Records-Setting Season Continues for Owatonna Football
Offense rules at this year's Minnesota state high school football tournament. Owatonna and Elk River, who will meet in Saturday's Class 5A Prep Bowl final, are good examples. The Huskies have outscored their two opponents by a combined 115-62. The Elks have pummeled their opponents 117-100 through a pair of state tournament games. Elk River won the state title last year while surrendering just 12 points per game. The Elks rushed for a mind-numbing 700 yards in their semifinal victory over Apple Valley without completing a pass, actually without attempting a pass.
The Huskies (11-1) vs Elks (11-1) will be carried on Kat Kountry 105FM, katkountry105.com and RadioPup. Pregame should begin around 3:30PM Saturday, November 25.
Owatonna set several school records during their 56-28 semifinal win over Brainerd, breaking some marks that were set during Prep Bowl-runs in 2012 and 2013. Junior running back Jason Williamson surpassed Aaron Peterson's single-season rushing record and now stands at 2,101. Peterson had 2,047 in 2013. Senior Noah Budach has 994 receiving yards this season, eclipsing Luke Ebeling's 970 in 2012. Budach is close to catching Drew Lundberg in career receptions and career yards receiving.
Senior Abe Havelka's 451 yard passing game vs the Warriors set the single-game record at OHS, topping the 354 yards Colton Schock threw for against Rochester Century during the 2012 season. Havelka's seven TD tosses broke Ian Langeberg's six in a game against Century in 2013. Havelka now holds most of the single season and career passing marks at Owatonna.
The Huskies have set team records for passing offense and total offense and will set a record for average points per game, even if they get shutout against Elk River, which seems unlikely. Elk River has given up at least two touchdowns each game and three teams have scored more than 50 against them. OHS is averaging 49 points per game and has been held below 37 points just once.