So far in 2020, the Ottumwa football team has been a group of nomads, roaming across Iowa in search of opponents. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, road trip number three on the season proved to be the toughest one yet.
Winterset pulled away from Ottumwa in the second half Friday night, as the Huskies handed the Bulldogs a 33-14 loss. OHS dropped to 0-3 on the season, all road losses, and two of them against opponents scheduled less than a week before kickoff.
The Ottumwa defense had been stout the first two games, but had no real answer for the Winterset rushing attack. The Huskies totaled 346 yards on the ground in a game that was played almost entirely in a light drizzle. Junior Dawson Forgy had 14 carries for 174 yards and four touchdowns, doubling his TD total on the season.
OHS was not without any chances in the game, especially in the first half. The Bulldogs forced three Winterset turnovers before halftime, but only converted one of them into points. Isaac Eaton’s interception deep in Husky territory late in the first half led to a seven-yard TD run by Kie Glosser, and Ottumwa only trailed 14-7 going into the third quarter.
Winterset would take control at that point, though, scoring three straight times to lead 33-7 by early in the fourth quarter. Glosser did get over 100 yards rushing on his final carry of the night, a back-and-forth, 65-yard TD scamper that set the final margin.
Ottumwa’s next scheduled game is September 25th when they host Marshalltown, which would finally be the Bulldogs’ home opener. OHS has not scheduled a game for this coming Friday, the 18th, although school officials have yet to completely rule out the possibility.