SPRING HILL — Spring Hill’s Zade Barker ran for four touchdowns and the Broncos roughed up Ottawa Friday, 49-0.
The loss brings Cyclone football to 0-2 on the season. The team has been outscored 84-7.
“We are one of the worst offenses I have ever seen,” Rob Hedrick, Ottawa High School head football coach, said. “I told them that and they know that. Anybody can tell our offense is really struggling and we have to figure it out. Hopefully we get Cameron Reynolds back next week, which would really help on the offensive line.”
The Cyclone defense held strong for the first quarter, keeping the score at 0-0. In that span, Spring Hill was turned away twice in the redzone, once off of a fumble by quarterback Corbyn Meyers, and once off of a botched field goal attempt.
Barker broke the stalemate with a touchdown run at the 11:15 mark in the second quarter.
He punched it in again from two yards out with 1:53 on the clock.
It took the Broncos just more than a minute to score again. Ottawa’s Gabriel Bueno, senior, dropped the ensuing kickoff and Spring Hill recovered on their own 35 yard-line. Four
plays later Barker ran it in from three yards out to give his team a 21-0 lead at the half.
Barker, Brennen Feeback, Jakob Stovall and Korion Duff all scored touchdowns for Spring Hill in the second half.
The Cyclones meanwhile, struggled through injuries. Mason Swanson, Gabe Setters, Elias White and Edwin Duarte-Miranda were among players forced to leave.
Ottawa is on the road again for a 7 p.m. showdown Friday at league rival Paola, which has started the season with two big victories. Paola toppled Fort Scott on Friday night.
“It is a big week, but honestly we have so many issues right now that we have to worry about ourselves and not who we are playing,” Hedrick said.