Half of the season is in the books and Ottawa University sits one game out of first place.

Followings its bounce-back win over the weekend, the OU football team is set to make the nearly three-hour trek to Sterling College for a 1:30 p.m. showdown Saturday on the Warriors’ homecoming game. Ottawa is 1-4 in its last five games against Sterling, including three straight losses.

The Warriors (3-2, 3-2 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) have the KCAC’s best yards-per-attempt on the ground (5.9), aided by Eric Butler, junior quarterback, who is fourth in the conference in total offense per game (864 passing yards, and 467 rushing yards). Sterling’s offense has eclipsed the 40-point mark in each of its three wins, including Saturday’s 44-12 drubbing of the University of Saint Mary.


The Braves (4-1), meanwhile, have found their own success offensively. OU built a 21-7 lead at halftime and kept the foot on the pedal for a 34-14 win over visiting Tabor College Saturday at Braves Field in Ottawa. The win was the first against the Blue Jays since 2014, and keeps Ottawa tied with Avila (4-1) for second in the KCAC standings behind undefeated Kansas Wesleyan.

OU scored on two of its first three offensive possessions, both ending with touchdown passes by Spenser Lewis, junior quarterback. Lewis, making his second start for the injured Connor Kaegi, finished 14-27 passing for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He added six rushes for 44 yards and a score.

Darrion Dillard, senior wide receiver, continued to dominate, reeling in nine catches for 189 yards and two scores. He is tied with Kansas Wesleyan’s Trenton Poe-Evans for the most touchdown catches in the KCAC (10), and second behind Avila’s Theo Berry for the most receiving yards in the conference (682).

The Ottawa defense forced two turnovers and allowed just 317 yards of total offense to the Blue Jays. OU also kept Tabor to just 1-3 in the redzone. The charge was led by Kendall Miller, junior defensive back, who had 15 total tackles, two for a loss.