The Ottumwa football team suffered a crushing 55-0 defeat at the hands of an impressive Waukee team in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Wednesday.
The Warriors (8-2) controlled the game from the first snap to the final whistle. Bulldog coach Zach Pfantz said he hasn’t seen his defense get physically dominated like that all season.
Waukee’s A.J. Allen set the tone for the game when he sped around the right corner and dashed 44 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the Warriors’ first possession. It turned out to be an omen of things to come.
Ottumwa‘s offense got off to a promising start on its second drive of the game. Senior quarterback Alex Goodvin connected with tight end Chris Peden for a 24-yard gain that left Ottumwa (4-6) on the Warriors’ 47-yard line. Unfortunately, the drive fizzled out after the reception. The Bulldogs ended up trying and failing to get a first down on fourth and six, giving Waukee’s offense a short field to work with. A couple plays later, quarterback Patrick Gray — Waukee’s usual starting quarterback Riley Gray was sidelined with an injury — scampered 17-yards for a touchdown and Waukee led 14-0 after Isaac Bruns booted in the extra point.
Things only got worse for Ottumwa on the Bulldogs’ next offensive drive. Goodvin coughed the ball up after being nailed by a Warrior defender and Waukee’s Komuri Lejukole scooped it up on Ottumwa’s own 29-yard line. The Bulldogs forced the Warriors into a fourth down situation, but Gray was able to burst through a hole in the line for a first down on the 6-yard line. Moments later, A.J. Allen rushed the final 6 yards for a score, extending the Warriors’ lead to 20-0.
Waukee continued to pour it on in the second quarter. By halftime, the Warriors had increased their lead to 41-0. Trevor Allen caught opening kickoff for Waukee and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown to start the third quarter. The Warriors scored one more touchdown in the third quarter, extending their lead to 55-0.
The Bulldog offense showed some signs of life in the second half, but they just couldn’t put together any sustained drives. One of the lone bright spots for Ottumwa was freshman Isaiah Hutchinson, who had some nice carries at tailback in the fourth quarter.
Junior tailback Alec Maas had 16 carries for 52 yards and Zach Bowling led the team with seven tackles.
Coach Zach Pfantz said he felt his team gave a solid effort despite the lopsided score. He said this group of seniors will always be special to him because they were his first group. He said he was proud of his seniors for working hard and buying into his system.
Waukee 55, Ottumwa 0
Ottu 0 0 0 0— 00
Wauk 20 21 14 0 — 55
Scoring By Quarters
Wauk — Allen 44-yard run (Isaac Bruns kick) 10:47.
Wauk — Patrick Gray 17-yard run (Bruns kick) 7:49.
Wauk — A.J. Allen 6-yard run (Bruns kick failed) 3:48.
Wauk — Kellen Kollmorgen pass from Riley Gray (Bruns kick) 11:43.
Wauk — Trevor Allen 41-yard run (Bruns kick) 9:32.
Wauk — Trevor Allen 5-yard run (Bruns kick) 11:17.
Wauk — Trevor Allen 84-yard kickoff return (Bruns kick) 11:17.
Wauk — Chase Fagenbush 2-yard run (Bruns kick) 1:29.
First downs 3 16
Rushes-yards 32-69 41-2
Passing yards 24 56
Total Yards 41-93 48-343
Comp-Att-Int 1-9-0 3-7-1
Return Yards 6-62 5-78
RUSHING — Alec Maas 16-52 yards, Seth Griffiths 4-8 yards, Alex Goodvin 6-(-15), Isaiah Hutchinson.
PASSING — Goodvin 1-9, xxx yards.
RECEIVING —Chris Peden 1-24 yards.
INTERCEPTIONS — Andrew Altfillisch.
TACKLES — Logan McCarty 5, Altfillisch 2, Zach Bowling 7, Jake Wood 2, Kyle Lundy 4, Shawn Foster 5, Chris Peden 5, Cole Eklund 2, Titus Weller 2, Collin Schulz 2.