Tue, 06 Nov 2012 04:58:56 GMT —
WARDSVILLE --- Tuesday is all about Red, White and Blue.
Do your civic duty, hold your nose and vote.
Monday night in Wardsville, however, was all about Green.
And this one passed the smell test.
Derek Otto scored four touchdowns --- two rushing, one receiving and one on an interception return --- as the Blair Oaks Falcons dusted the South Callaway Bulldogs 49-21 to secure the Class 2 District 6 championship.
You could say the Falcons put it on Otto Pilot, for on this night, the senior was El Presidente'.
"He had a great night for us," Falcons coach Brad Drehle said. "Again.
"I'm just awfully proud of all our kids right now. They played hard and did what they had to do."
The Bulldogs (10-2) fired the game's first salvo, as Jason Kimminau --- who threw for 234 yards --- found Garner Rudroff on a 40-yard strike just 2 minutes, 17 seconds into the game.
That was the first of three touchdowns for Rudroff, who caught another score and had a rushing touchdown.
"They've got a good football team," Drehle said. "They get their kids ready to play and it's always a challenge with them."
But the Falcons (11-1) fired most of the shots the rest of the way, as they finished the game on a 49-14 run.
Playing before a surprisingly small crowd, the Falcons took the lead for good at 21-14 on a 47-yard run by Eli Roberts with 3:27 left in the first half.
Roberts rushed for 157 yards; Otto totaled 113 and caught two passes for 91 yards.
"Those guys are something else," Drehle said.
Indeed. If Otto was El Presidente', then Roberts was Vice President, as he supplied what was the biggest play of the game.
The Bulldogs were down 21-14 and driving, when the senior intercepted a pass and returned in 48 yards to the South Callaway 3.
"That was a huge play, it changed the game," Drehle said.
After the Roberts' pick and dash, Otto scored three plays later. Instead of it being a possible tie at 21, the Falcons led 28-14 at the break.
The Falcons --- who will host Clark County (12-0) in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday --- then scored on the first possession of the second half on an 8-yard run by Daniel Castillo and it was 35-14.
And it was basically over.
"We made some adjustments at half that I think really helped us," Drehle said, "and the kids executed exceptionally well."
Two Blair Oaks interceptions in the fourth quarter --- one by Joey Bernskoetter and the other returned, fittingly, for a touchdown by Otto --- helped seal the deal.
On to Saturday with another game in Greenland.
"It's a great opportunity for our kids," Drehle said. "We're excited about it."
As they should be.