Ottawa hung tight against Kansas Wesleyan early, but the Coyotes proved too much in Saturday’s 50-24 contest. The loss brought an end to a 3-8 (3-6 KCAC) season for the Braves football squad, their second straight losing season.
Ottawa University moved methodically on its first two offensive drives. The opening possession spanned 63 yards over 14 plays, ending with a 21-yard field goal by Kyle Wokutch, sophomore kicker.
The Coyotes answered in three plays when Kelly Cordova connected with Trenton Poe-Evans for a 47-yard touchdown pass.
The Brave offense mounted another long drive, this time going 75 yards on 11 plays, and ending in the endzone. Connor Byers, sophomore quarterback, hit Mauricio Uribe, senior wide receiver, on a 12-yard score to give Ottawa a 10-7 lead with 3:36 left in the first quarter.
That was the only time OU led in the game. The next three offensive possessions for the Braves ended with two three-and-outs and an interception. Kansas Wesleyan outscored Ottawa 27-0 in the second quarter to take a commanding lead.
Ottawa scored twice more in the game. James Reeder, freshman running back, capped off a stellar first collegiate season with a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. James Valentine, senior quarterback, tossed a 20-yard touchdown to Blake Homman, junior offensive lineman, in the fourth quarter much to the delight of the Ottawa sideline.
Valentine ended his final game as a Brave going 8-13 through the air for 60 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Reeder led the Braves on the ground with 98 yards on 20 carries and a score. De’Shawn Jones, junior running back, added 67 yards on nine carries. Uribe led OU in receiving with four catches for 36 yards and a score.