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Ottawa rushes past Eudora

By The Herald Staff | 10/25/2013

EUDORA — Ottawa High School played winning football Friday at Eudora. The offense sustained drives and the defense shut down the Cardinals in a 27-7 victory.

It gave Ottawa its fourth win, the most in any season since 2004. The win evens Ottawa’s district mark at 1-1 and gives them a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

EUDORA — Ottawa High School played winning football Friday at Eudora. The offense sustained drives and the defense shut down the Cardinals in a 27-7 victory.

It gave Ottawa its fourth win, the most in any season since 2004. The win evens Ottawa’s district mark at 1-1 and gives them a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

A victory over Santa Fe Trail coupled with a Eudora loss to Baldwin in the finale, puts Ottawa into the playoffs.

The key to the victory was the ground attack. Ottawa rushed for nearly 300 yards, the most in a long time.

Senior halfback Alex Lynch rushed for more than 200 yards and scored three touchdowns.

The Ottawa defense kept Eudora in check and stopped the Cardinals on two fourth downs in the second half. Ottawa forced three turnovers.

The Cyclones got things rolling on their first drive, taking the ball 73 yards. Lynch scored from the 18.

Eudora came back to tie it on a two-play 78-yard drive. Ottawa answered right back.

The Cyclones went 74 yards, mostly on the ground, with Lynch scoring from the 8. Ottawa led 13-7 at halftime.

After recovering a fumble on Eudora’s first series in the second half, Ottawa marched 36 yards for a touchdown.

Kord Ferguson bulled in from the 1 to give Ottawa a 20-7 lead with nearly nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Ottawa’s next drive resulted in a 67-yard scoring drive. Lynch capped it off with a 3-yard run with 8:15 left in the game. Ottawa was up 27-7.

Ottawa intercepted a pass and ran out the final 6:34 on the clock.

Ottawa (4-4, 1-1) plays 7 p.m. Thursday at Santa Fe Trail (1-7, 0-2).

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