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11/14/2013 6:42:00 PM
Othello blow out Hounds, stay in second place
Josiah Peterson cuts up the hole as teammates Tanner Wagner (left) and Conor Weise (No. 40) set up blocks during the Huskies 48-13 win over Grandview. Photo by Erik Pague.
Josiah Peterson cuts up the hole as teammates Tanner Wagner (left) and Conor Weise (No. 40) set up blocks during the Huskies 48-13 win over Grandview. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

GRANDVIEW - For the third time straight, the Huskies got off to a blazing first half start to put away a team, putting up all their scores without an answer from Grandview on their way to a 48-13 win over the Greyhounds Friday, Nov. 1. Thirty-four of those points came in the first half, with senior running back Tanner Wagner running in three touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
The Huskies now hold onto a 6-2 conference record and remain in second place in the CWAC, tied with West Valley and Prosser. Despite the lopsided outcome, Othello head coach Roger Hoell said the team looked like they were sleepwalking through the game at times and hopes to see a more focused team in their final week of the regular season.
"It was a 'we were there' type of deal and we learned that we need to be more focused in the things we do - regardless of who we're playing," he said. "We're getting to the part of the season where it's crunch time now and if we're going to make the state playoffs, we have to play a little more solid."
The coaching staff's high expectations for the team have led to success so far this season and the well-tuned running attack proved to be too much for yet another team as the Huskies scored all seven of their touchdowns on the ground. A nice kickoff return gave the Huskies excellent field position for their opening drive to set up a scrambling toss from quarterback Adrian Garza to tight end Conor Weise running a slant route that got the Huskies to the two-yard line. Josiah Peterson got the call on the next play but was stopped for no gain, leaving Wagner with the honor of blasting in the score from two yards out after four minutes had expired from the game clock.
The defense made a big play during Grandview's first possession when senior Justin Krebs picked off Jorge Oros, who had defensive lineman Anthony Ruiz's hands in his face during the throw. Wagner got the ball on the next three plays, reaching the endzone on the third attempt from eight yards out.
The defense forced a fumble on Grandview's second play on their next possession, with senior defensive lineman Bubba Ruiz making a heads up play to get in the pile and recover the ball, setting up Othello on Grandview's 17-yard line. A Grandview penalty moved the Huskies a bit closer to the goal line, setting Wagner up for a four-yard score and his hat trick.
Hoell said the balance his team found on defense and in the ground game combined to give them another solid win.
"Three weeks in a row where the game's been put away and we've been up big at the half," he said. "The great thing is that our defense played solid and yes, the running game has gotten a lot better ... those are all positives and we'll take that."
In the second quarter, Garza broke out in a big time play, cruising for a 71-yard rushing touchdown followed by a nine-yard score from Josiah Peterson. Peterson picked up 186 yards on 21 carries, demonstrating his value as the workhorse back of the squad. Garza scored once again in the third before the starters were pulled out, giving an opportunity to sophomore quarterback Alix Garcia who tallied the Huskies final score in the fourth. Grandview was able to score two touchdowns on the second team.
The Huskies look to close out the regular season Friday at home with a win hosting the East Valley Red Devils. With solid control of second place still up in the air, Hoell said it's crucial his team fires on all cylinders to solidify their precarious situation a little bit.
"East Valley has always played us tough as long as they've been here, so we've got to take care of our side and take care of what we control," he said. "It's senior night and we have to come out with a 'W', then we can worry about all the playoff scenarios later."
The Huskies might have to play a tiebreaker game at a neutral site Tuesday depending on whether or not the current three-way tie for second place in the CWAC is broken tomorrow night.

Othello 21 13 7 7 48
Grandview 0 0 0 13 13

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