Oskaloosa Bears upend McLouth, 32-6

Oskaloosa Bears

Oskaloosa Bears Mitch Boucher breaks through a wall of defense put up by McLouth.

Story and photos by Dennis Sharkey

The Oskaloosa Bears used a fierce running attack and some timely defensive plays to upend rival McLouth on Friday night 32-6.

After a three-and-out opening series for the Bulldogs, the Bears marched down the field for a touchdown.

Mark Newell ran four-yards for the game’s first score and Levi Wade added a two-point conversioin run to make the score 8-0. The biggest play on the drive was a 16-yard run by Jake Buscher. The Bulldogs were also called for a facemask, setting up the Bears for a first and goal.

The Bulldogs managed to pick up a first down on their next possession but punted the ball away on downs.

On the Bears next possession quarterback Adam Bowser kept the ball on third down and appeared to be stopped short of the first down near midfield. Bowser then spun out of the pile for a five-yard gain that kept the drive alive. The Bears also converted a fourth down play deep in the Bulldogs territory. A few plays later Buscher scored on a 14-yard pass from Bowser. The two-point try failed.

The Bears added another touchdown before the half on a Bowser one-yard run. The two-point try failed again. The Bears took a 20-0 lead into halftime.

During the third quarter both defenses made adjustments that led to a scoreless quarter.

Oskaloosa Head Coach Scott Whaley said McLouth made some good adjustments at the half.

“We had a pretty good defense up against us tonight and I think they did a pretty good job of slowing us down,” Whaley said. “You got to give them credit for that.”

Most of the players after the game expressed that they were disappointed in the team’s play. McLouth was able to keep a couple of drives alive throughout the game on some personal foul calls.

Whaley said there are also some things on defense that need to be corrected before next week’s game with Pleasant Ridge.

“We’re going to have to do a whole let better to beat the team we play next week,” Whaley said. “They’re always tough and Coach Powers always does a good job.”

After the game Whaley gave a lot of credit to McLouth Head Coach Chist Stewart and his team.

“McLouth’s a better football team than they were last year. They played hard and made some things difficult on us,” he said. “I bet they win more than one game this year.”

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