PAOLA — Despite getting roughed up on the road, there is positivity surrounding Cyclone football.
Ottawa High School lost 59-13 Friday at Paola. Now winless through three games, OHS hopes to turn things around 7 p.m. Friday when it hosts Chanute.
“It will be good to be at home,” Rob Hedrick, OHS head football coach, said. “We’ve got an out of league team coming that we feel we should have beat last year. I think when we look at the film, we will see some things that we like offensively.”
Paola opened up a 24-0 lead in the first quarter thanks in part to a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Seth Richards to Ethan Phillips.
The Panthers tacked on three more touchdowns on runs by Richards, Phillips and Garrett Williams before the Cyclones responded. As time expired in the half, senior quarterback Jackson Allan found fellow senior Chad Bones for a 23-yard leaping touchdown catch in the endzone. The score made it 45-7.
Ottawa’s other touchdown came with 10 minutes left. Elias White, junior running back, punched the ball into the endzone for a five-yard score.
“Elias White was an absolute beast,” Hedrick said. “He was like Jerome Bettis. That was fun to watch. We really wanted to get him a touchdown because he earned it.”
White’s hard running was a bright spot in a lopsided game, and something Ottawa hopes to build on, Hedrick noted.
“We were the first team to score on Paola this year and we did it during the first half,” he said. “We are going to have a little momentum and we are going to run with it. I hope we can come out healthy. We have some kids banged up and hopefully it is not bad and they are ready to go next week.”