Inside eight minutes left in Friday’s ballgame, Ottawa drove the ball down to the Chanute one-yard-line. With a chance to turn a 21-6 deficit into a one-possession game, the Cyclone varsity football squad fumbled the ball into the endzone where it was recoverd by Chanute for a touchback.
The play was one of many missed opportunities in Ottawa High School’s 28-6 home loss to the Blue Comets.
Chanute’s Ty Bowman, junior, led off with a 62-yard scramble for a touchdown less than two minutes into the contest. Ottawa responded with a drive that went deep into Chanute territory, only to fumble on an option pitch from quarterback Jackson Allan, senior, to running back Elias White, junior.
Allan struck back with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Chad Bones, senior, at the 5:31 mark in the second quarter. A failed two-point attempt made it 7-6 Chanute.
The Blue Comets put together a long drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown pass from Bowman to Briley Peavy, junior, on third-and-goal with 14 seconds left in the half. That made it 14-6 at the break.
Twice Chanute recovered pooch kicks on Ottawa’s side of the field, including the second-half kickoff.
“We didn’t make a play,” Rob Hedrick, OHS head football coach, said. “We had some people there that probably should have made the play, and we just didn’t make it. It is another example of how we did not get the job done as a team. Those were two big plays, but we had plenty of other opportunities.”
A Tyler Davis four-yard touchdown run with 11:08 left in the fourth quarter made it 21-6 Chanute, setting up Ottawa’s late drive.
Following the fumble, Bowman hit Garrett Almond, sophomore, for a 30-yard catch and run to the endzone that iced the game.
The loss was frustrating, Hedrick said, but told his team to keep their heads up with half of the regular season yet to be played.
“That is the hardest part of losing, you still have to see the positives in it,” he said. “There’s nothing greater than having teammates and being a part of a team. That is what I hope these boys remember. This is still a great experience.”
Ottawa (0-4) plays 7 p.m. Friday at Bonner Springs.
“We played them this summer in our team camp down in Emporia, so we saw them and have a little film on them,” Hedrick said. “We know they have some good kids, so it will be another good test for us. Hopefully, we will rise to the occasion, rise to the challenge and get the win.”