Oswego drops 78-30 decision at home to Central-Burden

OSWEGO — After dropping two of its first three district games, wins are becoming so much more important for the Oswego Indians as they hit the final two weeks of the regular season.

OHS suffered its second straight home loss last Friday as it dropped a 78-30 decision to Eight Man I-District 1 co-leader Central of Burden at Arrowhead Stadium. The game was called in the third quarter due to the eight-man mercy rule.

“We played against a very physical, well-coached team,” said Indian coach Matt Fowler. “We did some things well but not enough to keep ourselves within striking distance. We simply have to regroup and continue to work on getting info better at the factors that are within our control.”

This was the second straight home loss for Oswego, which had opened up district play at Arrowhead Stadium two weeks earlier with a 38-34 loss to Sedan. Now with Friday’s loss, the Indians dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in district play — currently in fourth place in the District 1 standings with two weeks remaining.

OHS will jump back into action this Friday with another home game against Cedar Vale/Dexter. The Spartans — 5-1 overall — are tied with Central-Burden (4-2) atop the district standings at 3-0 following their 46-0 victory over West Elk. CVD and Central have already clinched two of the four postseason berths out of District 1.

The Raiders jumped out to a two-touchdown lead early against the Indians. They scored on the opening kickoff of the game on a 55-yard return by Tony Brogan and followed that up with a one-yard dive into the end zone by Clayton Cook.

Oswego tried to hang tough as Jace Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a score to get back within eight at 14-6. But it was all Central from that point on.

The Raiders ran off 22 unanswered points, including a 20-yard scoring strike from Jacob Haws to Tanner Groene, a 56-yard scamper to the end zone by Clayton Cook and six-yard scramble for six by Chance Cook. Oswego scored its first offensive touchdown of the game on a 52-yard run by Isaac Elliott, but Central still had a 38-14 lead after 12 minutes of action.

OHS tried its best to hang tough before halftime, getting a pair of touchdown passes from Elliott — the first of 19 yards to Isac Elkins and the other of 14 yards to Jace Wilson.

Central eventually blew the game wide open, though. The Raiders got a pair of Groene touchdowns on runs of seven and five yards to bump their lead up to 58-30 at the break. CHS then tacked on 20 unanswered points in the third quarter, including touchdown runs of four and 62 yards by Zarek Wilson and a 48-yard scamper by Clayton Cook.

The game ended with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.

Oswego had a tough time slowing down the Central ground attack. The Raiders racked up 587 yards of offense, including 483 yards rushing. Three different CHS runners went over the century mark in the contest — Clayton Cook with 10 carries for 188 yards, Groene with 18 attempts for 148 and Zarek Wilson with nine rushes for 141.

Oswego had a tough time getting its offense going in the contest, finishing with 234 total yards. Elliott had a team-high 89 yards rushing on 10 carries but struggled through the air, completing just four of his 11 passes for 81 yards.