Due to officiating shortages around the state, the Ogilvie Lions played their home game last Friday, Oct. 8, at 3:00 in order for that crew to also officiate another football game at 7:00. The time change did not affect the Lions as they throttled an undermanned Carlton-Wrenshall Raptor team 50-14 for their third straight win and improving their record to 4-2.
The Lions defense set the tone early. On Carlton-Wrenshall’s first drive, Jon Brasch intercepted a pass to put the Lions offense in good position. Ogilvie moved down the field with Caleb Felde getting chunks of yards on the ground. The drive culminated with an Andy Berg touchdown run from three yards out. Quarterback Colby Milbradt ran in the two-point conversion and the Lions led early 8-0. Felde ended the game with eight carries for 70 yards.
The Raptors once again turned the ball over on their second drive. Tucker Kenyon recovered a fumble to once again put the Lions offense in great position. Colby Milbradt ran for a 23-yard touchdown, and it was quickly a 14-0 lead for the Lions. Milbradt did tweak his ankle on the play and had to sit out the next possession.
Carlton-Wrenshall did not turn the ball over the rest of the half, but their offense went three and out on all of their remaining possessions of the half as a stout Lions defense wasn’t giving an inch.
With Hunter Kenyon in at quarterback for Milbradt, the Lions offense didn’t slow down. An effective mix of running the ball and short screen plays kept the Raptors defense off balance. Ogilvie’s third drive ended with a 19-yard touchdown run by Bryce Beier. Beier had seven carries for 53 yards for the game. With the two-point conversion Ogilvie led 22-0.
To the relief of the Ogilvie faithful, Milbradt came back into the game on the Lions next possession, and once again they immediately marched right down the field. Milbradt hit Bryce Nelson for a big 40-yard play on the drive. The drive ended with Milbradt hitting Andy Berg for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Tucker Kenyon ran in the two-point conversion for 30-0 Lions lead.
“There were some injuries but none that will keep anyone out this week, and the starters didn’t play a lot in the second half, so they had some rest,” said head coach Dave Halverson.
The combination of Milbradt to Berg was big throughout the game. Milbradt hit Berg again for a 3-yard touchdown pass to end the first half as the Lions had an insurmountable 36-0 heading to halftime.
The second half momentum continued for the Lions. Colby Milbradt once again hit Andy Berg. Their third touchdown connection went for 50 yards to make it 42-0. Milbradt was once again very efficient going six for six, 119 yards and three touchdowns. Andy Berg caught three passes for 60 yards and three touchdowns.
Tucker Kenyon finished the Lions scoring for the game on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 50-0 in the third quarter. The Raptors got a couple of late scores to make the final 50-14. On the victory head coach Dave Halvorson said, “We had a pretty good game on both sides of the ball but need to clean up some mistakes and penalties.”
The Lions will travel for their final two regular season games as they look to keep a hold on the top spot in their section. This Friday, Oct. 14, Ogilvie will play at Silver Bay in a 7:00 p.m.showdown. “Silver Bay has won most of their games and it will be a long road trip up there so we will have to compete hard to be successful,” said Halvorson on their upcoming game.
Silver Bay is coming off a 27-13 victory over Cromwell-Wright last Friday night.
Section 5 nine-man standings
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