Monday, July 13, 2020
Senior Solomon Havelka (6) carries the ball as a Mankato West defender tries to pull him down in Friday night’s nail biter in Owatonna. The Huskies staged a huge comeback in the fourth quarter to defeat Mankato 24-20.Quarterback Brayden Truelson launches one of his 17 passes in Friday’s homecoming contest against Mankato West. Truelson completed 9 of 17 attempts for 166 yards in the game, which proved to be a true test for the Huskies who were down most of the second half.Matt Williams (1) makes his way through a sea of blue trying to keep Mankato West from getting him. Williams scored one of Owatonna’s three touchdowns in the game.A Mankato West defensive player tries to pull down Tanner Hall (27) during Friday’s game which saw Owatonna stage a late fourth quarter rally to pull out the game by four points. Hall piled up a 168 yards while scoring two of the Huskies’ touchdowns. In the final seconds of the game, Brayden Truelson (10) and Solomon Havelka (6) wave their arms in attempt to drum up more noise and cheering from Owatonna’s fans. It was a packed house for the Huskies who remain unbeaten at 6-0.

Dramatic rally keeps Huskies unbeaten

It went down to the final minute before the top-ranked Owatonna Huskies football team regained the lead to keep its unbeaten record alive during a dramatic comeback victory Friday against Mankato West.

With 1:09 left in the game and trailing 17-20, the Huskies punched through another touchdown and extra point kick to go on top 24-20 over the Scarlets. It was a nerve wracking and tense game for Owatonna as it trailed throughout most of the second half. It proved to be the stiffest competition yet for the Huskies this season.

The game-winning drive started at the West 47-yard line. Quarterback Brayden Truelson connected with Payton Beyer on a 27-yard pass to get into the red zone. Tanner Hall ran in from 10 yards out with 1:09 to play. Sam Henson hit the point-after, giving the Huskies a 24-20 lead.

The win extends the Huskies (6-0) winning streak to 25 games over the past three seasons. It also launches Coach Jeff Williams into a tie with former Indians coach Jerry Peterson for the most victories in Owatonna High School history at 179.

Hall led the Huskies with two touchdowns while Matt Williams added one touchdown. Sam Henson connected on a field goal and a pair of extra point kicks.

Truelson led Owatonna’s passing attack by connecting on 9 of 17 attempts for 166 yards.

The Huskies’ rushing attack came from the speed of Hall, who had 33 carries for 168 yards. Sol Havelka added 6 carries for 22 yards while Truelson had 3 carries for 16 yards.

Beyer led in receiving with 73 yards. Williams had 60 yards and Isaac Oppegard had 41 yards.

On defense, Isaac Gefre had 10 tackles, including 7 solos. Keenan Young added 6 tackles while Carson DeKam and Matt Seykora added 4 each.

Carter Debus blocked an extra point attempt by Mankato West in the fourth quarter.

Owatonna clinched the outright Big Southeast Red Division title for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

The defending state champions will host Mankato East during Parent’s Night Friday. Owatonna will close out the regular season at Rochester John Marshall on Wednesday, Oct. 16.






Huskies 24, Mankato West 20

Owatonna                  7          3          0          14—   24

Mankato West           6          0          8          6—      20


PASSING                    Comp.-Att      Yds.    TD       Int

Sol Havelka                1-2                  8          0          0

Brayden Truelson     9-17                166     1          1




RUSHING                   No.                  Yds.    Avg.    TD

Tanner Hall                33                   168     5.1       2

Sol Havelka                6                      22       3.7       0

Brayden Truelson     3                      16       5.3       0         



RECEIVING                No.                  Yds.    Avg.    TD

Payton Beyer             2                      73       36.5    0

Matt Williams                        7                      60       8.6       1



DEFENSE                   Tackles          Sacks  Int

Isaac Gefre                 10                   0          0

Keenan Young           6                      0          0

Carson DeKam          4                      0          0

Matt Seykora             4                      1          0

Isaac Oppegard         3                      0          0

Payton Beyer             3                      0          0

Hunter Menden        3                      0          0


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