Prep football: Missed opportunities doom Bulldogs

Ottumwa senior Dominick Delehoy (red) battles with the football against the defense of the Marshalltown Bobcats on Friday night at Schafer Stadium in Ottumwa.

In the end, the Ottumwa High School football team just wore down.

That’s what 23 consecutive running plays will do to a team as the opponent tries to re-establish footing.

Marshalltown ran and ran and ran from the first play of the second half in its 26-14 win over the Bulldogs, handing Ottumwa its first loss of the season. Marshalltown coach Adam Goodvin said it wasn’t much of a change in scheme as it was a determination from his players. Ottumwa coach Brian Goodvin said the lack of offense on his team’s part set forward a chain reaction and caused the defense to be on the field too long.

“We just didn’t get anything going offensively. Marshalltown was physical, and I thought we matched that most of the game,” Goodvin said. “We just weren’t clicking, but we knew this was going to be a little more difficult, especially against a team with a week to prepare for us.”

The good and the bad with Ottumwa’s Week 2 setback:

What went right

• Ottumwa’s defense continued to swarm, even if there weren’t as many game-changing plays. The Bulldogs forced the Bobcats into eight fumbles, but only recovered three of them. One of them came when linebacker Zach Ross simply took the ball away from a running back and almost raced to the end zone for a touchdown. Brody Slack also recovered a fumble in the game.

• For most of the first half, the Bulldogs bottled up Marshalltown’s offense. That was a good thing, since the Bobcats and Bulldogs run essentially the same offense. The first half was not a half for offensive junkies, but the defenses for both teams thrived.

What went wrong

• The Bulldogs had more than enough opportunities on scoring drives to flip the outcome of the game, but mostly in the first half. Ottumwa started a drive at Marshalltown’s 12 and was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 3. Though that one hurt, the drive that may have been more costly came right before halftime in a 7-7 game. Starting a drive in Marshalltown territory, Ottumwa drove to the Bobcats’ 21 and came away with zero points, especially having to kick off to Marshalltown to start the second half. Those stalled drives could have resulted in, at worst, a 17-7 Ottumwa lead.

• Ottumwa struggled to stop the run in the second half. The Bobcats’ Carson Beals and Kabba Pins are distinctly different, with Beals more of a bruising back and Pins able to get to the outside and use speed. Both rushed for over 100 yards and had a big hand in the Bobcats controlling the tempo of the game.

Up next

Ottumwa visits Newton (1-1) in the penultimate nondistrict game of the season. The Cardinals defeated Boone 19-13 behind a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, and amassed 412 yards total offense.

Around Class 4A District 6

Quarterback Trent Brown overcame three interceptions by rushing for 126 yards as Des Moines East beat Des Moines North 35-22; the Scarlets recovered four fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. ... Indianola running back Kael Kolarik rushed for 170 yards and three scores to lead the Indians to a 35-7 win over Des Moines Hoover. ... Ankeny forced three turnovers to send Johnston to a its first loss of the season, 20-7. ... James Jennings threw two touchdown passes, but Mason City surrendered 26 consecutive points in a 54-14 loss to Waterloo West; the Mohawks have lost 12 consecutive games. ... Waukee quarterback Mitch Randall managed 310 yards total offense in a 38-35 loss to Southeast Polk; the Warriors have lost their first two games by a total of seven points.

This week’s schedule

Ottumwa (1-1) at Newton (1-1); Des Moines Roosevelt (2-0) at Des Moines East (1-1); Indianola (1-1) at No. 7 Fort Dodge (2-0); Johnston (1-1) at No. 4 Dowling Catholic (1-1); Marshalltown (2-0) at Mason City (0-2); No. 10 Cedar Rapids Prairie (2-0) at Waukee (0-2).

Chad Drury can be reached at, and on Twitter @ChadDrury


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