It was the turnovers and penalty yards from Drexel that turned into a 37-14 victory for Western Missouri Conference rivals Osceola Sept. 20 at Drexel.
“We came out flat and played with little or no emotion in a conference game with a quality opponent,” Drexel head coach Steve Cozad said. “We prepared well all week, but played like we were not ready for a game.”
The Bobcats’ homecoming was spoiled as the Indians started things of with a 4-yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. Osceola continued scoring in the second quarter, this time on a 25-yard run after an interception.
Drexel responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Tyler Allen. Allen also carried in a two-point conversion to tighten the gap to 13-8.
But Osceola retaliated with a 3-yard touchdown carry to lead 21-8 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Indians scored again, this time on a 32-yard field goal to lead 24-8. And Osceola recovered a fumble on the 38-yard line on Drexel’s next possession, scoring a touchdown run on the next play to lead 30-8.
The Bobcats fought back with a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Javyn Johnston to senior tight end Brandon Thomas. But the Indians had the final say in the fourth quarter after intercepting a pass on the 30-yard line, then running in a touchdown on the next play.
“We are our own worst enemy with turnovers and penalties and not wrapping up on tackles,” Cozad said. “We will go back to work on ball security and the fundamentals of tackling.”
Johnston completed six of 15 passes for 56 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Thomas had four catches for 50 yards.
Allen had 18 carries for 96 yards and Hunter Lindsey had five carries for 31 yards.
Kyle Jones led with 12 total tackles, followed by Austin Shipley with 10 tackles. Josh Wheeler had nine tackles, one interception and one pass break-up, Thomas had eight tackles and Lindsey had six tackles.
Drexel, 3-1, travels to Midway to take on their undefeated conference foes at 7 p.m. tonight.
“This week’s opponent is one of the best in the state and the conference front runner,” Cozad said. “We have to be ready to execute and play with some emotion.”