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Otis-Bison ends Rolla's magical season

Published 10/31/2012

Otis-Bison ends Rolla's magical season

By NICK McQUEEN

Special to The Telegram

OTIS — To start the 2012 season, the Rolla High School football team was riding a 15-game losing streak after dropping the opener, 29-24, at Tyrone, Okla.

So a 7-2 mark and a postseason berth was, to say the least, a miraculous turnaround for a program that has enjoyed little-to-no success in recent seasons.

But, all of it came to an abrupt halt Tuesday in the first round of the Eight-Man Division II playoffs as the Pirates fell 54-0 to Otis-Bison in a game called at halftime via the mercy rule.

"They have size. They have numbers. They have a good team," Rolla coach Jonathan Schnable said of the Cougars, who moved to 9-1 with the rout. "Coming from 0-9 last year, it was kind of a magical ride this year. Not a lot of people gave us a chance tonight."

Otis-Bison, which is on the cusp now of its fourth straight double-digit win season, got the ball rolling early and it was apparent quickly the Cougars weren't going to see much resistance. Standout senior tailback Dylan Wissman ran from 57 yards out on the second play from scrimmage for the early Otis-Bison lead.

Then, on Rolla's second possession, Pirate junior fullback Jordan Schwindt fumbled at his own 3-yard line, leading to a recovery score and a 14-0 lead.

"We watched a lot of film, so we thought we knew them pretty well and what they like to do," Otis-Bison coach Travis Starr said of Rolla. "We eliminated what they like to do. (Junior Kyler Telford) is a heck of a back."

Telford came in averaging 169.6 rushing yards per game and led the Pirates with 25 touchdowns this season.

"We held him well underneath that," Starr said. "We wrapped up well and did the things we needed to, played assignment-sound football, which is always what you want to do this time of year."

Telford had just 15 yards on five carries, and with two lost fumbles for the game and a pair of interceptions, the Pirates (7-3) never mustered much offensively. The longest play was a 21-yard pass from junior quarterback Jaron Rusch to sophomore Obie Telford late in the second quarter with the game well in hand and Otis-Bison's second string on the field.

"We came in thinking we had a chance, but hats off to them, they played a tough game," Schnable said. "They play football the way it's supposed to be played — tough, hard-nosed and run the ball well.

"They aren't real flashy, but they get the job done."

The Cougars used just 18 plays to put up 211 yards, and Wissman had 122 yards on six touches with three scores and the fumble recovery TD. The Cougars will host defending Eight-Man Division II state champ Kensington-Thunder Ridge on Saturday. The game is a rematch of last season's sub-state title game, a 54-26 win for Thunder Ridge.

Rolla, which had just 39 total yards Tuesday, ends its season at 7-3.

"Like I told the guys, 'This burns. This stings. We have to regroup and use this during the offseason,'" Schnable said. "No one likes traveling four hours to get beat 54-0. But, we've got the commitments from the younger kids to play next year.

"Hopefully, this season is a tool to get kids out and get them in the weight room this summer," he added. "We build from here."

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Rolla 0 0 x x -- 0

Otis-Bison 22 32 x X -- 54

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

OB--Dylan Wissman 54 run (Kole Urban run)

OB--Dylan Wissman 4 fumble recovery (run failed), 8:48

OB--Kole Urban 12 run (Kole Urban run), 4:20

Second Quarter

OB--Dylan Wissman 45 run (Kole Urban run), 10:39

OB--Kole Urban 4 run (Tyler Maier pass from Kole Urban), 9:11

OB--Dylan Wissman 2 run (Kole Urban run), 7:18

OB--Jordan Hoffman 6 pass from Kole Urban, Dylan Wissman run), 4:44

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