TONIGHT: After a 'Senior Night' setback to the top team in Class 4A, Dowling Catholic, the Ottumwa football teams begins a stretch of two important weeks of play on the road to close out the regular season with a new road trip. The Bulldogs head to Ankeny, a town that has been tough for OHS to get a win in historically, for the Bulldogs (3-4, 1-2) first ever meeting with Ankeny Centennial (5-2, 2-1), the newest school in Class 4A.
WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Ankeny Stadium in Ankeny.
BROADCAST: 1240 AM KBIZ.
LAST YEAR: No meeting. This is Ankeny Centennial's first year of athletic competition in any sport. The Bulldogs did face top-ranked West Des Moines Valley in a week-zero season opener last year, losing 27-0 to the defending 4A state champs, while taking the eighth regular-season week of the season off.
LAST WEEK: It was a tough final home game of the 2013 regular season for the Bulldogs as top-ranked Dowling Catholic jumped on top of OHS early and often at Schafer Stadium. Ottumwa's offense failed to find an elixir for Dowling's ultra-efficient defense in the first quarter and fell behind 21-0. Maroon quarterback Ryan Boyle, the second leading rusher in Class 4A, Division 3 behind Ottumwa's Isaiah Cox, rushed for 52 of his 76 rushing yards on the first touchdown play of the night. Dowling's defense shut the door on the Bulldogs, using an early 40-yard interception by Jason Bowman to open an early 14-0 lead. The Maroons would open up a 42-0 halftime edge on the way to a 42-3 victory. Ankeny Centennial, meanwhile, overcame an early fake punt that led to Marshalltown score and pulled away for a 50-14 win that allowed the Jaguars to pull ahead of OHS by a game for second place in the division, tied with Mason City for the position.