Indianola, which at this point had captured all the game’s momentum, marched down the field for another touchdown. The drive was punctuated by a 3-yard quarterback keeper by Trey Bunting with 22 seconds left in the quarter. Drew Jensen booted in the extra point to grow the Indians’ lead to 21-0.
The Bulldogs started to show signs of life at the start of the second quarter. Ottumwa’s drive was led by Cox, who ran for several first downs. In what has become his modus operandi, the sophomore running back made sure to fight and claw for every yard. Unfortunately, the drive ended inauspiciously for Ottumwa, as quarterback Shane Frazier was picked off by the Indians’ Trey Kuehl in the end zone. Ottumwa substantially tightened up its defense after the Indians first two scoring drives. The Bulldogs managed to stop Indianola on its next two offensive series.
“We just stopped the big plays from happening,” Altfillisch said. “We played those [first two] drives well, but we just gave up a few huge plays that killed us.”
Aside from the Cox-led drive that ended in an interception, Ottumwa couldn’t generate much offense despite being handed generous field position by the Bulldogs’ defense on a couple of occasions. The third quarter moseyed along quietly without any ripples of excitement from the Bulldog offense. The Indians grew their lead to 27-0 thanks to two field goals by Drew Jensen. Jensen booted one of the field goals from 42 yards.
Ottumwa put the ball in the air a lot in the fourth quarter, but the strategy didn’t produce much offense for the Bulldogs. Frazier, however, was able to connect with wide receiver Sam Kramer, who made a nice grab on a long reception. Despite the large deficit, linebacker Cole Eklund had a strong second half, making a number of tackles from the linebacker position.