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Cougars have no trouble with Rolla

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Cougars have no trouble with Rolla

Published on -10/31/2012, 10:30 AM

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By NICK McQUEEN

nmcqueen@dailynews.net

OTIS -- Throughout a 9-1 campaign thus far, it's been obvious what the Otis-Bison High School football team has done to be successful -- simply get the ball to No. 2.

No. 2 being senior tailback/receiver/kick returner/punter/defensive back Dylan Wissman, who finished the regular season with 2,045 all-purpose yards and 38 offensive TDs.

But at some point when a team gets into the postseason, someone else might have to make some plays -- just like in Tuesday's 54-0 halftime rout of visiting Rolla in the Eight-Man Division II playoff opener.

"We have to have a back with (junior Jordan Hoffman) or (junior Kole Urban), and throw something in there where they don't key on No. 2 all the time," Otis-Bison coach Travis Starr said.

Not that Wissman didn't get his punches in (six carries, 122 yards, three scores and a fumble recovery TD), but Tuesday, the quarterback Urban stepped up and had an impact as well.

Urban rushed for 87 yards and two scores and threw for 73 yards and another TD as Otis-Bison had little trouble moving the ball against Rolla, a team that was 0-9 last season and with a loss to open this year had a 15-game losing streak.

"Dylan is a great player, but we've been trying to get the ball spread around a little bit," Urban said. "Jordan Hoffman ran the ball well, and I got a few more carries tonight.

"We're just trying to mix it up a little bit because everyone will probably start keying in on Dylan."

Wissman struck first Tuesday, scoring on the second play from scrimmage, a 57-yard run up the middle. Then on Rolla's second possession, Wissman picked up a fumble by Pirate junior Jaron Rausch and returned it three yards for a 14-0 Otis-Bison lead.

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

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

Despite some fumbling issues, which have shown up for the Cougars this fall, Urban and the Otis-Bison offense were nearly flawless. Otis-Bison put three fumbles on the ground and lost one of them.

"That's just my fault," Urban said. "First playoff game, I was a bit nervous. That was all me. We'll fix that in practice and hopefully cut it down."

Urban scored his first rushing TD of the night to make it 22-0 to end the first quarter. His second was sandwiched by a pair of Wissman (44 yards and 1 yard) in the second. Urban capped the scoring by finding Hoffman on a 6-yard pass.

"He made some nice reads in the option game," Starr said. "We laid some balls down on the ground we probably shouldn't have laid down, but minus those mistakes, he read really well."

The Otis-Bison defense was impressive as well. Rolla junior tailback Kyler Telford had averaged 169.6 rushing yards per game and scored 25 TDs, but managed just 15 yards on five carries. Rolla (7-3) had just 39 total yards of offense with impressive play on the line from Cougar senior Justus Bartonek.

"He's a great tackler," Starr said. "He didn't do anything outside of what he normally does, he just let the offense come to him.

"He made the plays and was a sure tackler tonight, and he has been throughout the year."

The win earned the Cougars a home date Saturday with defending Division II champion Kensington-Thunder Ridge. The Longhorns won 58-12 against Weskan in other action Tuesday. Saturday's 2 p.m. game in Otis will be a rematch of last season's sub-state title game. A win by the Cougars would be Otis-Bison's fourth straight double-digit win season.

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