Coming off a section runner up season the Ogilvie Lions have high hopes for another fine season. The Lions kicked off last Thursday night, Aug. 29, hosting Cook County. The Lions dominated in all aspects of the game winning decisively 36-8.
The Lions defense let Cook County know that yards would be hard to come by immediately. Cook County went three and out on its first two drives of the game struggling to pick up any yards.
Ogilvie took the lead on its first possession. The combination of Brian Nelson and Dylan Nelson churned out yards on the ground. Brian Nelson finished off the drive with a three yard touchdown. The two point conversion failed and the Lions led 6-0. For the game Brian Nelson had 92 yards on 17 carries while Dylan Nelson had 43 yards on 10 carries.
After Cook County’s second three and out the Lions special teams came through. Beau Burk received the punt and after being hit appeared to be going down. Burk was able to keep his balance and take it the distance for a 61 yard punt return. Burk also converted the two point conversion and the Lions led 14-0.
The Vikings showed some life on the next drive and had thoughts of making it a game. A 65 yard touchdown pass was followed by a two point conversion and suddenly it was 14-8. Cook County would end the game with just 106 yards of total offense as the Lions stout defense would not give up another score.
The Lions offense would continue to pad the lead. The Lions answered immediately using the passing game on the drive. On a third and 17 quarterback Brady Harlan connected with Burk for a big 30 yard gain to keep the drive alive. Dylan Nelson would punctuate the drive with a two yard touchdown run. The two point conversion failed and Ogilvie led 20-8. Harlan would end the night completing five of eight passes for 61 yards. Burk caught four of those passes for all of the 61 yards.
Ogilvie extended its lead before halftime. Harlan would finish off the drive with a two yard keeper. Brian Nelson converted the two point conversion and the Lions took a 28-8 lead in the half.
The Lions continued their dominance in the second half as Cook County struggled to gain any yards on offense. Meanwhile Burk continued his huge night. He scored on a 53 yard run in the third quarter. He also took a pass from Harlan for the two point conversion to make the score 36-8.
Head coach Dave Halvorson was pleased with the first game, “We were especially happy how the team responded after the long touchdown by Cook County. The team came right back and had no let down for the rest of the game. It was a great team effort with some outstanding individual plays. For the first game we had a few mistakes but none were very costly.”
Ogilvie will hit the road this Friday, Sept. 16. The Lions have a 7:00 p.m. game in Hill City against Hill City/Northland. The Storm are coming off a 44-40 loss to McGregor.