BRUNING — Just as Osceola-High Plains’ football team is getting healthy, the injury bug hit BDS.
With the Eagles’ two-time senior all-state quarterback/linebacker John Christensen sidelined by an ACL tear suffered last week in the final regular-season game, the Stormdogs took advantage of three BDS turnovers and hit key pass plays at critical times to upset the D-1 No. 1 Eagles 34-22 in soggy field conditions Thursday night.
“With our injury situation, we needed to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” said BDS co-head coach Mark Rotter, who shares the duties with Chris Ardissono. “We did at times, but from the middle of the third quarter on, they controlled things up front.
“Give them (Osceola-High Plains) all the credit,” Rotter added. “They made the big plays when they had to and we struggled to make them.”
BDS (8-1), last year’s Class D-2 state champion, had its 21-game winning streak snapped. The Eagle seniors finished their careers 45-2, also winning a D-1 state crown in 2015.
While BDS played without the 6-2, 200-pound Christensen, the Stormdogs (5-4) now have junior back Keaton Van Housen back from a high ankle sprain. He was absent during their three-game losing streak late in the season, but returned last week when O-HP nailed down its spot in the playoffs with a win over Nebraska Lutheran.
“We knew having him (Van Housen) back, we’d be competitive tonight,” said quarterback Dylan Soule, who rushed for 70 yards, scored on four short TD runs and completed 6 of 12 passes for 126 yards.
“We finally put four quarters together. We got some turnovers and we were able to take advantage of some inexperienced players they (BDS) had out there because of their injuries.”
O-HP’s Carson Watts returned an interception 57 yards late in the first quarter and Soule scored on TD runs of 2 and 1 yards to give the Stormdogs an 18-14 lead at intermission.
The Eagles drove 65 yards with their first possession of the third quarter with quarterback Dylan Domeier capping it with a 3-yard TD run. Domeier rushed for 170 yards and threw a pair of first half TD passes — 28 yards to Kameron Dickson and 45 yards to Logan Schroeder — before going out with an injury late in the third quarter.
BDS got a three-and-out on the Stormdogs’ first offensive possession of the second half, only to fumble the punt and give O-HP new life at the BDS 24. After Soule and Watts connected for a 25-yard pass on fourth-and-16 from the BDS 30, Soule scored on a 3-yard run two plays later to put the Stormdogs ahead to stay.
He added a 6-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter to produce the final score.
“When we’re healthy and put together four quarters like we did tonight, we’re a tough team to beat,” said O-HP co-coach TJ Nielsen, whose team was ranked in the top 10 earlier in the season. “We lost some close games, but we knew once we got everyone back, we could play with anybody.”
OSCEOLA-HIGH PLAINS 34, BDS 22
OHP--Soule 2 run (run failed)
BDS--Dickson 28 pass from Domeier (run failed)
OHP--Watts 57 interception return (run failed)
BDS--Schroeder 45 pass from Domeier (Schroeder pass from Domeier)
OHP--Soule 1 run (pass failed)
BDS--Domeier 3 run (Domeier run)
OHP--Soule 3 run (Reed run)
OHP--Soule 6 run (Van Housen pass from Soule)
RUSHING--BDS – Domeier 30-170, Dickson 3-2, Schroeder 1-(-2), Kleinschmidt 7-33, Mick 10-27, Calvert 1-5. Osceola-High Plains – Soule 24-70, Van Housen 15-39, Team 1-(-1).
PASSING--BDS – Domeier 5-9-2, 91; Mick 2-4-0, 19. Osceola-High Plains – Soule 6-12-1, 126.
RECEIVING--BDS – Dickson 2-24, Schoenholz 2-4, Mick 1-18, Schroeder 1-45, Kamler 1-19. Osceola-High Plains – Van Housen 4-68, Boden 1-33, Watts 1-25.