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Ottawa Cruises Past Kansas Wesleyan

Mike Hammett - November 2, 2013 9:53 pm

Kansas Wesleyan’s hopes for a winning football season faded away Saturday, as No. 11 Ottawa used a strong final two-and-a-half quarters to pull away from the Coyotes, 55-27 in Ottawa.

The contest was tight early. Ottawa opened the scoring on quarterback Mike Behr’s 53-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked, as Ottawa led 6-0 with 7:33 to go in the first quarter.

Ottawa added to the lead early in the second quarter. Erik Brown returned a KWU punt over 90 yards for a score, but was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for doing a flip on his way across the goal line. The penalty erased the touchdown, and gave Ottawa the ball at the KWU 16. However, four plays later, Ottawa was on the board anyway thanks to Luke Lundy’s four yard run. The two-point conversion failed, as Ottawa led 12-0 with 14:19 to play in the half.

Wesleyan responded quickly with a three-play drive. Taylor Sachs’ 51-yard run set up a 24-yard touchdown pass from Trey Dallas to Joe Vela. The extra point was blocked, and the Coyotes trailed 12-6 with 13:46 to go in the half.

After the teams traded possessions, Ottawa took over the game. The Braves used a nine-play, 73-yard drive to regain control, scoring on Lundy’s seven yard run to go up 19-6. The Coyotes would punt, and Ottawa’s punt return set the Braves up at the Coyote 29 yard line. Five plays later, the Braves scored again on Behr’s 15 yard run, pushing the Ottawa lead to 26-6 at halftime.

In the second half, the Coyotes pulled back within 13 on Colby Donohue’s two yard touchdown run. However, Ottawa scored the next two touchdowns on a 54 yard run by Lundy and a 56 yard pass from Behr to Jon Hilliger off a double reverse flea flicker to push the Braves’ lead to 41-13 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Coyotes would add scores from Dallas on a one yard run, and Vela on a 60 yard pass. Ottawa tallied two more scores on another pass from Behr to Hilliger and a three yard run by Taylor Staats.

Ottawa racked up 619 yards of offense with 404 yards on the ground. Kansas Wesleyan had 485 yards of offense, with 301 yards through the air. Dallas was 20-for-41 passing for 287 yards. Sachs had 142 yards rushing on 29 carries. Vela had his best game as a Coyote, catching seven passes for 191 yards and two scores.

Kansas Wesleyan is 3-6 overall and 2-5 in the KCAC. The Coyotes host Saint Mary on Saturday at Salina Stadium.