The Ogilvie Lions football team entered the 2019 section playoffs as the number two seed with a 7-1 record. Ogilvie dismantled number seven seed Onamia in their opening round game 42-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 22, but fell to number three seed Nicollet 34-8 Saturday, Oct. 26. Seven great seniors played their last football game in an Ogilvie uniform: Brian Nelson, Darius Vanable, Jackson Pettit, Fabian Rodriguez, Hunter Anderson, Justyn Cheney and Dallas Ponto.
On Tuesday the Lions opened section play against Onamia. After a slow start in a scoreless first quarter the Lions kicked it into gear in the second quarter.
After forcing an Onamia punt the Lions started to get their offense going. Dylan Nelson capped off a nice drive with a three yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. A key fourth down was converted on the drive thanks to an Onamia penalty.
Ogilvie allowed only 163 yards of offense on the night and Beau Burk was a part of that. On Onamia’s next possession Burk picked off a pass. The offense complemented the defense by turning it into a touchdown. Brian Nelson scored from 45 yards out to make it 14-0. Ogilvie rushed for 347 yards on the night with Brian Nelson getting 157 while Dylan Nelson had 108.
A big highlight occurred on the next Lions’ offensive possession. Quarterback Brady Harlan hit Burk for a touchdown. On the play Harlan set a school record for single season passing yards, and it gave Ogilvie a 20-0 lead. Head coach Dave Halvorson said, “Brady has done a great job for us all season and deserved the recognition.”
The Lions were never threatened in the second half as they cruised to a 42-0 win. Coach Halvorson stated, “We did get off to a slow start, but really controlled the ball most of the game.”
The victory set up a home game Saturday, Oct. 26, against Nicollet. The Raiders entered the game with an identical 8-1 record as the Lions. Nicollet was able to jump on the Lions early with their spread offense and never relinquished the lead.
It appeared the Lions would have a great start to the game. A 57 yard touchdown pass was called back due to a penalty. On the next play Harlan just missed connecting with Burk for what would have been a touchdown. The drive eventually ended in a punt.
Nicollet came out in their spread offense and started slinging the ball around the yard. Ogilvie didn’t have an answer for it early on as the Raiders marched down the field to take an 8-0 lead on a touchdown pass.
Ogilvie had trouble establishing their typically potent running game. The Lions were stuffed on both third and one and fourth and one to turn the ball over on downs. The rushing game only produced 90 yards for the night.
In the second quarter the Raiders quarterback picked up his second touchdown, this time on the ground. The Lions defense had trouble containing him as he ended the game with two touchdowns rushing and two touchdowns passing.
Trailing 14-0, Ogilvie established a little momentum on offense for the first time and moved down the field. Facing a fourth and one a penalty moved them back and ultimately didn’t pick up the first down.
Entering the third quarter trailing by 14 the Lions needed a big play to spark them. The defense got it with a Jon Brasch interception. The offense turned it into their first points of the game as Dylan Nelson scored from five yards out and all of a sudden it was 14-8.
Head coach Dave Halvorson said, “We started the game slow but picked it up and were able to compete for most of the game. We made some adjustments at half and thought we were back in the game after we scored.”
The Ogilvie defense couldn’t keep the momentum going. Nicollet promptly answered with an impressive march down the field to re-establish control of the game 20-8.
It was at this point that the wheels fell off for the Lions. The next four offensive possessions resulted in uncharacteristic turnovers. Two fumbles, two interceptions and bad field position led to more Raider points and a final score of 34-8. Coach Halvorson said, “Too many mistakes made it so we were not able to keep drives going and turnovers made the game get out of reach.”
It was a very successful season for Ogilvie as they finished 8-2. On the season Coach Halvorson said, “The team had a great season and left us with many things to remember that will last a long time after we forget about our loss. We thank and will miss our seniors and have lots of younger players coming back to make the future look good for Ogilvie football.”