WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College football team suffered its third home loss of the season Saturday afternoon. The Moundbuilders fell to the Braves of Ottawa University, 48-3, inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
Ottawa used a 20-point first quarter to take control of the contest. Southwestern was held to just 56 rushing yards, while the Braves amassed 315 of their 444 offensive yards on the ground. The Moundbuilders were forced to punt six times as Ottawa scored in all four quarters en route to the 48-3 decision.
How it Happened…
-Ottawa struck first just over three minutes into the game. After recovering a fumble at the Moundbuilder 12 yards line, the Braves needed just two plays to break the ice. An 11-yard touchdown pass and the ensuing point-after attempt gave Ottawa a 7-0 lead with 11:49 still to play in the opening half. The Braves struck again on a very similar play late in the opening quarter. An eight-yard pass capped an eight-play, 38-yard drive, and gave the Braves a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play.
-Ottawa scored its third touchdown of the contest just over three minutes into the second quarter. The Braves capped an eight-play, 71-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. The point-after attempt was wide right, but Ottawa held a 20-0 lead with 11:57 remaining until halftime.
-Mario Esparza took advantage of a stiff southerly wind to put Southwestern on the board in the second quarter. The junior drilled a 41-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare, and cut the Ottawa lead to 20-3, where it remained through the halftime break.
-The Braves scored their only touchdown of the third quarter in the final three minutes of the period, this time on a 24-yard pass that capped a 17-play, 97-yard drive, and gave Ottawa a 27-3 advantage after three quarters.
-Ottawa blew the game open in the fourth quarter. A pair of interception returns and a 47-yard run helped the Braves cruise to the 48-3 win.
Inside the Box Score…
-Junior Ka'Darius Baker was Southwestern's offensive leader. The Houston Baptist transfer completed 16 of his 32 passing attempts for 163 yards and a pair of interceptions. Sophomore Christian Gordon went 3-for-7 for 23 yards.
-Junior Jacob Sigmon was the Moundbuilders' passing leader, and caught six passes for 59 yards. Freshman Terrence Franklin added five receptions for 40yards, while sophomore Donny Ebanks caught three passes for 42 yards.
-Gordon finished the game as Southwestern's rushing leader. The Yukon, Okla., product carried the ball seven times for 34 yards. Freshman Ethan Yauney added 16 yards on five carries.
-Micheal Bell, Joey Scelza and Marquis Hodge were the defensive leaders for Southwestern with 14 tackles each. Bell and Scelza each recorded six solo tackles and eight assisted tackles, while Hodge finished with five solo and nine assisted tackles.
-As a team, Southwestern finished with 242 offensive yards on 69 plays. Moundbuilder quarterbacks were a combined 19-for-39 for 186 yards with two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, while Southwestern's backs finished with 56 yards on 30 carries.
Next Up for the Moundbuilders…
Southwestern will play its final road game on Saturday, traveling to Leavenworth, Kan., to face the Spires of the University of Saint Mary. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the brand new Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium.