Cake walk as Huskies claim section title
It proved to be a cake walk for the Owatonna Huskies (10-0) in the Section championship game Friday night against Rochester Century. The Huskies captured their fourth straight section title by blowing out Century 43-6.
The game was pretty much over shortly after it began. The Huskies scored twice in the first two minutes of the game as star tailback Tanner Hall had a pair of touchdown runs of 27 and 26 yards. The second TD came when the Huskies had the first of four interceptions.
The Huskies continued to pile it on as they blew it wide open by jumping out to a 22-0 lead with more than five minutes still remaining in the first quarter. Quarterback Brayden Truelson connected with Payton Beyer on a 26-yard pass for a touchdown. Solomon Havelka added a 2-point conversion.
In the second quarter, Zach Stransky came up with Owatonna’s fourth touchdown with a 4-yard run. Sam Henson added an extra point kick.
Century’s first real scoring threat came with about 3:30 left in the second quarter. The Panthers had the ball on the 3-yard line, but Owatonna’s tough defense held them at bay and Century came up empty-handed.
The only taste of scoring for Century finally came late in the second quarter when they scored a touchdown with :26 remaining. The Huskies took a 29-6 lead at half time.
Owatonna added a couple insurance touchdowns in the third quarter on a 17-yard pass from Truelson to Matt Williams and a 1-yard run by Isaac Gefre. Henson kicked extra points after both touchdowns.
Truelson put together another great passing attack by completing 7 of 14 attempts for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Hall led Owatonna’s rushing with 104 yards in 19 attempts.
The defending state champions will now face St. Thomas Academy in the state quarterfinals Saturday at 12 p.m. in Woodbury. The Cadets have a 11-1 record. St. Thomas trounced Apple Valley 28-7 to qualify for state.
Huskies 43, Century 6
Owatonna 22 7 14 0— 43
Century 0 6 0 0— 6
PASSING Com.-Att. Yds. TD Int.
Sol Havelka 1-3 9 0 0
Brayden Truelson 7-14 129 2 0
RUSHING No. Yds. Avg. TD
Tanner Hall 19 104 5.5 0
Jerez Autridge 8 33 4.1 0
Isaac Gefre 3 21 7.0 0
Brayden Truelson 2 13 6.5 0
Zach Stransky 4 13 3.3 0
RECEIVING No. Yds. Avg. TD
Matt Williams 2 26 13 0
Isaac Oppegard 2 49 24.5 0
Payton Beyer 2 57 28.5 0