Prep football: Ottumwa vs. Waukee

Kie Glosser (4) runs with the football up the field for the Ottumwa Bulldogs as Simon Loftsgard (15) looks to make the stop for the Waukee Warriors.

WAUKEE — There are some records to be proud of, others not so much.

Case in point was the record the Ottumwa High School football team broke from World War I.

The Bulldogs allowed a school record for points, and once the game went downhill it went that way in a hurry in a 74-12 loss to Waukee to wrap up a brutal stretch of games for the undermanned Bulldogs. The 74 points were the most given up since the Bulldogs allowed 73 against Oskaloosa in 1917.

And it started early. Waukee scored 47 points in the opening quarter. It wasn’t until Blaze Rominger’s second-quarter touchdown catch that the Bulldogs stopped some of the bleeding.

So, now the Bulldogs can turn to a softer finishing schedule, with Des Moines East and Mason City left to play and a combined two wins between them.

The ups and downs to Week 7:

What went right

• The passing game showed signs of life, even after the game was long decided. Adam Denniston threw two touchdown passes, the most since Week 3 against Newton. In the absence of tight end Trae Swartz, it was important to establish other receivers, and Blaze Rominger and Kie Glosser produced.

• The defense came up with three fumble recoveries. The Bulldogs had been badly in need of showing it can be an opportunistic defense, and it happened in this game as Andy Palma, Isaac Eaton and Jesus Jaime all came up with turnovers.

What went wrong

• A lot. Waukee led 47-0 after a quarter, 68-6 at halftime. The Bulldogs were burned by two punt-return touchdowns and a fumble-recovery score. Waukee quarterback Mitch Randall ran for two touchdowns, but was otherwise a nonfactor. The Warriors had 491 yards total offense.

Up next

Ottumwa hosts Des Moines East for Senior Night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Around Class 4A District 6

Des Moines East built a 17-0 lead in the third quarter, then had to hang on against Mason City in a 17-13 win as the Mohawks extended their losing streak to 17 games. ... Indianola grinded out a huge win over previously 10th-ranked Johnston 17-7, getting 69 yards rushing and a touchdown from Kael Kolarik, as well as a pick-six from Peyton Boozell; the Indians will face Waukee for the district championship, with the loser still very much in the running for a playoff spot based on RPI.

In the rankings

Waukee is ranked 10th, and Indianola is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll.

This week’s schedule

Des Moines East (2-5, 1-2) at Ottumwa (1-6, 0-3); Indianola (5-2, 3-0) at No. 10 Waukee (4-3, 3-0); Mason City (0-7, 0-3) at Johnston (4-3, 2-1).

Chad Drury can be reached at cdrury@ottumwacourier.com, and on Twitter @ChadDrury

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