FULLERTON — Osceola kept rolling towards next week’s showdown against Class D-2 No. 1-rated Humphrey St. Francis.
On Friday, the Bulldogs dominated injury-plagued Fullerton from start to finish in a 58-0 triumph.
Osceola (5-1) won its fifth straight game while gaining 371 yards on 37 carries.
“I think that mainly we were a team and we worked well together,” Osceola coach TJ Nielsen said. “We showed up against a tough, tough Fullerton team that I really thought was scary and really could have took us down and made things tough on us.”
The Bulldogs never attempted a pass except on PATs. They didn’t need to.
Their single-wing offense clicked from the start. Peyton Watts capped off a five-play, 65-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run on the opening series.
Watts finished with 130 yards on nine carries with two scores.
He credited the offensive line — which includes Austin Wieseman (180 pounds), Garrett Fisher (225), Derek Voigt (230), John Surber (300) and Tristin Johnson (225) — for setting the tone up front.
“They average over 200 pounds,” Watts said. “It’s a bunch of bowling balls on the front line. It’s really fun to run behind. (The hole) will always open up. You just stay patient and let those big boys go to work, and they’ll open it up for us.”
Fullback Brennan Bryan added 93 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries.
Fullerton (5-1) never got much going and was held to 75 yards of total offense. The Warriors were already missing several players due to injuries, including Hunter Friend (their leading rusher and tackler) and TJ Dubas (their second-leading rusher).
End/linebacker Elijah Norman was injured early in the second quarterback, and quarterback Brandon Rasmussen got hurt three plays before halftime.
Nielson said his defense played well to record the Bulldogs’ first shutout since 2007.
“I think our kids prepared well this week,” Nielsen said. “They really watched a lot of film and I thought we had a good feel about what they were going to try to do against us. Our kids played real disciplined football and read their keys and got to the football.”
Fullerton’s one sustained drive came in the first quarter and was aided by a roughing the punter penalty. The Warriors went on to advance to the Osceola 21-yard line before an intentional grounding penalty caused the drive to fizzle.
“We had a little stall when we had that roughing the kicker, but other than that defense held strong,” Watts said. “It felt good to shut someone out, especially an undefeated team. That was fun.”
Osceola has outscored its last five opponents 314-29. But a tough challenge now awaits against St. Francis.
“I think our kids are going to be ready for St. Fran,” Nielsen said. “Obviously it’s a big, big week. The last few years they’ve been a little bit of a rival for us, and the kids are going to be excited for it.”
Osceola (5-1) 14 30 8 6—58
Fullerton (5-1) 0 0 0 0—0
O—Peyton Watts 10 run (Austin Wieseman pass from Caden Theis), 9:45.
O—Brennan Bryan 26 run (pass failed), 8:24.
O—Watts 27 run (pass failed), 9:22.
O—Bryan 7 run (Kraton Gabel run), 7:05.
O—Garrett Fisher 10 run (Gabel run), 4:14.
O—Theis 8 run (Bryan run), 1:06.
O—Watts 14 run (Theis run), 6:51.
O—Bryan 1 run (run failed), 9:20.
First downs 15 10
Rushes-yards 37-371 40-44
Passing yards 0 31
Comp-Att-Int 0-0-0 5-17-2
Punts-avg. 0-0 5-26.0
Punt returns 2-13 0-0
Kickoff returns 0-0 3-60
Penalties-yards 3-25 3-25
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
RUSHING—O: Peyton Watts 9-130, Brennan Bryan 10-93, Caden Theis 8-55, Kraton Gabel 2-53, Brody Ienn 2-15, Conner Pinney 1-12, Garrett Fisher 1-10, Carter Boden 3-6, TEAM 1-(minus 3). F: Connor Sonderup 11-39, John Wetovick 17-10, Brady Haughton 4-0, Brandon Rasmussen 7-(minus 2), James Lesiak 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—O: none. F: Brandon Rasmussen 4-14-1 24, Brady Haughton 1-2-1 7, John Wetovick 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING—O: none. F: John Wetovic 3-16, Elijah Norman 1-8, Quinton Knopik 1-7.