O’Gorman gave up 39 points last week in a loss to Washington, but the Knights’ defense was suffocating on their home field Friday against Watertown. The Arrows managed just 100 yards of total offense and were minus-11 total yards on the ground as O’Gorman punished Watertown 42-10 on homecoming.
The Knights (3-2) grew the lead to 42-0 early in the fourth quarter, and Watertown (1-4) could get nothing going on offense. The lead was 28-0 at halftime, and Watertown had been outgained 247-36 at the break.
“We’re getting better in that area,” O’Gorman coach Steve Kueter said about O’Gorman’s ground game that rushed for 310 yards. “But they’re (Watertown) not Washington High. They’re a young team, but I did see some encouraging things tonight.”
Dodi Makwinja and Luke Fritsch both rushed over 100 yards and both scored twice to lead the Knights. Fritsch added 38 yards in the air, 34 of those going to Jack Peery with two catches.
The Knights took the opening drive 68 yards in three minutes and 36 seconds on eight straight running plays and the tone was set. Makwinja scored from one-yard out to cap the drive and Watertown never recovered. O’Gorman scored on their next drive of 80 yards, capped by a Fritsch 14-yard run.
“We played a lot better defensively tonight,” Kueter said. “We made some mistakes last week that were uncharacteristic for us, and I thought we played much better.”
One of the highlights for O’Gorman was the return of Boston Bauer. Bauer was a starter for the Knights last season but broke his ankle in summer football camp and has been sidelined. He got his first action of the season against Watertown, and on his first touch, the senior running back ran for a score.
“He looked pretty good,” Kueter said. “I think he’s going to be alright.”
Leading 42-0 midway through the fourth quarter, Kueter pulled his starters. Junior quarterback T.J. Scheafer took over for Fritsch at quarterback and had a shotgun snap sail over his head. The ball bounced several times and found its way into the OG end zone where Marcus Heggelund landed on it giving the Arrows their first score of the game with 6:32 to play.
Watertown’s Mitch Tschakert nailed a 41-yard field goal with under a minute to play.
OG – Dodi Makwinja 1 run (Kristian Jakowicz kick)
OG – Luke Fritsch 14 run (Jakowicz kick)
OG – Jack Peery 22 run (Jakowicz kick)
OG – Boston Bauer 7 run (Jakowicz kick)
OG – Fritsch 9 run (Jakowicz kick)
OG – Makwinja 17 run (Jakowicz kick)
W – Marcus Heggelun fumble recovery (Mitch Tschakert kick)
W – Tschakert 41 FG
First Downs 5 19
Rushes-Yards 28-minus -11 47-310
Passing Yards 111 38
Att-Comp-Int 19-8-2 4-3-0
Total Yards 100 348
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 3-25 4-39
RUSHING: Watertown – Noah Spartz 14-31, Ezekiel Gutierrez 5-minus-10, Brennan Gabriel 1-minus-10; OG – Makwinja 15-128, Fritsch 14-108, Antonio Casiello 6-57, Peery 2-26.
PASSING: Watertown – Alex Gauer 4-13-1-67, Nate Davis 4-5-1-44; OG – Fritsch 3-4-0-38.
RECEIVING: Watertown – Brent Schulte 3-22, Bailey VanSickle 2-44, Davis 2-33, Noah Shawd 1-22; OG – Peery 2-34, Casiello 1-4.