offense took over and did what good teams do after forcing a turnover, they turned it into points. Once again, the Lions did throw a pass on their way to the end zone. This time Brian Nelson finished the drive with a six yard touchdown run. He also finished it off with the 2-point conversion and it was 16-0 Lions.
After forcing another three and out, the Lions offense showed their versatility. On the first play of their next drive the Lions threw their first pass of the game as Brady Harlan hit Beau Burk with a short pass. Burk did the rest on a 75 yard touchdown to make it 22-0.
The first quarter was still not over and the Lions still weren’t done. After another three and out Ogilvie marched down the field again. Harlan hit Darius Vanable for a 30 yard touchdown. Brian Nelson converted the 2-point conversion and Ogilvie had racked up 30 points in the first quarter.
On his team’s first quarter, head coach Dave Halvorson said, “Isle won the toss and elected to receive and that was a challenge for our defense to stop them. We really controlled the line of scrimmage and drove right down to score on our first drives of the game.”
In the second quarter Isle put together their second decent drive of the game. But, just like the first drive, the Lion’s defense stiffened and stopped them on a fourth down.
The Lions took over deep in their territory and went back to the ground game exclusively. Ogilvie marched it down the field on the ground ending with Dylan Nelson’s second touchdown of the game, and Ogilvie took a 36-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Darius Vanable scored for the second time on the night as he took the opening second half kickoff back 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 42-0. The Lion’s special teams have done a great job this season scoring numerous touchdowns in different ways.
Ogilvie ended its scoring a bit later in the third quarter as Harlan once again connected with Burk. A 35 yard connection made the score 48-0.
Many of the younger players got to see extensive minutes as they have in other games. Even though the Huskies scored a couple of late touchdowns the experience the younger players are gaining in varsity games is invaluable. Coach Halvorson stated, “I think we only had one penalty in the game and played very competitive football. We were able to get more experience for our younger players that will help us in the future.”
Ogilvie racked up 405 yards of offense on the night. Harlan was extremely efficient in the passing game. He completed all four of his attempts for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Beau Burk was the recipient of three of those completions for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
The running game was a balance between the Nelson boys. Brian Nelson eclipsed the century mark with 13 carries for 107 yards. Dylan Nelson wasn’t far behind with 12 carries for 93 yards.
The Lion’s defense forced two turnovers with Dylan Nelson recovering a fumble and Beau Burk picking up an interception.
It was a total team effort in all phases of the game. This has been a theme for Ogilvie through its first five games.
Ogilvie will hit the road this week as they travel to Cromwell to take on the Cardinals Friday Oct. 4, at 7:00 p.m. On their upcoming opponent Coach Halvorson said, “Cromwell seems to be getting stronger as the season goes on and is very well coached so we will again need a good week of preparation for them.” Cromwell enters the game with a record of 2-3 and is coming off of a 15-12 victory over Onamia.