Cox, complemented by some pristine blocking, marched Ottumwa down the field with some runs that ate up large chunks of yardage in the team’s first drive.The sophomore running back capped off the drive by scampering 14 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead with a little over nine minutes left in the quarter. Justin Vonderhaar booted in the extra point to grow Ottumwa’s lead to 7-0.
Although the Bulldogs second drive slogged along a bit more slowly than the first, Ottumwa was once again able to convert when it neared the end zone. The catalyst of the drive was Bowling. Frazier fired a pass up the middle to Bowling that was tipped by a Panther defender. The tip, however, wasn’t forceful enough to change the course of the ball’s flight and Bowling caught the pass in midstride and galloped into Panther territory for a 37-yard gain. Cox eventually finished the drive by rushing 10 yards for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog defense was enjoying a lot of success against the Panther’s run and pass attack. Ottumwa’s line constantly pressured Panther quarterback Dustin Amos, which rendered Mount Pleasant’s passing attack virtually nonexistent. And, the Panthers running game fared only a little better than it’s passing attack. Mount Pleasant finished with only 19 passing yards and the Panthers only managed to gain 32 yards on 30 carries.
Frazier continued to routinely find Bowling with passes along with a potpourri of other Ottumwa receivers including Titus Weller, Corey Ridgway and Titus Weller. With over six minutes left in the half, Frazier fired a six-yard pass to Kyle Lundy in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown. By halftime, Ottumwa’s lead had ballooned to 26-0.
Cox got Ottumwa off to a positive start in third quarter with an awe-inspiring 27-yard touchdown. On the run, Cox switched directions, evaded a tackler, shed two other would-be tacklers and dashed into the end zone to increase Ottumwa’s lead to 32-0. Vonderhaar’s extra point made it 33-0.