Blue Devils escape with 38-34 win over Oswego in district opener

OSWEGO — With the start of district play, the intensity is expected to pick up for every game on the field. That was definitely the case in the Eight Man I-District 1 opener between Sedan and Oswego.

Down to one final play in the game, the Blue Devils made one last stop to keep their unbeaten string alive as safety Dameion Hatten knocked away a pass in the end zone as time expired to preserve their 38-34 victory over the Indians on Sept. 21 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sedan  actually had a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter when Oswego battled back. The Indians got an 11-yard touchdown run from Jace Wilson that brought them back within four and later had one more opportunity to pull out a come-from-behind victory.

Late in the contest, the Indians tossed a 40-yard screen pass that took them all the way down to the SHS four-yard line. On first-and-goal, OHS ran another screen pass, but it was stopped for no gain. With time winding down, the quarterback spiked the ball, but a player wasn’t set, resulting in a fall start penalty.

That pushed the host team back five yards to the nine-yard line for one final play. Oswego sent a fade pass into the left side of the end zone, but Hatten came up with the play of the game and deflected the ball away as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The Blue Devils improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in District 1 action heading into a home game against Cedar Vale/Dexter. The Spartans are also 1-0 in the district and 3-1 overall following a 52-6 home win over Flinthills last week.

Meanwhile, the Indians suffered their first loss of the season as they dropped to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in district play. They were scheduled to hit the road on Sept. 28 for another district contest at West Elk — 1-3 following a 44-36 home loss to Central-Burden.

The Blue Devils actually jumped out to a fast start in the opening quarter. Hatten put SHS on the board with an eight-yard touchdown run, followed by Ronald Davis’ conversion. Moments later, Tayte Halderman broke loose for a 45-yard scamper into the end zone, and Hatten followed with a conversion pass to Davis for a 16-0 advantage.

Oswego answered on the ensuing kickoff as Wilson took the ball and scrambled 65 yards to the end zone. The Indians also got the conversion to cut the margin in half. Late in the opening quarter, Isaac Elliot went into the end zone from three yards out to cut the Sedan lead to two, 16-14, after 12 minutes of action.

OHS continued its momentum in the second quarter. The Indians capped off a string of 20 unanswered points with another three-yard touchdown run by Elliot. Oswego’s defense shut out Sedan in the second period as the host team went into the intermission up 20-16.

The teams went back and forth in the second half. The Blue Devils regained the lead on a four-yard run by Halderman, who also completed the conversion pass to Cody Joslin for a 24-20 edge. Back came Oswego on a six-yard run into the end zone by Wilson that gavotte host team a two-point lead. But Halderman found Joslin on a 14-yard scoring strike and then ran in the conversion himself later in the period to give the Blue Devils a 32-26 lead after three quarters.

Hatten increased the Sedan advantage early in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard run for six, but the conversion failed to leave the difference at 12. Wilson got the Indians back in it with his scoring run, which eventually set up the wild ending to the contest in the closing seconds of action.

The Blue Devils finished the contest with 351 total yards of offense, including 327 on the ground by way of 43 carries. Leading the way for the visitors was Halderman, who had 30 rushes for 247 yards. Meanwhile, the Indians had 371 yards — 244 rushing and 127 through the air — and were led by Wilson with 26 carries for 136 yards.