Ottawa's football team had its usual meeting last Saturday, watching video from its game the night before.
But this time was different — the Ottawa players watched themselves win for the first time. The 18-7 victory over Baldwin ended a 33-game losing streak; the last time Ottawa won was Oct. 14, 2005. No current Ottawa player had won a varsity game.
"It was fun to come in and watch tape and run after a win," Ottawa second-year coach Marc Bergan said. "It was a big weight lifted from everybody.
"... I was so happy for our seniors. We have five seniors that have stuck with it. I'm happy for everybody, but especially for those guys that have been through so much."
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Ottawa had several close games, including a 7-0 loss to Eudora. Ottawa plays host to DeSoto tonight.
Running wild — Northwest had one of its top rushing performances of the season last week. The Grizzlies rushed for 307 yards and three touchdowns in their win over Southeast.
A big part of Northwest's success that night came in moving senior Brock Heithaus from the offensive line to fullback. Though he wasn't able to take part much in gaining the yards — he finished with seven carries for 19 yards — he led the way for Demarcus Robinson's 274 yards.
"Brock is one of the best athletes we have on the team," Northwest coach Weston Schartz said. "He could probably play every position on the field for us if we needed him too."
With the win, the Grizzlies (3-2) are tied for second place in the City League with Kapaun Mount Carmel.
Pass-happy — That Bishop Carroll quarterback Blake Bell has passed for 1,143 yards might surprise some. His top three receivers graduated after the 2008 season, when Bell was named to The Eagle's Top 11 team and was named Kansas' Gatorade Player of the year.
But he's still leading the City League with nearly 230 passing yards per game.
Wichita Collegiate's Blake Jablonski has even better numbers, throwing for 1,410 yards. Carroll and Collegiate are 5-0.
Other area quarterbacks nearing the 1,000-yard mark are Mulvane's Gus Strunk (934 yards), Andover's Aaron Hansen (810), McPherson's Joel Piper (803), Andover Central's Landon Huslig (722) and Derby's Tyler Harrison (710).
District showdowns — Several of the area's top teams will face each other early in district play. Among the matchups in the opening week of districts next week are Hutchinson-McPherson, Rose Hill-Wichita Trinity, Andale-Buhler and Conway Springs-Garden Plain.
Those eight teams are a combined 38-2.