After having an unexpected week off, the Lions were itching to get back on the field last Friday night, Oct. 30. The Lions showed they were ready when they dominated in a 38-14 victory over Cromwell-Wright. Ogilvie remains undefeated at 3-0 with the win.
The Lions got off to a bit of a slow start. Cromwell-Wright owned the field position battle throughout the first quarter. A stout Lions defense kept the Cardinals out of the end zone to keep the game scoreless late in the first quarter. On his defense, head coach Dave Halvorson said, “the defense really stepped up to stop Cromwell when they were deep in our territory.”
On their second possession, which started on their own 20-yard line, the Lions got a huge play which gave them the lead, and momentum for the rest of the half. On the last play of the first quarter, on a third and one, quarterback Brady Harlan hit Bryce Nelson on a screen play. Nelson did the rest taking it 45 yards for a touchdown. Harlan then hit Beau Burk on the two-point conversion, and the Lions led 8-0.
After getting another quick stop on defense the Lions offense kept the momentum going. Ethan Warren scored from 8 yards out. He also ran in the two-point conversion and suddenly Ogilvie led 16-0.
After Cromwell-Wright cut the lead in half, the Lions embarked on a late half 80-yard drive. With 53 seconds left in the half, Dylan Nelson scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. Brady Harlan ran in the two-point conversion to give the Lions a 24-8 lead. Harlan had a huge run on the drive to put the Lions in scoring position.
The Lions made it clear on their first possession of the second half that the Cardinals were not going to make a comeback. The Lions ate up nearly seven minutes of the clock on their opening possession of the half. On the drive Ogilvie had a first and 20 after a penalty. They also had to convert a third and 10 on the drive. Brady Harlan did a lot of damage on the ground during the drive. He culminated the impressive drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Dylan Nelson converted the two points and Ogilvie had an insurmountable 32-8 lead.
The teams exchanged fourth quarter scores. Brady Harlan used his arm for the final score. He hit Wyatt Heins for a 30-yard touchdown pitch and catch to make the final score 38-14.
Coach Halvorson was pleased with the offense, “Offensively it was a different game for us with the short passing game and running game really taking the game over.”
• Brady Harlan 11 carries 109 yards, one TD
• Ethan Warren 10 carries 61 yards, one TD
• Dylan Nelson 10 carries 58 yards, one TD
• Beau Burk five carries 30 yards
• Brady Harlan four for 10, 86 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions
• Beau Burk one for two, 12 yards
• Bryce Nelson two receptions, 57 yards, one TD
• Wyatt Heins one reception, 30 yards, one TD
Ogilvie will look to keep their record unblemished as they will host Carlton-Wrenshall at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. The Raptors enter the game with a 2-1 record. On their upcoming opponent, Coach Halvorson said, “Carlton/Wrenshall is very big in their interior line so we will have to keep them out of our backfield. We also need to clean up the penalties we committed against Cromwell-Wright.”
The Raptors game last Friday was postponed. Two weeks ago, they defeated McGregor 26-6.
SECTION 2; 9-MAN STANDINGS
Renville County West 4-0
Cedar Mountain 2-1
Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 2-2
Red Rock Central 1-1
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 1-2