OTIS — Underdog Ingalls started off in a 28-0 hole and lost 60-14 to Otis-Bison in Friday’s 8-Man II quarterfinal football game.
Ingalls (7-3) was out-manned physically against a fast and talented Otis-Bison football team. The Bulldogs managed two touchdowns — a diving score by quarterback Timothy Gillen and a dazzling 63-yard touchdown reception by David Varela.
Gillen threw for 151 yards and Ingalls rushed for 38 yards. Joseph Clark recovered a Cougar fumble.
“My boys never gave up, and that’s all I can ask of them,” said Ingalls coach Vestal Teeter.
Otis-Bison racked up 451 yards with a perfect mix of running and passing. Backup tailback Daniel Scott rushed for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Anton Foust accounted for 222 yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
The Cougars iced the game on Scott’s 53-yard score with 6:05 left in the third period.
“I had nightmares all week because I knew how talented Otis-Bison was,” Teeter said. “Their offensive and defensive lines are really good. I give them all the credit. Their quarterback Foust and their back Scott are really good football players.”
The Bulldogs were hurt by untimely penalties that extended Cougar drives. The Cougars scored on the next play, after Ingalls moved offside with Otis-Bison pinned back at its own 5-yard line.
“We had mental mistakes and shot ourselves in the foot,” Teeter said. “That ended up costing us.”
The Cougars scored six first-half touchdowns for a 44-6 lead, keyed by Anton Foust, who threw three touchdown passes and rushed for a score. The Cougars gained 314 yards and rumbled 66 and 77 yards on lengthy first-half scoring drives.
Maitland Wiltse opened the scoring on a 7-yard scoring strike and ended the half with a 28-yard touchdown reception from Foust. The Cougars were pinned deep in their own territory when Ingalls handed them a 5-yard offside penalty. Scott busted a 70-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
“It’s disappointing when you have them pinned back in long-yardage situation. You’ve expect to get your defense off the field,” Teeter said. “We had a hard time getting our defense off the field tonight. That’s pretty much the ballgame tonight.”
Bevan Gradig caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Foust and Foust added a 2-yard touchdown for a 28-0 lead with 8:59 left in the half.
The Bulldogs’ offense answered on Timothy Gillen’s 4-yard touchdown dive on fourth-and-goal for a 28-6 score.
Otis-Bison’s Scott converted a third-and-25 on a 35-yard run and scored on an 8-yard run for a 36-6 lead. Wiltse caught a 28-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the half.