WHITTEMORE – At this point, not even a steady rain shower can slow down the Oscoda football team. The Owls, playing at Whittemore-Prescott in their final North Star League contest of the year, scored two touchdowns in each half to pull off a 28-8 victory. This give Oscoda its second straight undefeated league championship.
“This was a very good team win against W-P in terrible weather conditions,” head coach Mark Whitley said. “Obviously the rain caused both teams to run a little tentative and concentrate on holding on to the ball which I thought we did a pretty good job of.”
Oscoda had the ball deep in W-P’s end on two occasions in the first quarter, but were unable to cash in on either. With the quarter change so did the Owls’ fortunes, as they scored on the first play of the second quarter. Owen Franklin, playing quarterback, took the snap through the line and into the endzone to cap off an 11-play 86 yard drive. Robert Host ran in the two -point conversion to make it 8-0 with 11:48 to go in the half.
It took just two plays on Oscoda’s next drive to find the end-zone. Host took a hand-off and found room on the edge of the field, allowing him to sprint to the end-zone for a 43-yard score. The two-point attempt was stopped however, leaving it 14-0 at the half.
Oscoda made it at here score game early in the fourth quarter as Caleb Nagel rumbled his way for a five-yard score, with Brayden Mallak running in the two-pointer to make it 22-0 with just under nine minutes to play.
W-P did manage to get its lone points of the night by returning the ensuing kickoff 8-yards for a touchdown, but the Owls put thoughts of a comeback to bed by scoring quickly on its next drive. Oscoda needed just four plays to go 45-yards before picking up a 12-yard scoring run by Nagel to make it the eventual final 28-8.
“I thought all of our running backs did a good job in this slop and the team rushed for 372 yards,” Whitley said. “We had four backs that averaged seven yards every time they touched it.”
Leading the way on the ground was Andy Dault with 199 yards, Franklin finished with 105 yards and a touchdown, Host ran six times for 58 yards and a touchdown and Nagel ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
“Nagel had a terrific night, he was battling flu-like symptoms before the start of the game and still rushed well and when he didn’t have the ball, he had a very good night blocks,” Whitley said. “I told our Center Kaleb Foster he was our MVP with his ability to get the ball back to our quarterback all night long while maintaining blocks. Actually I thought Vinny Calles, Gavin Lueck, Adam Hein and Kaden Schirmer were great all night on the offensive line. Defensively, what can I say? We held them to 106 yards of total offense for 2.7 yards a play. That’s how you win titles.”
Christian ward led the defense with five tackles, Hein took down 4.5 with Calles and Host taking down four apiece. Lueck added 3.5 tackles, one for a loss.
“The team is excited to win the NSL title back-to-back, and being 7-0 at this point in the season,” Whitley said.
Oscoda (7-0 overall, 3-0 NSL) hosts 12th ranked Breckenridge (6-1) on Friday. The Huskies are coming off a 32-0 win over Carson City-Crystal last week. The two teams last met in the 2017 playoffs, in what was a 33-7 Breckenridge win.