Football: Century hangs tough with No. 1 Owatonna
Williamson rushes for 238 yards in Huskies victory
Century played a state-ranked foe tough for the second straight week, but for the second straight week the Panthers fell short.
A week ago the Panthers dropped a 44-28 road game to Winona, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AAAA. On Friday, Century went up against Owatonna, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA, and suffered a 28-7 loss in Big Southeast Red Sub-District football. The visiting Huskies led just 14-7 at the half.
“(I’m) proud of how hard the kids played,” Century coach Jon Vik said.
Owatonna standout running back Jason Williamson, bound for the University of Minnesota, had a standout game.
The senior rushed for 238 yards on 33 carries and a pair of short touchdown runs.
“Owatonna did a great job controlling the clock in the second half running Williamson,” Vik said. “We needed to get off the field on third down.”
Williamson scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter.
Huskies quarterback Brayden Truelson tossed the first of his two touchdown passes in the second quarter.
He hooked up with Zander Johnson from 28 yards out.
Century got on the board with just 1:45 left in the half when Thomas Mergen burst up the middle and scored on a 45-yard run.
That would be Century’s lone score on the night as the Panthers were limited to 162 yards, 101 rushing and 61 passing.
“Offensively we moved the ball in spurts but did not sustain drives,” Vik said. “We needed to to keep Owatonna’s offense off the field.”
Century senior Arath Martinez had passed for 270 and 285 yards in the past two games.
But the stout Owatonna defense limited Martinez to 2-for-11 passing for 61 yards.
Both completions were to Jack Fisher on gains of 28 and 33 yards.
Mergen led Century’s ground attack with 69 yards on nine carries.
Colin Smith added 30 yards on 10 carries while Steven Nah, who had missed three games due to injury, chipped in with 16 rushing yards on five attempts.
“We played well at times but did not make some plays when we had the chance,” Vik said.
Owatonna (6-0) added one touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
Truelson hit Carson DeKam with a 15-yard scoring pass in the third quarter.
Williamson capped an Owatonna drive in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard run.
The win moves the Huskies to 3-0 in subdistrict play while the loss, Century’s second straight, drops the Panthers to 2-1 in subdistrict play.
Owatonna plays host to Northfield (5-1) in a district showdown next Fiday.
Century (3-3) will host city rival John Marshall at 7 p.m. next Friday.
OWATONNA 28, CENTURY 7
Owatonna 7 7 7 7 — 28
Century 0 7 0 0 — 7
Owa — Jason Williamson 3 run (David Keller kick), 1:59.
Owa — Zander Johnson 28 pass from Brayden Truelson (Keller kick), 3:19.
Cen — Thomas Mergen 45 run (Coleman kick), 1:14.
Owa— Carson DeKam 15 pass from Truelson (Keller kick), 2:14
Owa — Williamson 4 run (Keller kick), 6:55.
Total net yards 407 162
Rushes-yards 47-321 25-101
Passing yards 86 61
Comp.-att.-int. 9-18-0 2-11-0
Punts-ave. 4-37.0 5-35.8
Pen-yards 3-25 1-5
Owatonna — Jason Williamson 33-238, Brayden Truelson 8-54, Solomon Havelka 1-15, Zander Johnson 5-14. Century — Thomas Mergen 6-69, Colin Smith 10-30, Steven Nah 5-16, Arath Martinez 4-(-14).
Owatonna — Brayden Truelson 8 completions, 15 attempts, 85 yards, 0 interceptions, 2 touchdowns; Solomon Havelka 1-3-1-0-0. Century — Arath Martinez 2-11-61-0-0.
Owatonna — Matt Williams 2-20, Ethan Walter 2-0, Zander Johnson 1-28, Carson DeKam 1-15, Payton Beyer 1-10, Jake Miller 1-7, Jason Williamson 1-6. Century — Jack Fisher 2-61.