Owatonna Piles up Points, Yards Against Austin
Owatonna scored touchdowns the first three times they possessed the fall Friday night, building a big lead they held all night in their home-opening 63-27 win over Austin. It was the third straight game that the Huskies eclipsed 60 points against the Packers.
OHS amassed 500 yards of offense, more than half of that from Jason Williamson's 337 yards on 26 carries with five touchdowns. His yardage total was just a few shy of his own school record of 343, achieved against Rochester Century last season. He scored on runs of 54, 37, 52, 1 and 49.
The Huskies' offensive line opened up the initial holes and Williamson made a variety of moves, twists and cuts to make tacklers miss and plowed through and over several others. The front five for the Huskies primarily consists of Ethan Rohman, Joe Edel, Isaiah Noeldner, Zach Wiese and Carter DeBus.
It was a special night for the front line as their position coach, Marc Wiese, was inducted into the Owatonna Athletic Hall of Fame class. The others are George Soukup, Andrea Jurgens, Sean Murphy and Beth Christensen.
With Owatonna up 21-0 midway through the first quarter, Austin struck for a long touchdown pass to make the score 21-7. OHS sandwiched a pair of second quarter touchdown drives around an Austin score for a 35-14 halftime lead.
The Packers took back the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. The Huskies responded with four touchdowns by the end of the quarter for a 63-20 lead. Quarterback Brayden Truelson had two touchdown runs in the game and a scoring pass to Ethan Walter. Zander Johnson also found the end zone.
Austin scored late in the fourth quarter off an Owatonna fumble into their own end zone for the 63-27 final.
OHS had plenty of shining defensive performances. Isaac Gefre blocked a kick for the second straight game. Isaac Oppegard made his fourth interception of the season. Chris Lewis, Joseph Stransky, Mason Oland and Ben Zappa made multiple tackles in the offensive backfield. Lewis had the added inspiration of playing in front of his grandmother for the first time. Jean Stefano is in hospice care and made a wish to attend a football game and see him play.
Owatonna (3-0) hosts Rochester John Marshall (0-3) Friday, September 21 in their homecoming game. Download the KRFO app and listen to all the Huskies football games live.
Around the region, Medford (3-0) won the "Battle for the Paddle" with Bethlehem Academy 38-20, Blooming Prairie (3-0) pulled away from Wabasha-Kellog 52-6, NRHEG (2-1) whipped Norwood-Young America 33-8 and Chatfield blanked Triton (0-3) 14-0 in a game that was scoreless at halftime.