The Ottawa University football team looks to keep building after Saturday’s home victory over Bethel.
The Braves topped Threshers, 34-10, at Peoples Bank Field, pushing their record to 2-4 (2-2 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference). Ottawa plays this Saturday at McPherson 1 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs (2-3, 1-3 KCAC) have lost three of its last four, including a 42-35 overtime affair this past Saturday in Salina against Kansas Wesleyan.
The Braves have a six-game win streak dating back to 2010 over the Bulldogs.
OTTAWA 34, BETHEL 10
The Braves scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to run away with their second victory of the season over Threshers. Ottawa’s win was the only game in the KCAC this week decided by more than one score.
Ottawa’s offense broke through with several big plays against the Threshers. Conner Byers, sophomore quarterback, connected with Ethan Paul-Davis, junior running back, for a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open up the scoring.
Byers later found Dylan Wheeler, junior tight end, for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 12:29 left in the second quarter to make it 14-0 Braves at the half.
A one-yard touchdown run by Byers less than two minutes into the fourth quarter capped an 11-play, 42-yard drive to give Ottawa a 21-3 lead.
De’Shawn Jones, junior running back, put the exclamation point on his big day by galloping 89 yards for a touchdown with 9:32 left.
Bethel did strike back with a score of their own, but Jones found scored again late in the fourth quarter to ice the win.
The Braves defense limited Bethel to 243 total yards and 1-for-12 on third down. Ottawa sacked the Threshers quarterback six times, and caused three turnovers, including two interceptions by Jerrell Taylor, junior defensive back.
Jones finished with 148 of Ottawa’s 236 yards on the ground and two scores on 18 attempts. Byers was 15-29 passing for 218 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He added 50 rushing yards on 17 attempts.