Indians overpower Eagles in 2-1A playoffs

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Uniontown High’s Jordan Woods (39) left Oswego High defenders in his wake on this 43-yard run in the first half of Tuesday’s Class 2-1A bi-district playoff game at Oswego. Oswego won the game 59-7, ending the Eagles’ season.

OSWEGO — Oswego High’s Indians rolled 65 yards on the opening drive of Tuesday’s bi-district contest against Uniontown High’s Eagles. The Indians scored on that drive and never looked back.
The Indians improved to 10-0 with a 59-7 victory over their visitors. Oswego advances to a regional game of the Kansas Class 2-1A playoffs Saturday.
“Oswego is a very good team that should make a deep run in the playoffs,” said Chad Stroud, Eagle head coach.
“We knew they would not overlook us since we jump-ed out to a 13-0 lead the first time (Oct. 2, 44-13) we played them this year.”
Uniontown (4-6) spent most of the game backed up in its own territory. The Eagles had one first down in the first half.
That came with the Eagles down 26-0 when Jordan Woods got loose for a 43-yard run. Woods carried the Eagles from their own 31 to Oswego’s 26.
But Uniontown only gained four more yards on the series.
The Eagle defense did turn the Indians away with just under three minutes left in the second quarter. Oswego had the football at Uniontown’s four-yard line but the Indians fumbled the football.
Uniontown’s Brenton Esslinger made the recovery at the seven-yard line. Again, the Eagle offense went no where and was forced to punt.
Oswego only needed one play to reach the end zone. It was a 41-yard pass play from quarterback Lane Martin to Michael Bullard.
Oswego led 32-0 at halftime.
Martin had the first touchdown for the Indians on a two-yard quarterback keeper. Damon Trotnic returned a punt 61 yards to set up his nine-yard run to the end zone.
Nick Billingsly caught the two-point conversion pass from Martin. It was 14-0 with 7:42 on the first-quarter clock.
Martin added a five-yard touchdown run three minutes later. An interception by Trotnic led to a two-yard dive over the goal line by Trotnic to open the second quarter’ then Bullard’s catch.
Uniontown got the second half kickoff but it was three plays and punt for the Eagles.
Oswego pushed down the field and added to its score on a 33-yard touchdown run by Trotnic. With Billingsly’s kick, it was 39-0 at the 8:34 mark.
Three-and-out and a punt by the Eagles allowed the Indians another short field. Martin capped a 48-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run with 4:56 on the third-quarter clock.
Then came the game highlight for the Eagles. They held the ball for the rest of the third quarter as they put together a 17-play, 71-yard drive that extended into the fourth period.
The long march was capped by a seven-yard scoring pass to Ben Dixon from Zach Travis. Seth Sympson kicked the extra point.
“We were able to put a nice drive together and score on Oswego’s starting defense,” Stroud said. “One bright note is Oswego has only given up four touchdowns all year and we have scored three of them.”
Oswego added two touchdowns — a one-yard run by Billingsly and a two-yard run by Tyler Area — in the last seven minutes of the game.
The Indians amassed 415 yards rushing as the Eagles had 74 yards on 33 carries.
Travis completed 8 of 17 passes for 45 yards. Dixon made five catches for 22 yards.
Woods punted seven times for 196 yards, for a 28-yard average.
Leading the Eagle defense was Ty Clayton with 14 tackles, Max Labbe with 13 tackles and Matt Maloney with 11 tackles.
“Freshmen Brenton Ess-linger and Trenton Miller stepped up and played very well. I hope our younger kids see Oswego as an example of what a difference a year of everyone dedicated in the weight room can make,” Stroud said.
Oswego hosts Olpe (10-0) Saturday in the next round of the 2-1A playoffs. Olpe defeated Chase County 42-6 Tuesday.

Uniontown 0-0-0-7—7
Oswego 20-12-13-14—59

Oswego — Martin 2 yd run (pass failed)
Oswego — Trotnic 9 yd run (Billingsly pass from Martin)
Oswego — Martin 5 yd run (pass failed)
Oswego — Trotnic 2 yd run (pass failed)
Oswego — Bullard 41 yd pass from Martin (kick failed)
Oswego — Trotnic 33 yd run (Billingsly kick)
Oswego — Martin 8 yd run (kick failed)
Uniontown — Dixon 7 yd pass from Travis (Sympson kick)
Oswego — Billingsly 1 yd run (Billingsly kick)
Oswego — Area 2 yd run (Billingsly kick)