HENNING — In its homecoming game Friday, the Otter Tail Central football team used a late scoring drive to defeat the previously undefeated West Central Area/Ashby Knights 22-14.
The Bulldogs were the first to get on the scoreboard in the game. After trading drives, OTC found its rhythm as they moved the ball down the field on a series of sweeps and play action passes. Quarterback Tanner Arndt would call his own number for the team’s first score as he plunged in from a yard out. The 2-point conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0. After another Knights drive, the Bulldogs would get the ball back and cashed in their chips as Isaac Fisher scored on an 11-yard run. Brady VanErp would score the 2-point conversion to take a 14-0 lead.
There was no scoring in the second quarter as the Bulldogs went into the break with the lead.
After a halftime pep talk, the Knights came out motivated as they drove the field on a 10 play, 67-yard drive culminating with a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jaden Norby. West Central failed on their 2-point conversion attempt to cut the lead to 14-6. Later in the quarter, Norby would setup the Knights next drive as he intercepted Arndt. Anthony Sykora would cut through the defense for a 9-yard touchdown run. Sykora would take the 2-point conversion in to tie the game.
The remainder of the game was a slugfest as it went down to the wire. With 1:15 left to play, the Bulldogs running back Hayden Hart would find a crease and score from 7 yards out to take the lead. A successful 2-point conversion would put the game out of reach as OTC claimed victory.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs on the ground was Hart with 39 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Arnt would finish with 38 yards and a touchdown, while Fisher had 26 yards and a touchdown. Arndt would also finish with 145 yards through the air going 15-for-19 with six passes going to Brennen Amundson for 81 yards.
The Knights were led by Sykora on as he rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
The Bulldogs limited the effectiveness of Norby on the ground as they sacked the Knight quarterback five times.
The Bulldogs will head out on the road to take on the New York Mills Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The Knights will look to rebound as they travel to take on the Barnesville Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.