OSWEGO — A showdown between a pair of undefeated teams ended in a lopsided win for the Oswego Indians, who trounced the Yates Center Wildcats 52-6 on Homecoming.
Yates Center, which was without its starting quarterback who was quarantined due to COVID-19, scored first in the game on a 15-yard run from backup quarterback Carter Burton.
That was the last time the Wildcats found the scoreboard.
“They were very physical and hit us hard,” Oswego head coach Matt Fowler said. “I was most impressed with our response. We matched the physicality and overcame that to put it in our direction.”
The Indians had to adjust on the fly to Yates Center’s offense, which deploys drastic splits along its offensive line — the three offensive linemen for the Wildcats spread out past the hashes on most plays.
“We’re both very unique on offense,” Fowler said. “When you don’t see anything else like that, it’s hard. In all my years of coaching, I’ve never faced that. We made some adjustments to try and take their running backs away. They put you in open field situations and you have to make tackles without much help.”
As the Indians took command in the second quarter, Oswego saw momentum flip with just over four minutes left in the half. After Oswego’s defense denied Yates Center on two quarterback sneaks at the one-yard line, the very next play saw Levi George recover a fumble by the Wildcats and take it 71 yards to the other end zone.
“That was the biggest play of the night,” Fowler said. “If we don’t make those tough stops…you can’t give up. Our guys hit it low and wouldn’t take no for an answer there. That was a shift in momentum and how both teams were feeling.”
Jake Hutchinson accounted for four total touchdowns, three rushing and one passing, for Oswego on the night.
“He’s a competitor that comes in and is ready to play,” Fowler said. “He’s tough, hard-nosed and played a great game tonight.”
Oswego in total ran for 265 yards and threw for 97 more while limiting Yates Center to 172 yards of total offense.
The Indians improved to 3-0 on the season while Yates Center dropped to 3-1.
“We’re just trying to get better one game at a time,” Fowler said. “I was impressed with our guys tonight. We’ll keep moving forward.”
Oswego faces Sedan in Week 5 in another matchup of undefeated 8-Man squads.
“They’re going to be a great football team,” Fowler said. “We’ve had some battles with them the last two years. They’ll be disciplined. So we’ve got to prepare as best we can to be our best on that night. It’ll be a great game.”
Oswego 52, Yates Center 6
Oswego: 0 32 20 — 52
Yates Center: 6 0 0 — 6
YC: Carter Burton 15-yard run, 7:12, 0-6
OS: Jake Hutchinson 11-yard run, 11:54, 8-6
OS: Jace Landes 57-yard run, 6:57, 16-6
OS: Levi George 71-yard fumble return, 4:22, 24-6
OS: Hutchinson 11-yard run, 0:16, 32-6
OS: Hutchinson 28-yard run, 10:42, 40-6
OS: Hutchinson 50-yard pass to Isac Elkins, 7:57, 46-6
OS: Colton goddard 43-yard run, 52-6