Otters blast Rocori 33-12Published 7:27am Saturday, September 7, 2013
COLD SPRING — After a rough opening week, the Fergus Falls Otter football team was able to rebound in a big way as it defeated Central Lakes Conference foe and co-conference champion Rocori 33-12 Friday evening.
The Spartans looked to continue where the Brainerd Warriors left off as Tim Hansen plunged into the endzone from two yards out to put Rocori up 6-0 in the first.
The teams would trade turnovers as Rocori fumbled the ball to the Otters and Fergus followed that up with an interception around the home team’s 12 yard line.
The Otters would get the last laugh as they finally responded late in the first quarter as Austin Rund jumped a Rocori receiver’s route and took it 12 yards for a touchdown. After a Sam Rausch extra point, Fergus possessed its first lead of the year.
The Spartans would be unable to move the ball offensively and would punt it on its next possession. On the first play of Fergus’ next possession, Adam Evenson would help expand the lead for the Otters before the end of the first quarter as he slipped past the defense for a 70 yard touchdown run.
Both teams went into a scoring drought in the second quarter, leaving the game 14-6 at the break.
Rocori showed some life at the beginning of the second half as Hansen once again scored a rushing touchdown from two yards out. With another missed two point conversion, the Otters clung to a two point lead.
At 3:59 in the third quarter, Sam Rausch booted a 44 yard field goal to give the Otters a cushion. But they would not need it as the rest of the night belonged to the visitor. Fergus runningback Abram Aho plowed through the defensive line for a three yard touchdown run to end the scoring in the third.
In the fourth quarter, Evenson would add his second touchdown of the night, this time on a six yard run. Rausch would finish out the scoring for the evening as his leg proved to be nearly perfect, hitting a 34 yard field goal.
“It feels really good to get that first win, but I don’t know if has really sunk in yet,” Otter coach Steve Olson said. “I’m more happy for the kids. All their hard work from June to now has finally paid off.”
Fergus finished the evening with 256 yards on the ground on the way to 299 yards of total offense.
Evenson led the Otters with 111 yards on seven rushes and two touchdowns, while Rund had 10 carries for 91 yards.
The Otters will look to carry its momentum into next week as it welcomes in the Bemidji Lumberjacks for a 7 p.m. CLC showdown Friday.